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Re: [BOAI] Re: Free Access vs. Open Access
From: "Javier Corripio" <Javier.Corripio AT meteo.fr>
> Please, let's not lose sight of the problem, which is still there, > as pressing as ever, but now being kept at a distance by yet > *another* groundless, confusion-generating, and -- most important -- > *inaction-encouraging* reservation. > I couldn't have found better words for an answer. Moving to another subject. If we assume that scientists are interested in the wider possible dissemination of their research, we could conclude that strengthtening the rights of the authors to their work may result in a better dissemination. I mean if the practice of given away the copyright at the time of publishing is contested, the authors will be freer to publish their work online. The copyright cesion is an abussive practice, and a clear discrimination if we compare it to other areas of human creativity, where authors are much better protected. Asking for all copy-rights at the time of publishing a photograph would be unthinkable in today's photographic publishing industry, and the photographer normally keeps the right not only to make as many copies of her/his work as she pleases but in some countries to revise the initial license agreement if benefits for the publishers are higher than initially planned/agreed. Additionally the photography publishing industry is clearly for-profit without any altruistic claims. This information comes from the British photographers association leaflets on copyright, additionally, I have worked as a freelance photographer for over 10 years (longer than as a scientific researcher), and never been asked for a single copyright Does any one is familiar with these legal matters and how the legal protection was historically achieved (for the others)? It may be a line worth investigating in terms of keeping scientists' rights to re-use and disseminating their own work. Best regards, Javier Corripio ****************************************************** Dr. Javier G. Corripio Centre d'Etudes de la Neige Météo France - CNRM 1441, Rue de la Piscine F - 38406 St. Martin d'Heres - CEDEX France Tel. +33 4 76 63 37 61 Fax +33 4 76 51 53 46 email: Javier.Corripio AT meteo.fr <This is not an official Meteo France mail>
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