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Re: [BOAI] Re: THES article on research access Friday June 6 2003
From: "Margaret H. Freeman" <freemamh AT lavc.edu>
On 6/10/03 5:44 PM, "Peter Suber" <peters AT earlham.edu> ↵ wrote: > At 04:42 PM 6/10/2003 -0400, you wrote: >> On 6/10/03 1:26 PM, "Stevan Harnad" <harnad AT ↵ ecs.soton.ac.uk> wrote: >>=20 >>> > So copyright is certainly not the problem. >>=20 >> That may be true for certain disciplines, but I can attest that in the >> humanities, where we cite original literature, we find it expensive ↵ and >> sometimes impossible to make our research internet accessible. >>=20 >> Margaret >=20 > Margaret, > Could you elaborate on this a bit further? I can understand why art > historians and art critics have problems. They want to reproduce entire = works > to illustrate their points. But I don't see any comparable problem for > scholarship in literature, history, philosophy, or religion. Citing orig= inal > literature, and quoting passages in fair use, do not violate copyright. > I can also see why copyright would thwart those who want to make > anthologies or reprint whole works; but these problems affect all discipl= ines > equally.=20 >=20 > Best, > Peter >=20 >=20 Sorry I wasn=B9t more explicit. By =B3literature=B2 I was thinking of creative writings, such as poetry, fiction, drama, the texts of which do not get int= o the public domain for years (and the time has recently been increased further). Publishers consider one poem a =B3complete=B2 work (as opposed to a book of poems), which means if you want to cite an entire poem, it is not considered fair use. I know this could be debated, but scholars tend not to be willing to take on the publishers on their own. Even in scholarly articles, we have to pay fees (e.g. $200 for one poem by Sylvia Plath), and the restrictions are heavy (no publishing elsewhere or loading on websites)= . Margaret
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