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[BOAI] Copyright (or left) issues, a question
From: Peter Murray <peter.j.murray AT btinternet.com>
A question/issue that I think is relevant to discussions on this list, and that I would like to try and get some opinions, or guidance, on. If we are talking about, and promoting, ideas of open access etc., where do we as a group, or individuals stand, on the issue of signing over copyright of their work to other organisations, eg publishers, conference organisers, etc? I ask as it is an issue I have faced recently, and which I feel will increasingly cause problems. While we want to get discussion of open access etc into a wider forum, can we, morally, then say in articles where we are promoting open access that we will give up our copyright to the publishers etc? - or do we just swallow our principles? Has anyone else faced similar situations, and how have they tackled it? - on the occasion in question, the conference organisers were happy for me to give them permission to use the materials under GNU GPL. Cheers, Peter Murray
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