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Re: [BOAI] Copyright (or left) issues, a question

From: Stevan Harnad <harnad AT>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 12:00:57 +0100 (BST)

Threading: [BOAI] Copyright (or left) issues, a question from peter.j.murray AT
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See the Project Romeo site:

and also:

On Mon, 28 Jul 2003, Peter Murray wrote:

> 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 
> we as a group, or individuals stand, on the issue of signing over 
> of their work to other organisations, eg publishers, conference 
> 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 
> give them permission to use the materials under GNU GPL.

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