Re: Authors "Victorious" in UnCover Copyright Suit (Stevan Harnad) (Rick Anderson) Marcia Tuttle 10 Aug 2000 16:08 UTC

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Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2000 09:36:17 -0400
From: Rick Anderson <Rick_Anderson@UNCG.EDU>
Subject: Re: Authors "Victorious" in UnCover Copyright Suit (Stevan Harnad)

Stevan says:

> Collaborating in the raising of yet another needless
> access-barrier between these no-market give-aways and that
> tiny potential readership (and correspondingly tiny
> research impact), over and above the one the primary
> publisher already needlessly erects there in the form
> of Subscription/Site-License/Pay-per-View (S/L/P) tolls is,
> in the On-Line, Post-Gutenberg age, not only self-defeating
> but downright absurd, for researchers whose primary,
> secondary, and tertiary interest is only to maximize the
> impact of their research findings!

I say:

But that describes only some (maybe even most, but
certainly not all) of those authors affected by this
decision.  Those whose interests are limited to broad
dissemination of their work are free not to submit a claim,
while those whose interests include getting paid for the
distribution of their work now have the option of claiming.

> The myopia of the research cavalry is a real head-shaker,
> sometimes...

Ain't it the truth?  Of course, those who see the
destruction of copyright control as heralding an
Information Utopia seem pretty myopic, too, so it must be
going around...

Rick Anderson
Head Acquisitions Librarian
Jackson Library
UNC Greensboro
(336) 334-5281

"Because somebody is wrong
about something does not mean
that nobody can be right about
          -- Terry Teachout