At 12:35 PM 9/9/2008, you wrote:
>I found this in one of our medical journals ....
>Individuals who wish to subscribe at a reduced rate must declare
>informally that the subscription is for their own private use. It will
>not replace any institutional subscription and it will not be put at the
>disposal of any library."
>One could assume from this that one cannot therefore donate old
>issues to any library.
I suspect they couldn't really enforce this *forever*. Adding issues to
the collection many years late can't reasonably be seen as replacing
an institutional subscription. A library that would wait that long probably
wasn't going to subscribe anyway, even without the donor.
I believe the American Society for Investigative Pathology used to
actually place such a time restriction, of five years, on the covers of
its personal-subscriber issues, something like "Library use prohibited
before 2010" or whatever year was five years after publication.
Maybe five years isn't a safe period of time to wait before adding a
journal like the one you describe, but there's gotta be *some* time
period after which it is okay. Can any legal eagles out there confirm
or disagree? SW
PS: I'm curious about the title of the journal you mentioned.
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