What can or cannot be done under CC-BY may quickly become a moot point - according to Elsevier Connect, "the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) is contemplating the release of a more specific user license designed for scholarly communication. This would likely:
- Permit scholarly non-commercial use
- Prohibit the creation of derivative products
- Expressly permit text and data-mining for academic purposes and translation"
from: STM / An Introduction to Copyright & Legal Affairs / The Aims of the Copyright and Legal Affairs Committee
Elsevier, Wiley, Springer, and Taylor & Francis all have multiple listings under STM Membership.
In other words, while the academics who do the work of scholarship, writing and editing struggle to understand the legal concepts and present solutions off the sides of our busy desks, the companies that have long been in the business of profiting off our work and our generosity have lots of $ to hire lawyers to change the legal landscape to suit their preferred priorities (profits for themselves / their shareholders).
Dr. Heather Morrison
École des sciences de l'information / School of Information Studies
University of Ottawa
ALA Accreditation site visit scheduled for 30 Sept-1 Oct 2013 /
Visite du comité externe pour l'accréditation par l'ALA est prévu le 30
sept-1 oct 2013
This post is part of the Creative Commons and Open Access Critique series