The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) News Service has a new blog post (likely written by DOAJ’s Managing Director) on issues with copyright and licensing in the world of open access publishing.
It’s the first of two posts on the topic and runs 1550 words.
From “Copyright and Licensing Incompatibility – Part 1”:
As we go through journal applications at DOAJ, we see a lot of confusing and conflicting information on journal web sites. We see and hear examples of authors blithely signing away their copyright to the publisher because their paper has been licensed with a Creative Commons license and they do not check, know how to check, care to check for license/copyright compatibility with the publisher’s copyright form they have signed. It can happen that the terms of the copyright cancel out any licensing terms that allow reuse, distribution and reworking. More commonly, we see CC licenses applied to works which, when combined with the publisher’s copyright, actually exclude the author.
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