Re: HathiTrust & five universities sued

On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 11:40 PM, Aaron Kuperman  wrote:

<snip>A scholar can put a simple note on the t.p. verso granting anyone the right to republish (presumably giving him credit).  It is very easy to do. If the author doesn’t do so, doesn’t that mean that he is saying “you do not have permission to publish this without paying me”. With the option of publishing online, it is easy to get your work published.
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For open access/open archives, that is correct, but otherwise, if you want to publish in a scholarly journal (which most people do) then 99.9% of the time, you have to sign away your own rights to the publisher. This means that even you have to get permission to use your own articles. Also, if someone wants to use your writings, any money goes to the publisher and not to you. I mean, how many scholars have gotten any money from their content in the Ebsco, Elsevier, Baker & Taylor, etc. databases? I certainly haven’t gotten a penny. And those businesses are definitely making a lot of money.

Just within the last few years, publishers have been more or less forced by the scholarly community to allow authors to put one copy into an open archive. This is the purpose of the Sherpa/Romeo list http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/, which lets authors know what their own rights are, e.g. for “Library Trends” http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/search.php?jtitle=library+trends&issn=0024-2594&zetocpub=Johns+Hopkins+University+Press&romeopub=Johns+Hopkins+University+Press&fIDnum=|&mode=simple&la=en&version=&source=journal&sourceid=8599 (We discover that this is a good journal by the way!)
The development of the open access movement has been fascinating to me, and the associated responses on the part of publishers to limit access through the Google Books non-agreement, ILL, copyright issues, and so on, is just as interesting. In my view, we are witnessing historic, evolutionary changes in the information environment. Librarians, for better or worse, are pretty much forced to watch from the sidelines while the big, huge players such as the publishers, and Google type companies, work things out. 
The question is: will these big, huge players turn out to be like the dinosaurs or not? All libraries can do is to emulate our little mammalian predecessors back then: make sure we scurry away and avoid being crushed in their fights, and mainly, to adapt to whatever the situation becomes.

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