WG4 copyright issues

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Copyright issues penetrate the area of publishing. Copyright agreements have traditionally been established between the publisher and the author giving the publisher extended economical rights to the material. One of the ideas behind Open Access publishing is to allow the authors to retain more rights to their own work. This includes rights to copy, deposit and the use of the material in teaching.

Work group 4 plans to involve a person with documented experience in copyright law part time to act as a consultant to primarily the rest of the project. This may involve contract writing between publishers and authors, which retain rights with the author, but still allow for reasonable right for the publisher.

Another area of special copyright issues pertains to retro-digitization. When a journal considers Open Access publishing, it is also interested in making past issues available online. Journals may have been published for decades and the possibility of contacting the authors to secure the rights to online Open Access publishing to their old work may be an impossible task. Work will be done to find solutions to this problem nationally or with the Nordic area.

The work group will focus its activities to 3 meetings, two group meetings and one final seminar, in addition to the continual helpdesk function provided by the law professional. The open final meeting will contain discussions regarding the different issues that have been investigated. Another major effort within the work group is to monitor the copyright developments within the Nordic countries and within the EU.

Report: Eeva-Liisa Aalto: The journals of Finnish Learned Societies and their copyright practice


Project members

The following institutions participate in WG4:
Lund University, Lund, Sweden - leader
Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, Helsinki, Finland - active
University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland - active
Museum Tusculanum Press,Copenhagen, Denmark - passive
Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark - passive
Linköping University, together with Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm), Sweden - passive