Copyright best practices for communications scholars


5 Responses to “Copyright best practices for communications scholars”

  1. billso says:

    #1, that story doesn’t surprise me a bit. And I agree with #2 – it probably wasn’t the library’s idea to become the campus IP cops.

  2. Jessamyn West says:

    but the librarian insists he needs permissions for all of them before the thesis can be filed in the library.

    This still happens? We in the library community have some work to do…

    • cjovalle says:

      Still happens… although from some stories I’ve heard, it is often at the direction of those external to the library. For example, I’ve heard of university libraries that won’t make dissertations available online unless the student has received permission like this, but the policy came from elsewhere (most likely at the direction of legal counsel). In at least one case, the university itself wouldn’t accept the dissertation until permissions had been granted, before even getting to the library.

      But yeah, the community still has some work to do…

  3. pidg says:

    I based my Master’s thesis pretty much entirely on copyright material. My solution was to not give a shit (and when it came to whether it could be held in the University’s library of theses, I could tick the box saying “Do not make public” with good reason, thus depriving the world of my vast knowledge! RAWR)

  4. watchout5 says:

    I always liked how vague the rules were. “Educational use” can mean a whole lot of things. I would assume though that a UNIVERSITY taking a PAPER would have educational value. No child left behind people, download your way to an A already!

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