Publishing and copyright in mathematics and allied fields
Rehmann's latest table
of journal prices.
Suber's compilation of
open access lists. Of special interest is the list of fourteen
"Journal declarations of independence".
Rob Kirby's May
27, 1997 letter to the
Rob Kirby's Dec. 30 1997 letter to Elsevier.
Aug. 2000 article
in the Notices of the
American Mathematical Society.
Knuth's Oct. 25 2003 letter
to the editorial board of the Journal of Algorithms.
John Baez's Jan. 8
2006 discussion of
Topology board of editors' Aug. 10 2006 letter of
Scott Aaronson's 2006
Allyn Jackson's May 2007 article
in the Notices, discussing the Topology
Links to the K-Theory affair.
domain dedication. I use this
instead of retaining or granting copyright on my papers.
It is case law, in the United States, that copyright can be
abandoned. See Micro
Star v. Formgen, Section 22, stating
It is well settled that rights gained under the Copyright Act may be
abandoned. But abandonment of a right must be manifested by some overt
act indicating an intention to abandon that right. See Hampton
v. Paramount Pictures Corp., 279 F.2d 100, 104 (9th Cir.1960).
Pulling on the string a bit: In Hampton
v. Paramount, Section 19 we find
Rights gained under the Copyright Law, 17 U.S.C.A. 1 et seq., may be
abandoned. Abandonment of such rights, however, must be manifested by
some overt act indicative of a purpose to surrender the rights and
allow the public to copy. National Comics Publications v. Fawcett
Publications, 2 Cir., 191 F.2d 594, 598.
So we turn to National
v. Fawcett and in Section 2, we find
we do not doubt that the "author or proprietor of any work made the
subject of copyright" by the Copyright Law (1) may "abandon" his
literary property in the "work" before he has published it, or his
copyright in it after he has done so; but he must "abandon" it by some
overt act which manifests his purpose to surrender his rights in the
"work," and to allow the public to copy it.
The footnote (1) refers to Section
9, Title 17 U.S. Code, which no longer exists, as Title 17 was
rewritten by the Copyright Act of 1976. Neat.
You may retrieve your copyright after 35 years (but only before
40 years). This is called a termination
in the New Yorker on innovation in a field less well protected by
in the New Yorker (also by James Surowiecki) on the "tragedy of the
post by Suzanne Vega touching on copyright issues regarding the
many remixes of her song "Tom's Diner."
Here is a list of copyright transfer forms used by various journals.
Last touched: Sun Oct 4 20:27:29 BST 2009