[TOS] Copyright assignment considered harmful?
mel at redhat.com
Sat Aug 20 06:12:45 UTC 2011
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As some of you know, I started grad school this week. And... culture
shock. Ohhhh boy, culture shock. (Yes, I know every professor who's had
me for POSSE is now chortling with we-told-you-so glee.) One incident
came today, when at the urging of Karl Fogel, who runs
http://questioncopyright.org, I looked into academic copyright --
specifically, what's the deal for the places TOS typically submits to
(FIE and SIGCSE)?
A few hours and a quietly dawning horror later, I... think I've screwed
up. My first couple co-submissions of work on teaching open source are,
ironically, *unable* to be open-licensed. I've documented my naive
Please tell me that I'm missing something. How can we get
academically-published TOS output released under open licenses? Why do
we put up with this? Yes, I understand the publishing industry needs to
make money and this "way of doing things" was well-intentioned at the
time they were designed, but... but... why?
PS: This isn't the only thing I've written about academic culture shock,
btw -- for instance,
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