Academic assertions

"THE TRADITIONAL rôle of the academic author as a passive supplicant in the publishing process is changing into that of an active participant," asserts the National Consultation of Academic Authors, convened by the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society in November.

"Academic authors consider themselves to be writers with rights. They place a professional and commercial value on their work... Academic authors should not assign copyright in either print or electronic versions of their work to publishers... Every right should be specified and licensed individually over a fixed term and in defined formats."

To comment on the full paper (by 13 March), or if you have not yet signed up with ALCS so that it can collect for overseas photocopying of your works, contact ALCS at 14-18 Holborn, London EC1N 2LE.

Mar/Apr 1998

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