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  • Subject: Information from ICSTI circulars
  • From: Pete Strickland <ps@iucr.org>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 08:49:45 GMT
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Subject: An article about copyright lawyers in the content industry.
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 10:59:29 -0000
From: Barry Mahon <mahons1@EIRCOM.NET>

I am grateful to Peter Suber of the FOS bloglet for the link to this item, a
 very interesting commentary on whether copyright 'violation' is always bad
 for content owners.

An extract:

"There's a lesson in this example that executives in the content industry
 should think about before they sign away their businesses to lawyers. The
 law is a rough- edged tool. It was not crafted by geniuses of economics. How
 it affects new and different markets is uncertain. A smart business
 therefore asks not whether the use of its content is "theft," but whether
 the use of its content will (eventually at least) benefit it. The business
 of business is to make business, not to purify the world of copyright

The URL:


Subject: Survey of e-print use
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2003 14:14:14 -0000
From: Barry Mahon <mahons1@EIRCOM.NET>

I found this in a 'cleanup' of my in-tray. It makes interesting reading
 apropos of our Jan 23/24 event.

 Lawal, Ibironke.  "Scholarly Communication: The Use and Non-Use of E-Print
Archives for the Dissemination of Scientific Information"

Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship (Fall 2002)
(http://www.istl.org/02-fall/article3.html). -
This study examines the use of e-print archives by a random sample of 473
 U.S. and Canadian scholars in nine scientific fields of study. Only 18% of
 the respondents used e-prints, but 90.7% of those who did cited them in
 articles. Physics/Astronomy had the highest rate of use (51.6%) followed by
Mathematics/Computer Science (28.8%). The remaining disciplines ranged
between 7.4% (Engineering) and 0% (Chemistry). Why such low levels of use?
Leaving aside the "no answer" category, the most frequent reply was "not
relevant" with one exception--"against the policy of publishers" was the most
frequent answer in Chemistry. The paper also presents interesting data about
 the use of specific archives, the potential change in archive use if
 barriers were removed, and when the e-print was made available in the
 traditional publication cycle. The author discusses the differences in
 e-print use by discipline in some detail and concludes: "Not all the
 disciplines are up to speed with using e-print archives partly due to the
 culture of information use in the various disciplines and partly due to low
 awareness level."



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