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Universities and article copyright

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The advent of electronic publishing raises many questions about the exercise of digital rights. We examine the problem of who owns the copyright of articles in the context of university attitudes to intellectual property generally and evolving practices in the publishing arena. We conclude that the balance between author and publisher is changing and that universities, as employers, could play a larger part in shifting the balance still further.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Director of Information Strategy, University of Strathclyde 2: Internet Copyright Officer, Centre for Educational Systems, University of Strathclyde 3: Director, ETRAC (Emerging Technologies Research and Assessment Centre), University of Strathclyde

Publication date: July 1, 2000

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  • Editor in Chief: Pippa Smart
    North American Editor: Judy Luther

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