From: "Spehro Pefhany"
Subject: Re: Publishing engineering techniques?
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Date: Sat, 07 Sep 2002 12:18:16 GMT
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The renowned John Woodgate wrote:
> I read in sci.electronics.design that Chris Carlen
> wrote (in <3D796E8C.9010904@BOGUS.earthlink.
> net>) about 'Publishing engineering techniques?', on Sat, 7 Sep 2002:
>>One thing that might concern me here, as folks have
>>suggested simply putting it on a web page which has been my original
>>intention, is that if I send it to a magazine and they publish it, will
>>I then loose some of the copyrights? Would I then be unable to put it
>>on my web site?
> I don't know about US copyright law, but I wouldn't be surprised if
> copyright isn't divided into more 'slices' than in Britain. You probably
> want to sell 'First US serial rights' (no, I've no idea why 'serial' is
> in there') to the magazine (if it's a US magazine). Then you do the
> write-up from a blank sheet for a second time, making it clearly
> different. That can go on your web page.
FNAS (First North American Serial) rights would not prohibit you from
using the material on your web site, as I understand it, though you'd have
to do the layout and editing again from your original work to be
completely kosher. I think they also request the right to use the article
in future collections of articles and such like. The latter is a subject
of great debate and lobbying for professional writers' groups, who feel
that additional payment should be due if the articles are put on a CD-ROM
or otherwise published again.
BUT, I understand that journals, unlike magazines, demand you TURN
OVER the copyright to them (sample clause below). I'm told it's not that
much of a practical problem (like they won't sue you if you put a copy in
with your resume, maybe), but I'm also suspicious of the business sense
of some of the people doing the telling.
BTW, wouldn't 1.0 GBP be the appropriate amount for a quid pro quo?
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. The copyright transfer form will be included with the
confirmation e-mail and must be signed by all authors. If the paper is
prepared for use by or while performing duties of employment of the
author's employer, then an authorized representative of the employer must
sign the document. If all or part of the paper was prepared as part of the
official duties of a US government employee, an authorized US government
offical other than the author must certify.
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