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The Common Sense of Copyright


Bernard T Donovan


Librarians see copyright and the high prices paid for information in academic journals as unnecessary constraints on their ability to provide the desired quality of service to their users, especially when the information is often produced by those same users. Authors and publishers see copyright and journal revenue as a necessary reward for creative effort and the value added to the information by the publishing process. These contrasting views are explored with special reference to the ownership of copyright, electronic publishing and the viability of learned publishing.
How to Cite: Donovan, B.T., 1996. The Common Sense of Copyright. Serials, 9(2), pp.148–154. DOI:
Published on 01 Jul 1996.
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