Re: Evolving APS Copyright Policy (American Physical Society)

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 10:00:11 +0100

On Tue, 11 Jul 2000, martin blume wrote:

> Stevan,
> There seems to be a major foulup in the message below. the "revised
> copyright form" is really the OLD one, as is apparent from the name of the
> file. Also, I thought you were going to send the NEW one along with the
> explanation of the changes by Stanley Brown that I had sent you several
> days ago. It is embarrassing to see the old form, disguised as the new,
> going out to your list without any explanation, and under my name. Please
> correct this, and send me a draft of what you want to post, or else let me
> do that.
> Marty

Dear Marty,

I am sorry I misunderstood your message. (I thought what you had
written me earlier (see below), in reply to my earlier query about
whether "old"/"new" had not been inadvertenly swapped in your message,
that the URL I had already posted was indeed the NEW one and not the
old one.) And I thought the text I posted was precisely the one you had
meant me to post.

Yes, please do post directly to the list exactly what you had intended
to appear there. Meanwhile, I hasten to post this corrigendum, with the
PDF for the NEW APS copyright form attached.

It is also archived at:

[What apparently happened was that your message, message, which I
posted, had had the old but not the new PDF file attached to IT!]



Date: Sun, 09 Jul 2000 10:23:39 -0400
From: Martin Blume <>

The APS has just revised its copyright form, and the one you pointed to
is in fact the new one. []

Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2000 15:42:30 +0100 (BST)
From: Stevan Harnad <>

Thanks for the update (I think below you mean "old" not "new").
Is there a URL for the new one, so I can change it in all my

Date: Sun, 09 Jul 2000 11:19:32 -0400
From: Martin Blume <>

You do, in fact, point to the new one (we replaced the old one in the
same location - If you look in the upper right corner you'll see it
marked as revised 6/00).

Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2000 15:03:02 -0400
From: Martin Blume <>

OK - feel free to distribute my statement
The URL for the NEW (6/00) copyright form is (or.pdf,
If you want to see the old form (12/99) it's available at

At 03:42 PM 7/9/00 +0100, you wrote:
> > Hi, Stevan,
> >
> > The APS has just revised its copyright form, and the one you pointed to
> > is in fact the new one.
> >
> >
> > The following statement, put together by our Editorial Director, Stanley
> > Brown, summarizes our rationale:
> >
> > In June 2000, APS released a new copyright-transfer agreement, giving
> > authors more freedom in the subsequent use of their articles published
> > in APS journals. Under the terms of the new agreement, authors are
> > free to grant permission to others to republish their articles (not of
> > course in other journals, but in, for example, collections of articles
> > on a specialized subject or by a particular author). Permission of APS
> > is needed only if the APS-formatted version (e.g., the actual printed
> > pages from the APS journal, or the PDF or HTML file from the online
> > journal) is used.
> >
> > Under the previous version of the copyright-transfer agreement, the
> > permission of both APS and the authors was needed for any
> > republication. Under the new agreement, permission from either APS or
> > the authors is sufficient. APS and the authors can now each proceed
> > without reference to the other in granting permission.
> >
> > APS decided to remove the requirement for joint agreement both to give
> > authors more freedom regarding subsequent uses of their work, and to
> > protect its own interests in possibly ambiguous situations in the
> > future. In producing its own print and online journals, APS currently
> > acts through two different composition houses and two different online
> > hosts. APS is confident that these arrangements with vendors acting on
> > its behalf do not constitute republication by third parties, and thus
> > do not, even under the old copyright agreement, require permission from
> > both APS and authors. However, it is possible to imagine more complex
> > arrangements in the future. To avoid having to consider whether such
> > arrangements could be interpreted as third-party "republication", APS has
> > modified the agreement to make it clear that all such arrangements are
> > within the scope of its rights as publisher, while also making it clear
> > that the authors have a similar freedom.
> >
> > The American Institute of Physics is also modifying its copyright
> > agreements with authors. It is expected that the AIP and APS
> > agreements will be nearly identical with each other.
> > ------------------------------------------

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