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Thursday, June 26, 2008

ACRL permits CC licenses

The Association of College and Research Libraries has posted a new Publications Agreements FAQ for authors in its serials and monographs. (Thanks to Charles Bailey.) From the FAQ:
What about Creative Commons?
We didnít want to require our authors to publish their works using a Creative Commons license, but you are welcome to attach the CC license of your choosing to your work after it is published by ACRL. ...
Comment. This doesn't look like a new policy: the FAQ also states that authors only relinquish right of first publication and various non-exclusive rights, and retain copyright. That means authors are still able to license and sub-license (e.g. with a Creative Commons license) their work to others. This new statement just makes that right explicit.