However, copyright law in international treaty and national legislation
is very clear. Unless the person in question is an employee and the
work is a work for hire, or the person is a consultant and the ownership
of any work produced is transferred to the hiring party, as part of the
contract, copyright resides with the creator.
MIC has lots of materials written by others via the Education and
Outreach Committee. We addressed copyright in the following way. We
acknowledge that copyright resides with the creator but we ask them to
license their creations for use with attribution, using a Creative
Commons license, which appears on the bottom of each web page. What we
still need to do is provide guidance on attribution on a separate page.
I suggest that AMIA might want to adopt the same strategy. The critical
issues: AMIA has no legal claim to copyright, which resides with the
authors. AMIA is, however, a publisher, and like other publishers can
negotiate the licensing of the resources it is publishing. In the case
of AMIA, which shares the goal of MIC to make information about film
preservation broadly available, an appropriate Creative Commons license
can be selected. If someone will not adopt the CC license for their
work, then AMIA might choose not to publish or distribute the work.
E. Summer wrote:
> An issue has been raised where a member of a standing AMIA interest
> group/committee claimed copyright ownership of a draft of a document
> generated for public dispersal as an official document of AMIA.
> It is my understanding that AMIA is a public organization and that the
> product of my or anyone else's contributions to this organization is
> for the benefit of the public. The idea of "private ownership" or
> "copyright" of an e-mail or suggestions for some project that benefits
> the public is not in keeping with those goals.
> This issue is, I believe, crucial to the progress and survival of AMIA
> and ought to be aired and discussed publicly by the entire membership
> of the organization.
> Edward Summer
> Planetarium Station
> POB 502
> NY, NY 10024-0502
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