I expect that other non-profit organizations in operation for longer
than AMIA, such as SMPTE (established in 1916) have established
policies of authorship and ownership for works created in support of
If this turns out to be an issue, then the first step should be a survey
of the policies of comparable non-profit membership associations.
On 1/22/06, Elias Savada <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Was this intentional or not? Perhaps the group/committee member did
> not realize what he/she was doing by (I assume) affixing a copyright
> notice on the document in his/her name? If unintended, just removing
> the notice in favor of none or one that perhaps should be generalized
> for all AMIA public documents (probably "(c) AMIA" followed by the year
> of publication). On the surface, if the member in question truly
> intended to control copyright and distribution, this bodes poorly for
> the collective good of the organization. I'd like more details on the
> situation before expressing any additional comments.
> Eli Savada
> Bethesda MD
> On Jan 22, 2006, at 5:01 PM, 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