The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.1061 Wednesday, 29 November 2006
Date: Tuesday, 28 Nov 2006 15:33:27 -0800
Subject: 17.1056 Licensing and Public Domain
Comment: Re: SHK 17.1056 Licensing and Public Domain
Sean Palmer asks,
>Perhaps someone on here is affiliated with uvic.ca and would be happy to
>discuss the licensing conditions of these texts?
and comments that limiting the licence to educational, non-profit
purposes is "absurd for the original spelling versions."
I can indeed comment, on behalf both of the Internet Shakespeare
Editions as a non-profit organization, and of our team of editors.
The main reason we have taken our present position on copyright is to
protect the interests of our editors, who labour for many hours making
the texts as accurate as possible; those fully edited are peer-reviewed,
and become the intellectual property of the editor rather than the site.
(In this we are unlike many scholarly publishers, who retain copyright.)
In addition, the old-spelling texts you see online are just the tip of
an iceberg: at a deeper level our editors mark them up in such a way
that they record all Early Modern type-forms (the long-s, and the
ligatures the compositors used), and many other features. As yet,
browsers do not display this information, but it's there when they do,
and in the meantime the texts are available for rich kinds of searches.
There are, however, some arguments in favour of making scholarly texts
available in the public domain, and we will certainly be discussing
these alternatives as the site matures further.
Coordinating Editor, Internet Shakespeare Editions
Department of English, University of Victoria
Victoria B.C. V8W 3W1, Canada.
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