A couple of questions for you all:
We make a recommendation to postgraduates submitting etheses in our
digital repository that they consider using a Creative Commons licence,
and we recommend a fairly restrictive licence. Users are able to opt
out of this if they wish to, or choose a less restrictive licence.
We have recently had queries from postgraduates and academics re. the
longevity of Creative Commons licences and whether they can be future
proofed to keep pace with, as yet, unanticipated developments. If
important changes are made to the licences, how are "outdated" licences
kept up to date. So for example if a thesis is deposited in 2008 with
the current version of a licence, what will the situation be in several
years time when that licence may have been superceded.
We wanted to ask if other sites are using CC licences for etheses and
whether they have considered or addressed these issues. Would you
consider trying to keep licences up to date and how would you go about
this? Do you think this is a major problem, or do you think that the
spirit of CC licences will remain pretty constant, despite the fact that
specific licences will be renamed?
A second question is with regard to publisher policies when they
consider publication of material which has previously been presented in
a public and electronically available thesis. Our institution takes
this into consideration when considering restrictions for electronic and
We are interested in any current information with regard to publisher
I am assuming that the most obvious route is to query this with
individual publishers and seek information on their websites. But does
anyone know of any consolidated source of information about publisher
policies? Are there any recent summaries or presentations on typical
policies which are available? We would be interested in using recent
presentations/case studies as potential training material for postgrads.
so that they could become acquainted with these issues.
Thanks in advance for your answers
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