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Copyright Issues

What Can I do with Electronic Documents Available on SCA?

All electronic documents available here are, unless otherwise noted, the copyright of the authors and/or the organization sponsoring the working paper series. You have the right to

Download, view and print electronic documents for personal use.
Copy and distribute electronic documents for use in teaching, provided that no charge is made for the copy.

It may be OK to do additional things with some electronic documents. Obtain the permission of the copyright holder, usually the author or the organization sponsoring the working paper series, before doing anything else.

What happens with the copyright when I place an electronic document on SCA?

In short: Nothing. The copyright remains with the original copyright holder. By placing an electronic document on SCA you implicitly certify that the copyright holder (usually the author or the organization sponsoring the working paper series) grants users of SCA the right to Download, view and print electronic documents for personal use. Copy and distribute electronic documents for use in teaching, provided that no charge is made for the copy.

What happens when a working paper is published?

When publishing a paper in a journal, proceedings volume etc. the publisher usually requires that the copyright of the work is transfered to the publisher. This transfer of copyright may not allow that an electronic version of the work is made available under the above conditions. The exact nature of the copyright agreement varies between publishers, some put no restrictions on distribution of electronic versions, some require that an electronic version should be identical to the published version, some allow that an electronic version is made available if it is different from the published version (i.e. the working paper before the revisions made in the refereeing process) and some completely prohibit that electronic versions are made available.

To facilitate publication of the working paper, SCA will remove the electronic version from the server on the request of the author or the organization sponsoring the working paper series. The easiest way of doing this is by using the form for updating the information about the working paper.

SCA takes no responsibility for any infringements of copyright due to the failure to notify SCA about the change in copyright status of an electronic document.


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