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Re: CONLANG conference, and some random things...

From:David G. Durand <dgd@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 24, 2006, 3:33
Probably very little. I wasn't being completely consistent.

I was thinking of easily printable PDF versions (which might have
value for those who want typography). In any case, I don't think that
either publishing without permission, or removing access to something
that's out there is a good idea.

There are also strong cultural (and sometimes practical) reasons to
make books even of things that are available free on the internet --
It constitutes a (very weak) endorsement, and enlists a whole
different set of distribution channels, to potentially reach a
different audience. That said, bookstore sales of such books are
_very_ unlikely.

While I am a fan of open source gift culture, I also like the idea of
seeing (even small) rewards to people who have made amazing things, or
written good books.

As to the test idea of proceedings, we'd have to first agree that it's
part of the conference, and second write a copyright policy and have
authors sign it.
Academic organizations take ownership, and grant rights back to the
author, but I think we should do it the other way -- so as not to
impair an author's rights should they gain access to another, larger
publisher, or create an expanded work.

  -- David

On 1/23/06, Sai Emrys <sai@...> wrote:
> One point - what's the benefit of buying digital copies of such works, > when they're already (at least in the case of RAM's LSoaMTI) available > online? > > - Sai >
-- -- David