[od-discuss] Open Data Buttons
pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Fri Mar 9 17:59:19 GMT 2012
On Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 5:17 PM, Rufus Pollock <rufus.pollock at okfn.org>wrote:
> Ah the curse of changing themes in wordpress -- all your footer
> widgets go walkabout.
> This is actually a serious problem. Many licences are attached to sites
and containers rather than documents and components of documents. I have
had the same problem as Rufus - I don't control my wordpress site and every
so often the licence gets dropped.
It's even worse for images. If I publish in an Open Access journal (CC-BY)
and someone re-uses an image (which they may, of course do) then the image
doesn't carry a licence automatically. Yes, the re-user is required to
carry the licence but it's hard work for each image and some of us
occasionally slip up. Is there a solution for this?
Let's assume that an author wished to protect their images from downstream
appropriation. Is there a tool for embedding something in the image that
obviously shows that it has been made CC-CY or CC0 or whatever so that a
re-publisher cannot stamp their copyright on it? This applies very strongly
to science where I'd like to see a way of protecting the Openness of images
before the publishers claim them. (I'm thinking of images such as graphs
the authors or the authors software drew, not cultural works)
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
CB2 1EW, UK
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