- Topic: Copyright
In Support Of: Andrew Bernhard
I appreciate the position of Andrew Bernhard, as expressed moments ago by
himself, concerning uncredited appropriation of intellectual property, and
have shared his message with a list which I manage in early Chinese
studies, for their advice and edification.
We too readily identify violation of copyright as commercial exploitation
without payment of royalties. That surely remains a concern, but of perhaps
even more widespread concern among scholarly writers is proper credit for
their work, and indeed (as in Andrew's case), the proper presentation of
that work. Ethically speaking (I do not pretend to know where statute law
and international agreements may be at this moment on this issue, but I do
know that they are in flux), it is the appropriation, not the profit if
any, that is the proper focus.
I am sure that many website proprietors, in all good faith, feel that in
offering something for free they cannot be inviolation of any inherent
copyright in what they share with their viewers. I am grateful to Andrew
for pointing out the human, and perhaps also legal, fallacy in this
feeling, and hope that his message will be widely heeded in Cyberdemia.
E Bruce Brooks / University of Massachusetts