Artefacts created by publicly funded institutions should be licensed in the public domain, using licences such as the creative commons. I agree with you Stu. This ensures that it remains in the public domain, including all derivatives for future generations to enjoy. As a semi-active researcher, it bothers me that I no longer hold the copyright to papers that I have written and published in journals. In fact, one publisher had the gall to reprint a paper I wrote as a book chapter, and then asked me to buy the book, and encourage my institution’s library to do the same.
As a researcher it also frustrates me when I come up against paywalls for articles. It is frightening to me just how much of the global body of knowledge is owned by such a small number of very large corporate conglomerates. I am encouraged by the actions of Princeton University and many others who are creating policy:
aimed at broadening the reach of their scholarly work and encouraging publishers to adjust standard contracts that commonly require exclusive copyright as a condition of publication.
Academic publishers have been on a good wicket for a long time. It’s time for a change.