Social networking sites such as ResearchGate contain many illegal, publisher-owned PDFs that have been posted by academics. How important are copyright issues to you as a researcher or teacher at Wageningen University & Research?
A recent post on The Scholarly Kitchen discussed the complicated relationship between scholarly culture and ‘copyright culture’.
According to the author Elizabeth Gadd, there are two cultures: the scholarly culture and the copyright culture. The scholarly culture advocates sharing scientific knowledge as widely as possible and sees the author as the rightful owner of his or her work. The copyright culture, however, consists of a whole range of “copyright legislation, licenses, policies and practices”.
The blogpost Scholarly culture vs. copyright culture? explains how the Library offers support to teachers and researchers on copyright issues.