Copyright

Semantic enrichment and copyright

In a recent article Todd focuses on a publishers' new tendency consisting in inserting links within the online version of an article using artificial intelligence to identify concepts, names etc. (Where Does Enhancement End and Citation Begin? in The Scholarly Kitchen, October 2021).
According to the author there is a subtle line between semantic enrichment and copyright: the links address the reader to topic pages and can help to understand specialist or scientific terms. However, in someone's opinion these changes, without the author's consent, can be too invasive and could violate the integrity of the publication. Todd's article and the comments raise insightful thoughts.

In Italy, copyright is regulated by Law 633/1941 [633/1941, ITA] and subsequent amendments [successive modifiche, ITA].

Signing a publishing contract grants in whole or in part the rights of: publishing, reproduction, transcription, distribution, disclosure to the public, translation, loan/rental. In case of exclusive rights, the work cannot be published online, distributed during lessons, presented at seminars, included in further works, archived in the institutional repository (ARCA).
The publisher may also refuse to grant permission to deposit a publication (in pre-print or post-print versions) in the repositories. In this case, it is recommended to check in advance the publishing policy or the contract.

Draft Publishing Contracts

The law allows the author to grant even only few rights to the publisher.
There are many alternative contracts models that allow to the author to retain the right to publish his own work in the institutional repository or to make changes to the contract after it has been signed through the Addendum to the contract.
In this case, the author holds some rights, such as the reuse of his own work for educational purposes or the possibility to archive it in the institutional repository.
For more information, see the contract models on the ARCA webpage (see: Draft Publishing Contracts).

Per saperne di più sul diritto d'autore consigliamo le linee guida redatte da SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), an alliance of universities, research libraries and institutions that promotes Open Access.

To understand more about foreign publishing policies, see the website Sherpa Romeo, which lists the publishers according to their approaches to self-archiving in personal websites or institutional repositories.

Last update: 09/11/2021