[okfn-discuss] [open-science] Annotating Open Images with licence and authorship to prevent copyfraud

Gene Shackman eval_gene at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 7 13:04:40 UTC 2013

You mean marking the image with text saying "This image is open."?


On Wed, Aug 7, 2013 5:12 AM PDT Peter Murray-Rust wrote:

>On Wed, Aug 7, 2013 at 11:27 AM, Chris Sakkas <sanglorian at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The original, unwatermarked images could also be archived elsewhere.
>My archetypal use is that someone creates or re-uses an image for scholarly
>publication. Many of the images will be directly created by the author
>(e.g. with Excel, R, etc.) They are not in an archive.
>They send the images as part of the publication and often, by default
>transfer copyright to the publishers. They are then no longer
>  freely available. My suggestion is that if authors mark their images
>before sending them, the publisher will be forced to either challenge this
>or accept that these images are Open.
>Visual marking is a simple way of alerting people to which images are open
>and to the issue in general. For those without tools it could be useful to
>provide a simple immediate service where people could get their images
>Remember that it often costs around 100 USD to re-use images from a
>publisher for teaching or reviews even when the original author has no
>intention of adding to the publishers' revenue and assets.
>Peter Murray-Rust
>Reader in Molecular Informatics
>Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
>University of Cambridge
>CB2 1EW, UK

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