[okfn-discuss] Temporary CC license

Peter Murray-Rust pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Fri Apr 25 14:55:16 UTC 2014

Read the CC licence. It's crystal clear: I have highlighted it (*** bold
You are free to:

   - *Share* — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
   - *Adapt* — remix, transform, and build upon the material

   - ******The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow
   the license terms.******

Under the following terms:


   *Attribution* — You must give appropriate
   provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were
   You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests
   the licensor endorses you or your use.

   *NonCommercial* — You may not use the material for commercial

On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM, John Levin <john at technolalia.org> wrote:

> Dear list,
> I came across a curious academic publishing gambit I'd like to ask the
> list about.
> In short, two articles in Society and Space Volume 32 Number 2 have been
> made open access.
> The cc-by-nc button and the text 'Open Access" mark these 2 articles on
> the journal issue page:
> http://www.envplan.com/contents.cgi?journal=D&volume=32&issue=2
> And the two articles are announced as open access until June 18th
> http://societyandspace.com/2014/04/24/discussion-forum-
> on-henri-lefebvre-dissolving-city-planetary-metamorphosis-
> paper-and-intro-open-access-and-four-online-commentaries/
> However, the PDFs of the articles have (c) Pion and Licensors at the
> bottom.
> In the comments on the announcement page, I asked what happens after June
> 18th. The reply was: "I think Pion will simply revert to the previous
> status on that date."
> Can this be done? Does this revoke previously granted rights? If I
> republished the articles on a blog, would I be obliged to take them down on
> June 18th?
> Or - as I suspect - does a publisher not understand open access and CC
> licenses?
> John
> --
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Peter Murray-Rust
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
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