Legal threats from science publishers.
ScienceBlogger Shelly Batts of Retrospectacle has received notice from the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, one of the Wiley group’s journals.
Pop over to read the letter they sent her, requesting she remove from her blog information she posted about a journal article. Particularly nice is the letter’s declaration of the Society of Chemical Industry’s motto:
SCI – where science meets business
On a whim, I checked Wiley Interscience’s terms and conditions of use. Here is Rule A(2):
…Authorized Users have the right to use, with appropriate credit, figures, tables and brief excerpts from individual articles in the Electronic Product(s) in your own scientific, scholarly and educational works.
It would be good to know what the authors of the study think about this.
Update: Science bloggers are up in arms, and BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow calls for a boycott of the journal. After an apology from SCI (it says abusive bloggers have upset the woman who sent the threat), Shelly thinks this matter is resolved.