Clio Wired

An Introduction to History & New Media

Week 12


  1. Dan Cohen & Roy Rosenzweig, “Chapter 7: Owning the Past?” Digital History (2006)
  2. Peter Suber, “Open Access Overview
  3. Dan Cohen, “Treading Water on Open Access” (September 25, 2012)

Debating Dissertation Embargos

(read the comments on the blog posts)

  1. American Historical Association Statement on Policies Regarding the Embargoing of Completed History PhD Dissertations (July 2013)
  2. Q&A on the AHA’s Statement on Embargoing of History Dissertations (July 24, 2013)
  3. William Cronon, “Why Put at Risk the Publishing Options of Our Most Vulnerable Colleagues?” (July 26, 2013)
  4. Trevor Owens, “Notes toward a Bizarro World AHA Dissertation Open Access Statement” (July 22, 2013)
  5. Adam Crymble, “Students should be empowered, not bullied into open access” (July 23, 2013)
  6. Rebecca Anne Goetz, “Do not fear open access. Embrace It” (August 22, 2013)

Fair Use

  1. Judge Chin’s Ruling on Google Books Fair Use (New York Times)
  2. Patricia Aufderheide, Peter Jaszi, Bryan Bello and Tijana Milosevic, Copyright, Permissions and Fair Use among Visual Artists and the Academic and Museum Visual Arts Communities (2014), 5-11, 49-59
  3. Creative Commons Licenses
Discussion Leaders: Nathan Michalewicz & April Kelley

1 comment for “Week 12

  1. April Kelley
    November 16, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Questions for Week 12 prepared by Nathan Michalewicz & April Kelley:

    1. Can having your ideas disseminated online protect them from theft? Does the traditional publication of ideas protect
    them from theft more?
    2. Was the criticism of the AHA Statement on the Embargoing of History Dissertations​ warranted? What is at stake for each
    side of the debate?
    3. How can the AHA and other professional organizations be more friendly to Open Access initiatives? Why has there been
    such a slow approach to OA in the humanities?
    4. How well does the author pays model of OA (admittedly only one among the many models) translate to the humanities and
    history in particular?
    5. When using copyrighted materials to help make an argument within the limits of fair use, should historians avoid paying
    unnecessary fees, or pay them for the peace of mind of not being sued? Is payment of usage fees undermining the principles of fair use?
    6. Why are copyright and fair use issues especially troubling for the visual arts?
    7. Should Judge Chin’s ruling give us hope for the power of fair use, especially in digital history?

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