This is the provocative title of a recent blog post written by Kevin Smith over at the Duke Universities Libraries. Here’s an excerpt:
There is something particularly galling for a scholar about having her article described as “work for hire.” It implies a lack of academic freedom and even a “hired pen” approach to scholarship. Most universities, which actually might have a strong case if they claimed faculty works as “works made for hire,” long since decided that the obvious ill-will and hassle that would attend such claims made them unpalatable. [Oxford University Press], on the other hand, does not seem to have learned the same lesson or, in fact, to even understand the law correctly.
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