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R. W. Milkey (American Astronomical Society)
Electronic Publishing has created, and will continue to create, new opportunities and challenges for representing scientific work in new media and formats. The AAS will position itself to take advantage of these, both for newly created works and for improved representation of works already published. It is the view of the AAS that we hold the works that we publish in trust for our community and are obligated to protect the integrity of these works and to assure that they continue to be available to the research community.
Assignment of copyright to the AAS by the author plays a central role in the preservation of the integrity and accessability of the literature published by the American Astronomical Society. In return for such assignment the AAS allows the author to freely use the work for his/her own purpose and to control the grant of permission to third parties to use such materials. The AAS retains the right to republish the work in whatever format or medium, and to retain the rights after the author's death. Specific advantages to this approach include:
Assurance of the continued availability of the materials to the research and educational communities;
A guarantee of the intellectual integrity of the materials in the archive;
Stimulation of the development of new means of presentation or of access to the archival literature; and
Provision of a uniformity of treatment for copyright issues and to relieve the individual authors of much of the administrative work.
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