The Republic of Federal Scientific Publication: The Not-So-Public Domain
This article examines the forces that have made federal scientific publication an essentially private enterprise. Particular attention is paid to the rise of the scientific community in the American political system. The period under review begins roughly with 1941 and American involvement in World War II, which coincides with the establishment of the Office of Scientific Research and Development (ORSD). The article examines OSRD’s method of conducting federal scientific research, its contractual system, and the new publishing paradigm that it engendered. The article concludes in the 1960s with congressional efforts to revise provisions in Title 17, the Copyright Code.
John Walters. "The Republic of Federal Scientific Publication: The Not-So-Public Domain" Journal of Government Information 25.4 (1998).
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