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Redefining the Book: Carnegie Mellon and Lulu.com Team Up

Fred Benenson, July 9th, 2008

ETC Press has just launched as an “academic, open source, multimedia, publishing imprint.” The project is affiliated with the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University and is in partnership with Lulu.com. When authors submit their work to ETC they retain ownership of it but they also must submit it under either an Attribution-NoDerivativeWorks-NonCommercial or an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

ETC press then posts the works to Lulu.com where they are available for purchase in its hardcopy form, or free download. While the project focuses specifically on writing about entertainment technology, it is easy to see ETC’s model scaling to publishers of other topics and genres.

Check out ETC’s current titles to download or buy here.

2 Responses to “Redefining the Book: Carnegie Mellon and Lulu.com Team Up”

  1. Nick Zatkovich says:

    the BY-ND-NC and BY-NC-SA licenses do not fit the definition of open source as defined by the OSI. They need to change their slogan or change their licenses.

  2. The NoDerivativeWorks element certainly seems to preclude the “Open Source” label (although the term is used loosely–and in this case in lowercase, which may take away some of the formal definition).

    In any case, though, what would gained by the “NoDerivs” clause in this case? In my view, this eliminates almost every single advantage of licensing an academic work under Creative Commons. (Creative and commercial works are a different matter, where free circulation is important but the artist needs to retain control over the elements of their own work.)