ARL reports that House of Representatives Bill 5704 “would amend title 10 of the US Code (Armed Forces) to allow faculty members at Department of Defense service academies and schools of professional military education to secure copyrights for certain scholarly works that they produce as part of their official duties…. Currently, there is no copyright protection for government works (with a few exceptions) including those prepared by an officer or employee of the US Government as part of that person’s official duties.”
It is not clear why this is necessary or useful, but even more surprising is this provision of the bill that the author shall (not “may”) transfer the copyright to the publisher:
Upon acceptance for publication of a work for which copyright protection exists by reason of subsection (a), the person holding the copyright shall transfer the copyright to the owner or publisher of the medium in which the work will be published.
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