A long-standing dispute between the U.S. Treasury Department and U.S. publishers over how publications may deal with works submitted by scholars in nations under embargo has ended. The U.S. Treasury Department has now issued new regulations clarifying publishers' rights and has agreed to settle a lawsuit initiated by groups representing publishers and authors.
New regulations were issued in the August 30 Federal Register. On Oct. 1, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced it had agreed to settle the lawsuit filed by the Association of American University Presses and other groups.
The settlement appears to be a win-win situation for both groups. OFAC will retain its general-license requirement but will no longer require a special case-by-case license for editing or publishing works by authors in Cuba, Iran, Sudan, or Myanmar (the special license requirement actually was eased in 2004); the general-license requirement seems to be a formality except in unusual cases involving military sensitivity or direct involvement of embargoed foreign governments in research papers, which will continue to be restricted. The group representing publishers and authors won a stipulation that works published in electronic formats have the same protections as those published in print.
Read more in today's Chronicle of Higher Education.
Posted by P. Kaufman at October 3, 2007 7:28 AM