[Taxacom] Intellectual rights

Dr Brian Taylor dr.brian.taylor at ntlworld.com
Sun Dec 13 04:09:46 CST 2015

Hello all,

I wonder if any of you have any suggestions as to how to deal with a
publication on Zookeys where the authors claim to have separated a
previously well known ³species² into being a new junior synonym of two other
species.  I ask this because, after examining fresh specimens, I posted that
synonymization on my two websites, both archived by the British Library Web
Archive, in 2009. The main website has been on-line in an evolving form
since 1998.  The Zookeys authors make no reference of any sort to my works.
They and other researchers from the organisation in question, headed by the
subject editor for the present instance, have published a number of papers
in Zootaxa and Zookeys over the past seven years or so but not once have
they listed my sites as a source of information.  Many others have.  In
2011, an author who the Zookeys writers do cite, wrote of my finding of the
synonymy and had my website among his references.

In the BZN Discussion on Electronic Publication, March 2009, I previsaged
this situation by posing the questions ³What constitutes a publication? Who
is a publisher?². I note that UK copyright law the content of a website is
automatically protected and does not have to be registered as there is no

Thanks in anticipation of your responses.

Brian Taylor


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