[Taxacom] taxonomic "vandalism?"

Ivie, Michael mivie at montana.edu
Thu Oct 5 20:28:19 CDT 2017

Not even close, Doug, what you quote out of context is not part of the Code, see the intro to the Appendeces.  The Code itself is neutral, and applies equally to any situation, immoral or not.

Michael A. Ivie, Ph.D., F.R.E.S.

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From: Taxacom [taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] on behalf of Doug Yanega [dyanega at ucr.edu]
Sent: Thursday, October 5, 2017 6:47 PM
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] taxonomic "vandalism?"

On 10/5/17 5:20 PM, Michael A. Ivie wrote:
> Blaming the Code is equivalent to blaming the victim.  The Code is
> equally available to both the "victim" and the "vandal."  It is
> neutral and blameless.
Actually, no, the Code is not neutral about this; it does take a clear
stance on this exact issue, in Appendix A:

"2. A zoologist should not publish a new name if he or she has reason to
believe that another person has already recognized the same taxon and
intends to establish a name for it (or that the taxon is to be named in
a posthumous work). A zoologist in such a position should communicate
with the other person (or their representatives) and only feel free to
establish a new name if that person has failed to do so in a reasonable
period (not less than a year)."

Stealing other's intellectual property may not make your name
unavailable, but it DOES violate the explicit text of the Code, above.
When we asked for opinions from the taxonomic community whether this
passage and the others in Appendix A should be made part of the
legislative text (e.g., replace the term "should not" with "must not",
and make availability contingent upon compliance), we got a lukewarm
response from a handful of people. Evidently, and counterintuitively,
taxonomists don't care enough about intellectual property to WANT any
rules protecting it (or, at least, not enough to write letters
indicating their concern). Otherwise, they should have written letters
to the Commission when we openly pleaded with them to do so, about this
EXACT problem, just a few years ago.


Doug Yanega      Dept. of Entomology       Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314     skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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