[ASC-list] the journal Science needs volunteer writers for 'Science in the Classroom'

Ian Woolf iwoolf at gmail.com
Fri Jun 21 05:02:17 UTC 2013

What about your copyrights as a volunteer? Some non-profits are
demanding that volunteers hand over their copyrights to everything they
create from when they first volunteer, even for writing unconnected to
the non-profit's activities. For example, Sydney Educational
Broadcasting - 2SER require all volunteers to sign a strict 35-page
legally binding agreement that includes signing over all copyright
without limit, in four separate places, such as:

"I understand that copyright in any original work created by me in the
course of my volunteer service resides with 2SER."

This means if you volunteered and then wrote something unconnected, you
would still require a written copyright release from the non-profit,
before you were able to sell your writing, because the non-profit owns
all your copyrights. It would be difficult to find paid work while bound
by such an agreement.

It sounds like some people are being paid from the National Science
Foundation grant, but not those creating curriculum material. It doesn't
sound like amateur hobby work.

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has stated that it will work
collaboratively with the Media Alliance to try to ensure unpaid work
arrangements are fair and legal:

On 06/20/2013 06:52 PM, Sarah Keenihan wrote:
> Hi Cobi and all, 
> I agree. I was flabbergasted to read this. 
> Funnily enough, was just discussing elsewhere how journalism favors
> those who can afford to do stuff for free. Not very equitable. 
> Regards
> Sarah 
> Sent from my iPhone
> On 20/06/2013, at 5:35 PM, Cobi Smith <cobi.smith at anu.edu.au
> <mailto:cobi.smith at anu.edu.au>> wrote:
>> Firstly, I'm shocked they expect volunteers to do this work. 
>> Secondly, I'm surprised to be the first person on the ASC list to say
>> this. 
>> On 06/19/13, *Will Rifkin * <willrifkinphd at gmail.com
>> <mailto:willrifkinphd at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>> Dear ASC colleagues,
>>> The respected journal, Science, is seeking volunteer writers for
>>> their 'Science in the Classroom' project.  The project creates a set
>>> of annotated research papers and accompanying teaching materials.  
>>> They need one expert each in the fields of geology, chemistry,
>>> mathematics, and physics.  The effort is supported by the US
>>> National Science Foundation for 1 Jan 2013 to 31 Dec 2015.  
>>> For information about the effort and sample materials, see
>>> - http://scienceintheclassroom.org/
>>> My contact at Science is Pamela J. Hines <phines at aaas.org
>>> <mailto:phines at aaas.org>>, senior editor in the area of plant
>>> science, developmental neurobiology, developmental biology, stem
>>> cells, and evolution.  She also conceived and is editor for the
>>> refereed Education section that appears once each month in Science. 
>>> Please reply directly to Pam Hines, ... and cc me.  Show her an
>>> example of relevant work that you have done, and bargain for a free
>>> subscription.  ;-)  
>>> Will 
>>> Will Rifkin, PhD
>>> SaMnet HQ, U of Sydney  
>>> Science and Mathematics network of Australian university educators  
>>> willrifkinphd at gmail.com <mailto:willrifkinphd at gmail.com>
>>> http://will-rifkin-phd.wikispaces.com
>>> mob: (+61) 402 612 586  
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