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Thank you for this insightful and provocative posting, which I'm still absorbing. One thing that comes to mind immediately is that recommending repositories extract themselves from the publication process and provide copies only for private study may not be possible. We almost always know when publication is intended, since researchers request publication quality, high resolution scans, instead of the 'quick and dirty' copies we've provide for personal use. It would be a burden on us to provide high-level scans of everything. Does our facilitation, of patrons' potentially unauthorized publication of copyrighted material without holding us harmless (which seems to be another function of U of A's permission form) create a potential liability?

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