Canadian Students Find Theses on Contentville

The Edmonton Journal has this article on graduate students who are upset that their theses were sold on Contentville. It seems that they should file a complaint with the National Library.\"The students didn\'t know it, but the U.S. firm gained the rights to sell Canadian theses this summer through a subcontract with the company that reproduces academic work for the National Library.

Stephen Biggs, a senior doctoral student in psychology at York University, found his master\'s thesis listed for the average price of $57.50 US -- $54.62 for club members.\"

\"I don\'t remember anyone asking our permission to sell the stuff in the first place,\" he said.\"

\"The hassle started in July when some Canadian students surfing the Net found their theses for sale on a new e-commerce site. They hadn\'t given their consent and they weren\'t being paid any royalties.\"

\"But somehow the students had missed the fine print. David Balatti, director of bibliographic services for the National Library, said Contentville does indeed have the legal right to reproduce graduate student work.\"

\"Balatti points out that students who have written masters theses or PhD dissertations must sign reproduction agreements. That gives the National Library the right to \"reproduce, loan, distribute or sell copies of my thesis in microform, paper or electronic formats\" and \"to authorize or procure any of the acts mentioned.\"

\"Balatti says some students may not remember signing the agreement or didn\'t understand what they signed.\"

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