Some of the richest sources of chemical information are research group websites. Some time ago, I indexed primary literature PDFs from many such websites into the legacy (now non-existent) ChemRefer index.
I then received this correspondence from a major publisher. I submitted it to Chilling Effects to see what the various legal ins and outs of all of this meant.
Please read the letter and then the rest of this post.
It is worth pointing out here that the publisher may well have been right, but there is no way to confirm this since I am not (and should not be) able to access author-publisher contracts.
In any case, the result was that I stopped linking to research group website PDFs (the “just in case” approach). Was that the best course of action? Comments welcome.Stumble it!