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When permissions get in the way: Why a Science journal removed accompanying material before embargo

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Last Tuesday, the AP’s longtime medical reporter Lauran Neergaard realized she had a problem.

Well, not a problem, exactly, but an issue with a story she was working on about a new way to deliver drugs to the brain. Neergaard wanted to use images that EurekAlert!, a frequently used clearinghouse for press releases, had provided along with a study on the subject that was embargoed until Wednesday, January 24. But when she’d sent the AP’s standard permission form to the press office at MIT, where the researchers were based, she was told they didn’t have the right to let media such as the AP use the images.

So, she asked EurekAlert! whether they could grant permission. And that’s when everyone involved learned just how complicated such rights can get.

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Written by Ivan Oransky

January 30, 2018 at 9:00 am

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New Scientist breaks embargo on vaping-cancer study in PNAS

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E-cigarettes — aka vaping — may not involve smoke or a flame, but a study of their potential risks may have just landed New Scientist in a hot spot.

From an email that went out to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) media list at 10:47 a.m. Eastern today, more than four hours before the embargo on the study was scheduled to lift:  Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

January 29, 2018 at 12:04 pm

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