Update on Elsevier and CC: Advice Needed
I finally heard back from Elsevier regarding my question about CC. Here is their response:
The Creative Commons licence you have sent is unfortunately not acceptable to Elsevier mainly due to the fact it does not give Elsevier the rights it needs and makes no warranty which is something that we must have before we can publish.
They have, however, offered me an alternative licensing agreement. The main difference is that I get to retain the copyright to the article. I'm not sure about the realities of the legal situation, but I'm curious if this means I'll be able to release the article under CC at some point in the future. I've pasted the agreement below. Please read it and respond quickly, because I need to let them know something very soon. The point that worries me most is 2.2, which says the publisher does not recognize my right to post the document to a website or distribute it in any "systematic" way, which seems like a damnably vague term to me. However, I'm thinking that since they've let me retain the copyright, does it matter that the publisher doesn't recognize that right?? Boy, am I confused.
(License agreement removed by request from Elsevier).