After submitting the proceedings version of a paper for ACM CCCS, I was asked to electronically agree to the usual transfer of copyright for the paper to ACM. But in addition, I was required to agree to the following:
I hereby grant permission for ACM to record and/or transcribe and
reproduce my presentation and likeness in the conference publication
and as part of the ACM Digital Library and to distribute the same for
sale in complete or partial form as part of an ACM product on CD-ROM,
DVD, webcast, USB device, streaming video or any other media format
now or hereafter known.
I understand that my presentation will not be sold separately as a
stand-alone product without my direct consent. Accordingly, I further
grant permission for ACM to include my name, likeness, presentation
and comments and any biographical material submitted by me in
connection with the conference and/or publication, whether used in
excerpts or in full, for distribution described above and for any
associated advertising or exhibition.
This really annoyed me. Just to be clear, I don’t object to having the my presentation recorded and put on-line for people to watch. What I do mind is the idea that ACM can take the videotape of my presentation and do whatever it wants with it! Moreover, I dislike the fact that this waiver is required for publication in the proceedings, since I can imagine there might be speakers who, for whatever reason, do not want their presentation videotaped. (In fact, I won’t even be giving the presentation so, really, it was not up to me to sign this release.) Finally, I did not see this requirement stated clearly at the time of submission.
Has anyone else noticed this, and/or tried to fight it?