Academics at a British university have condemned the "illegal" attempts to sell their ph.d. Thesis without permission in the Kindle service of Amazon.

The protest follows the discovery of the academics who did their doctoral studies at Durham University than his Ph.D. Dissertations had been scraped from the online thesis repository of the university, where they are freely available, and were sold as individual titles for up to 9.99 pounds ($ 13.68).

Around 2,000 Ph.D. Thesis - many of which appeared under the authorship of "Philosophy Durham", had been made available to Kindle's electronic books, according to Sarah Hughes, the research of Vice Chancellor in human geography at Northumbria University.

someone "should take our work and sell it for profit, in a clear non-compliance with copyright, it is illegal and unsustainable," Hughes told higher education, and added that his thesis was State available for purchase from October.

Failure to comply with copyright "poses additional problems" for academics who often only gave permission to use "material that other people hold copyright, for example, images ... A The condition that are included in an unpublished ph.D. Thesis and was not sold for profit ".

"Public access to academic research is very important, and something that drives my own scholarship on migratory policy," Hughes continued, who said that "this is why these academic theses are Available freely online, through the Durham online repository. "

"Amazon listings have been performed without our consent in a clear non-compliance with copyright and without recognition of authorship".

Many Amazon have eliminated offensive publications now. It is believed that they were published by a third party.

"Our store maintains guidelines for book content, which address the content that is illegal or infringed. We eliminate products that do not adhere to our guidelines, and when a concern is raised, we investigated it," said A spokesman for Amazon.

In a statement, Durham University said he was "aware of this problem" and "when appropriate, we have been presenting referral notifications to Amazon to be eliminated from the website." She added: "We will continue doing it."

Several academics whose work was available for sale without their consent managed to see a humorous side of the episode, noting that some theses were fractionally more expensive than others. For no apparent reason.

"Is it bad for me to secretly submit that mine is sold by 5p more than yours?" Twitted a colleague of Hughes from Northumbria.

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