We have mentioned Ke-Sen Huang’s awesome paper preprint link pages in many previous posts – they’re the best graphics resource on the web by a long shot.
Early last week, many people (including myself) were shocked to see most of the pages replaced by the following:
REMOVED – This page has been removed at the request of the ACM Publications Board
Fortunately, the story has a happy ending. Today, Ke-Sen received the following email:
As you are aware, the computer graphics community has expressed dismay and concern about the removal of your web pages. ACM wants to make it possible for you to continue this service that the community clearly values very highly. By this message ACM grants permission for you to repost the pages, with the addition of links to the authoritative versions of the papers in the ACM Digital Library. The author’s home page links may also be included, but should not be links directly to the author’s version of the paper. Please post on the site that the information is being provided with the permission of the ACM. This is the solution you proposed earlier, and it is clear from the community’s comments that it is the right thing to do.
As you know, the concern about your pages was ACM copyright policy with regard to links. As a result of the community discussion, ACM will institute a formal review of this portion of its copyright policy.
Please contact us with any concerns or questions.
ACM Chief Operating Officer
ACM also offered to help with the work of adding the Digital Library links. So nothing will be removed from Ke-Sen’s pages, and additional useful links will be added.
The graphics community has engaged with the ACM in a much more active manner than usual, which is a good thing. We need to remember that it is our organization, and it is only as good as we make it. So consider volunteering for conferences, paying more attention to ACM elections, etc. – I know I will.