Updated 7-11-2013 to correct the link to Micah Vandegrift’s blog post.
Last spring, I contributed an article to the Journal of Library Administration’s issue on special collections, and found myself in an annoying tussle with Taylor & Francis over their licensing terms. The overwhelming impression I had was that the agreement was a mishmosh of contradictory terms, a kitchen-sink kind of monstrosity that made no sense and was far more restrictive than it needed to be. I also thought it was supremely silly that T&F touted a ‘keep your copyright!’ version of an agreement for library & information science journals and then presented an agreement so restrictive I might as well have signed over my copyrights anyway. After they rejected my attempts to use the CIC author addendum and to edit the text of the license directly, I eventually was able to get an addendum that made all of the license terms non-exclusive, but it was a very bad experience and I felt sure that it was only being willing to walk that got me this rather paltry concession.
I was heartened to read that Micah Vandegrift was much braver and more effective than I, and even more heartened to read that last week the entire editorial board resigned after failing to convince T&F to adopt a more reasonable set of licensing terms. Congratulations to the board on their brave action.