I'm confused. Are you implying that studying at and receiving a qualification from a partially or wholly state-funded academic institution necessitates that you forgo any claim to private ownership of your written works and become a sort of intellectual serf to the greater public?
No, of course not. I said "bad taste", not "immoral" or "illegal".
I'd expect more humbleness from people of an academic institution, for the reasons state previously. Slamming the copyright notice into my face before I've even started to read the article, although technically and legally correct, does not qualify in my opinion.