Tag Archives: Copyright

Elsevier further restricts author rights

From the Duke University Libraries blog on scholarly communications: Stepping back from sharing MAY 4, 2015 KEVIN SMITH, J.D. The announcement from Elsevier about its new policies regarding author rights was a masterpiece of doublespeak, proclaiming that the company was “unleashing the power of sharing” while in fact tying up sharing in as many leashes as […]

Fair Use Week begins February 23, 2015

In the US legal context: Fair use allows the use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. For libraries, educational institutions, and the public, the fair use doctrine is the most important limitation on the rights of the copyright owner—the “safety valve” of US copyright law. Libraries may wish to consult […]

Research4Life: no-fee access to journal articles

Document Delivery Now Available free of copyright fees to registered Research4Life Institutions in the UN’s 48 Least Developed Countries In 2001 Elsevier became one of the six founding partners of the HINARI programme, a public-private partnership launched by leading medical publishers with the World Health Organisation. The goal was to bridge the digital divide by […]

Elsevier presses copyright on papers at academia.edu

Giant scholarly journal publisher Elsevier has demanded a take down of papers from Academia.edu this month. This is a self-defeating action in terms of bad publicity for big commercial subscription interests, because it reinforces resentment against subscription based scholarly publishing and builds broader awareness of Open Access best practices. My own practice is that I load pre-publication and other versions of my papers […]

Suit against Google Books dismissed

The decision is a “win” for Fair Use and researchers. There’s a good deal of quality news coverage available. PC Magazine has a good piece with some history and this: Judge Denny Chin, formerly of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, dismissed the author advocacy group’s 8-year-old copyright lawsuit against […]

Peter Suber’s Open Access available as open access

Peter Suber‘s book, Open Access (ISBN: 9780262517638 | 230 pp. | July 2012) is now available in multiple open access formats! The Internet lets us share perfect copies of our work with a worldwide audience at virtually no cost. We take advantage of this revolutionary opportunity when we make our work “open access”: digital, online, free […]

Journal of Library Administration editorial board resigns

Journal’s Editorial Board Resigns in Protest of Publisher’s Policy Toward Authors March 26, 2013 By Jake New The editor and the entire editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration have resigned in response to a conflict with the journal’s publisher over an author agreement that they say is “too restrictive and out of step […]

Purpose of copyright

@Repositorian: Copyright is about promoting public access to information — Peter Jaszi, Librarians Code Capstone Retreat #copyright #fairuse https://twitter.com/repositorian/status/315088317148438528 Jaszi is author of the 2011 book Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright with Patricia Aufderheide. From reviews on Amazon “Here, [Aufderheide and Jaszi] offer sound advice on users’ rights to copyrighted […]

Cory Doctorow on copyright and electronic media

From his presentation “A Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond” at the US Library of Congress: “Cory Doctorow discusses the challenges facing authors and cultural heritage institutions with the increasing use of electronic texts.” I just watched this hour long talk on video from October 17, 2012–a well-reasoned, passionately delivered, engaging argument for open access to creative works. […]

US Supreme Court Upholds Reselling of Foreign Books

March 19, 2013 Chronicle of Higher Education “In Win for Libraries Over Publishers, Supreme Court Upholds Reselling of Foreign Books” By Jennifer Howard If you’re the legal owner of a copy of a book or other work copyrighted under U.S. law, the Supreme Court says you have the right to resell or give it away, […]