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Recommendations For Removing Copyright Hurdles To Scientific Research

Staff Writer | Science Codex | September 3, 2013

The EU e-infrastructure coordination pro-iBiosphere project is preparing the ground for the pursuit of biological research in the digital age. In its "Draft policy for Open Access to data and information" scientists and lawyers recommend that hurdles posed by copyright and database protection should be removed by establishing exceptions for research in a new binding, Europe-wide regulation... Read More »

Researchers Opt To Limit Uses Of Open-Access Publications

Richard Van Noorden | Nature | February 6, 2013

Academics are — slowly — adopting the view that publicly funded research should be made freely available. But data released yesterday suggest that, given the choice, even researchers who publish in open-access journals want to place restrictions on how their papers can be re-used — for example, sold by others for commercial profit. Read More »

RIAA Still Can't Figure Out How To Use Google's DMCA Tools, Blames Google

Mike Masnick | Techdirt | February 20, 2013

This will hardly comes as a surprise, but the RIAA and other "anti-piracy groups" are still complaining that Google "isn't doing enough" to prop up their old and obsolete business models. The latest complaint? That Google's system only accepts a mere 10,000 DMCA takedowns per day and somehow that's just not enough. Read More »

Riled Up By Elsevier’s Take-Downs? Time To Embrace Open Access

Alex O. Holcombe | The Conversation | December 12, 2013

The publishing giant Elsevier owns much of the world’s academic knowledge, in the form of article copyright. In the past few weeks it has stepped up enforcement of its property rights, issuing “take-down notices” to Academia.edu, where many researchers post PDFs of their articles. Read More »

RIP, Aaron Swartz, And Why Open-Access Matters

Karla Starr | Psychology Today | January 15, 2013

Last week, 26-year-old Aaron Swartz hanged himself. Swartz was a champion of open everything: open access code, open access journals, and fought for a utopian version of the internet. In that utopian version of the internet, people have access to information, and freedom of speech trumps SOPA and other draconian copyright laws... Read More »

Scientific Publishers Offer Solution To White House's Public Access Mandate

Jocelyn Kaiser | Science Insider | June 4, 2013

A group of scientific publishers today announced a plan for allowing the public to read taxpayer-funded research papers for free by linking to journals' own websites... Read More »

Senator Revising Proposed Research Release Mandate

Christine Des Garennes | The News-Gazette | April 7, 2013

A state senator who has proposed making the results of publicly funded research more widely available is amending his legislation after receiving pushback from some in academia. Read More »

Steal This Research Paper! (You Already Paid for It.)

Michael Mechanic | Mother Jones | September 1, 2013

Before Aaron Swartz became the open-access movement's first martyr, Michael Eisen was blowing up the lucrative scientific publishing industry from within. Read More »

Swiss Assembly Wants Access To Source Code Of e-Gov Software

Gijs Hillenius | European Commission (EC) | June 28, 2013

Thirteen members of the Swiss parliament are asking the government to demand the right to adapt the source code of GEVER, the record management system commissioned by the government and under development since 2008. [...] Read More »

Thanks To 3D Printing And Open Source Hardware, Patent May Be On The Cusp Of A Copyright Moment

Michael Weinburg | Public Knowledge | May 30, 2013

A new wave of creators care about innovating. They care about building things. And they mostly see patents as getting in the way. Read More »

The 2012 DMCA Rulemaking: What We Got, What We Didn’t, And How To Improve The Process Next Time

Corynne McSherry and Marcia Hofmann | Electronic Frontier Foundation | November 2, 2012

Last week the Librarian of Congress issued his final decision (pdf) limiting copyright owners’ ability to sue you for making full use of the works you buy.  The short version: it’s a mixed bag. Read More »

The Copyright Rule We Need To Repeal If We Want To Preserve Our Cultural Heritage

Benj Edwards | The Atlantic | March 15, 2013

The anti-circumvention section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act threatens to make archivists criminals if they try to preserve our society's artifacts for future generations. Read More »

The Death Of The Academic Book And The Path To Open Access

Roxanne Missingham | The Conversation | October 22, 2013

Is publishing academic books a dying trade? And if so, are free e-books from universities likely to deal the final blow? Read More »

The Final Leaked TPP Text is All That We Feared

Today's release by Wikileaks of what is believed to be the current and essentially final version of the intellectual property (IP) chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) confirms our worst fears about the agreement, and dashes the few hopes that we held out that its most onerous provisions wouldn't survive to the end of the negotiations. Since we now have the agreed text, we'll be including some paragraph references that you can cross-reference for yourself—but be aware that some of them contain placeholders like “x” that may change in the cleaned-up text. Also, our analysis here is limited to the copyright and Internet-related provisions of the chapter, but analyses of the impacts of other parts of the chapter have been published by Wikileaks and others.

The Internet Radio Fairness Act: What It Is, Why It’s Needed

Mitch Stoltz | Electronic Frontier Foundation | October 31, 2012

The 2012 campaign is almost over, which means Congress may soon be able to get back to business. One of the things it should prioritize is fixing a longstanding tax on innovation that most folks don’t know about, but they should:  the unfair legal treatment of Internet radio. Read More »