15 février 2019

An Unending Copyright Dispute

Stephen Downes PhotoBy Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. An Unending Copyright Dispute
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 2018/10/30
This article covers a "decade-long legal battle between Georgia State University and three publishers over what constitutes "fair use" of course materials." As Kevin Smith, dean of libraries at the University of Kansas, comments in this article, " “The saddest thing about this case is that, after 10 years, it continues to chew over issues that seem less and less relevant. Library practices have evolved during that time, and publishing models have changed. Open access and the movement toward open educational resources have had a profound impact on the way course materials are provided to students." True. More...

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14 février 2019

Copyright Directive: EUA position ahead of a final agreement

The European University Association (EUA) would like to draw attention to the impact the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market will have on European higher education and research. On behalf of universities and national rectors’ conferences in 48 European countries, the EUA Council in January 2019 adopted the EUA position ahead of a final agreement on the Copyright Directive with a view to establish an appropriate framework for education and research. More...

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13 février 2019

This proposed treaty on copyright exceptions should matter to the Open Education community

Stephen Downes PhotoBy Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. This proposed treaty on copyright exceptions should matter to the Open Education community
Creative Commons, 2018/10/08
Creative Commons has thrown its support behind a Civil Society proposed treaty on copyright exceptions for educational and research activities. More...

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American Chemical Society (ACS) and Elsevier File Copyright Infringement Lawsuit in U.S. vs. ResearchGate

Stephen Downes PhotoBy Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. American Chemical Society (ACS) and Elsevier File Copyright Infringement Lawsuit in U.S. vs. ResearchGate
Gary Price, Library Journal, 2018/10/04
The only thing that surprises me about this is that it took this long to happen. The lawsuit alleges that "ResearchGate takes high-quality scientific articles that are written and published by others and makes them freely available via its for-profit platform." There may be examples to the contrary (though I didn't see any) but strictly speaking, this isn't what ResearchGate does. More...

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06 décembre 2018

e-learning Content

e-learning Content
"Traditional copyright licences are far too restrictive to develop an ecology of e-learning content." Thus writes Graham Atwell in a position paper to the eLearning Consultation Workshops, one of many that can be found on the Workshop website. A summary of the workshop is also available, and while the discussion includes Creative Commons, it also asserts that "appropriate business models for the publishers are essential." To this I am inclined to respond in the same manner as Cory Doctorow: "If you believe that 'content owners still call most of the shots' then you believe that the studios will make movies and just not release them, they will amass a great pile of unreleased material in their Hollywood vaults and sit before the doors, arms folded, glaring at the world until it arranges itself into a more accomodating configuration. It is ridiculous." It's not up to education to accomodate publishers - it's up to publishers to adapt. More...

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Copyright Clearance Center Releases New Report on Copyright in the Digital Workspace

Copyright Clearance Center Releases New Report on Copyright in the Digital Workspace
Interesting report surveying internet use in the corporate space. According to the results, the internet is widely use for research (and is often the sole source of research). More surprisingly, file sharing is widespread in the corproate environment. "Employees seek out information that is relevant to business objectives. Once they find it, they frequently share it with others for a wide range of purposes often without realizing that their actions may violate copyright law." It's a habit as old as work - once you find something interesting, you share it with your friends and colleagues. More...

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Copyright, Fair Use and the Public Interest

Copyright, Fair Use and the Public Interest
This opinion column by Neil Turkewitz, Executive Vice President of Recording Industry Association of America, expresses the view that protetcion of copyright is in the public interest. "We base our entire system of protection on the public's interest in promoting the creation and distribution of creative materials," he writes. More...

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Copyscape

Copyscape
So today's Google Alert came with a big notice about this service, which scans the web to see who, as it says, has plagiarized your work. So I tried it out and the results were as expected: the service takes no notice of my Creative Commons license, and does not even differentiate between legitimate quotations - such as this hit on Jeremy Hiebert's site, which is flagged as plagiarism. More...

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04 décembre 2018

College Board Wants SAT Statistics Taken Off Web Site

College Board Wants SAT Statistics Taken Off Web Site
Fair use or copyright violation? A group critical of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) has posted results showing that minority and poor applicants scored lower than white and upper-class kids. The College Board, which owns the SAT, is demanding that the information be removed from the FairTest website, arguing that it violates copyright. More...

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30 novembre 2018

25% of Internet Sites Violate Copyrights of News Articles

25% of Internet Sites Violate Copyrights of News Articles
I have serious doubts about the accuracy of this item, but let's suppose, for a moment, that it's true, that the survey was fairly and accurately conducted and that the results are reflective of the population as a whole. It says, then, that a quarter of all websites violate copyright. If this is true, then what we have here is far more than a mere policing problem. More...

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