11 mars 2019

The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish
Rebecca J. Rosen, The Atlantic, July 31, 2013
Data reinforcing what we all suspected was true: "Copyright correlates significantly with the disappearance of works rather than with their availability," Heald writes. More...

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01 mars 2019

A Little More on DRM

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. A Little More on DRM
A recent paper from the Cato Institute has drawn the ire of copyright activists as it insists that while governments should continue to protect the "property rights" of copyright holders, market solutions should be allowed to define the integration of digital rights management (DRM) with peer to peer (P2P) file sharing technologies. More...

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SLU Tries to Flush Out Naysayers With Copyright Suit

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. SLU Tries to Flush Out Naysayers With Copyright Suit
Here we have a case of a very minor - and possibly legal - use of copyright material being used as a means of identifying not an illegal file sharer but rather a sharp critic of St. Lawrence University (SLU). More...

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Copyright and the Internet: Is There a Canadian Way?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Copyright and the Internet: Is There a Canadian Way?
Since the Toronto Star decided to hide its content behind a registration wall I have not been able to run Michael Geist's usually lucid material. This slide show is not much more accessible, but at least it's free and open. More...

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Navigating Copyright in Schools: An Updated Resource for Canadian Educators Released

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Navigating Copyright in Schools: An Updated Resource for Canadian Educators Released
The Council of Ministers of education, Canada (CMEC) has released the second edition of Copyright Matters (PDF). More...

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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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