The documentary, which is well worth watching, delves into the large profit margins of the major scholarly publishers and the risings costs to subscribers, the growing open access movement, and the paradox posed by a system where much of the labor force (authors and editors) work for free, then have their institutions pay to access the content later.
Maria Pallante’s resignation has been pretty polarizing. Some see it as proof that the Librarian of Congress is interested in aggressively weakening copyright protections, while others see it as a possibility to finally start strengthening the public domain.
My previous posting explored the phenomenon of Sci-Hub, a site dedicated to providing free access to more than 50 million academic papers without regard to their ownership status or to copyright laws. This post looks at the legal issues involved, in contrast to the previous post’s articulation of the argument for open access.
There is an interesting situation developing in Australia with potential to directly affect Australian authors, publishing, and readers. The Australian government is looking to possibly repeal the ‘parallel importation restrictions’. The PIRs are part of the country’s Copyright Act and prohibit imports by booksellers when an Australian publisher has acquired exclusive rights and publishes the title within 30 days of original overseas publication.
By: Ken Sawdon Last month the Australian Government’s Productivity Commission released a draft report considering, “whether current arrangements provide an appropriate balance between access to ideas and products, and encouraging […]
It is fairly uncommon to hear about a constructed language being taken to court over copyright claims, at least non-computer programming languages. This is why it was so surprising to […]
A quick 10-question quiz earlier in the week checked on your knowledge of the ethics of music downloading. Here, as promised, are the facts.
Ten thought-provoking questions test your knowledge of US and international laws on music performance and downloads.
Privacy/Technology NYTimes Op-Ed: Internet Access Is Not a Human Right No Warrant Needed for GPS Monitoring, Judge Rules How the Feds Are Tracking Your Kid Related: Data-Crazy Department of Education […]