“Walking in quicksand ­ keeping up with copyright agreements”

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

As any repository manager will tell you, one of the biggest headaches for providing open access to research materials is complying with publisher agreements. Most publishers will allow some form of an article published in their journals to be made open access. There is a very useful site that helps people ...

What do publishers do for authors?

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Is there an advantage to setting up your own journal or publishing your work online yourself? What do journal publishers actually do for authors? Since RCUK funded authors are soon to be paying large sums of money for OA publication of their articles, where is the value for that spend? ...

Open Access and Closed Minds: Balancing Intellectual Property and Public Interest in the Digital Age

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Nearly a decade ago, South Africa based British documentary producer Neil Curry made an extraordinary film, The Elephant, the Emperor and the Butterfly Tree about the complex ecosystem around Africa’s mopane woodland. This engaging tale won many awards in leading environmental and natural history film festivals. Having spent several months in ...

A Primer on Open Access Publishing: Copyrights and the “Gold Rule” (part 2)

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

This post is the second of a blog series focusing on Open Access publishing, written by Jason Colditz. For an introduction to Open Access publishing and what it is, you can read Part One of the series here. This post will briefly discuss author copyright agreements and provide resources to ...

ARL, ALA, ACRL, and EFF File Friend of the Court Brief Supporting Google Book Settlement

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

On August 1, 2012, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) joined other members of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)—the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)—and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to file a friend of the court brief (PDF) in Authors Guild v. ...

Creative Commons Seminar

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Please join us for a free public seminar, where Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Executive Dean, Faculty of Law, Australian Catholic University and the CC Australia team will share their experiences and explain to you: • What CC is • Who is using CC • How you can make use of CC • The advantages of applying CC licences and ...

Ask the Chefs: “What Is the Future of Copyright?”

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

This month, the Chefs take a request (one that has arrived in the in-box more than once). The answers are long, complicated, and in some cases surprising. “What is the future of copyright?”   Full post   Source: Scholarly Kitchen  

Who do you work for, faculty author?

Friday, January 27th, 2012

'In two recent blog posts, one describing the original dilemma and one his decision about it, Professor Steven Shaviro discusses his experiences trying to publish an essay in a collection that was being prepared by Oxford University Press.  He balked at the contract he was offered, and ...

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries (USA)

Friday, January 27th, 2012

'INTRODUCTION The mission of academic and research librarians is to enable teaching, learning, and research. Along with serving current faculty, researchers, and students (especially graduate students), these librarians also serve the general public, to whom academic and research libraries are often open. Finally, academic and research librarians are committed to faculty, researchers, and students of ...

Scholarly Electronic Publishing

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

'The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography (SEPB) presents selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. The bibliography covers a wide range of topics, such as digital copyright, digital libraries, digital preservation, ...