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Continued Decline in Patent Lawsuits

“The latest available data from the federal courts show that during the first eight months of fiscal year 2016 the government reported the filing of 3,478 patent-related lawsuits. If this pace continues through the remaining four months, there will be a total of 5,217 new filings of this type. This represents a decrease of 6.2 percent from FY 2015, and a drop of 19.8 percent from FY 2013 when a peak of 6,504 patent lawsuits were filed. The Eastern District of Texas dominates the national picture, accounting for nearly four out of every ten (39.7%) patent-related lawsuits. Nearly one in ten (9.3%) patent lawsuits were filed in Delaware, with all remaining judicial districts together accounting for just about half (51%). For the full report, including a timeline and district rankings click here.”

Visual China Group expands control of Corbis and Getty Images

First – Corbis Images and Corbis Motion closed their doors on May 2, 2016. Second, via the press room site at Getty Images today – note there are several moving parts to this news, which was announced in April 2016 – with more information is surfacing June 2016 – Via the Chief Executive Officer of… Continue Reading

The high cost and complex barriers to open access knowledge

Via ars technica uk this is a long read that documents the long, circuitous, challenging and unfulfilled promise of access to human knowledge provided without impediments specific to economic or social status, country of origin, age, ethnicity, i.e., for everyone – Open access: All human knowledge is there—so why can’t everybody access it? “…imagine, for… Continue Reading

MailChimp Content Style Guide

MailChimp Content Style Guide – MailChimp 2016. This work is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. [Note – I am a MailChimp customer and am pleased this guide is available.] Continue Reading

California’s Legislature Wants to Copyright All Government Works

Via Ernesto Falcon – EFF: “AB 2880 will give state and local governments dramatic powers to chill speech, stifle open government, and harm the public domain. The California Assembly Committee on Judiciary recently approved a bill (AB 2880) to grant local and state governments’ copyright authority along with other intellectual property rights. At its core,… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Statutory Copyright Licenses, Military Readiness, Rural Housing Service, Municipal Freshwater Scarcity, Technology Assessment, U.S. Postal Service

Statutory Copyright Licenses: Stakeholders’ Views on a Phaseout of Licenses for Broadcast Programming, GAO-16-496: Published: May 4, 2016. Publicly Released: May 4, 2016. Military Readiness: Progress and Challenges in Implementing the Navy’s Optimized Fleet Response Plan, GAO-16-466R: Published: May 2, 2016. Publicly Released: May 2, 2016 Rural Housing Service: Actions Needed to Strengthen Management of… Continue Reading

Researchers around the world increasingly turning to pirated papers due to prohibitive publisher costs

Follow up to previous posting, Controversy over free journal access database keeps Sci-Hub in legal and research spotlight, via Science – Who’s downloading pirated papers? Everyone by John Bohannon – “These statistics are based on extensive server log data supplied by Alexandra Elbakyan, the neuroscientist who created Sci-Hub in 2011 as a 22-year-old graduate student… Continue Reading

What’s on Television? The Intersection of Communications and Copyright Policies

Via FAS – CRS report – What’s on Television? The Intersection of Communications and Copyright Policies. Dana A. Scherer, Analyst in Telecommunications. April 20, 2016. “In the 1940s and 1950s, watching television meant tuning into one of a few broadcast television stations, with the help of an antenna, to watch a program at a pre… Continue Reading

RightsStatements.org – 11 standardized rights statements for online cultural heritage

“RightsStatements.org is a joint initiative of Europeana and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Europeana, the Digital Public Library of America, and many other libraries, archives and other cultural heritage institutions believe that everyone should be able to engage with their cultural heritage online. We can help achieve this by providing cultural heritage institutions… Continue Reading

Google Books case ends as Supreme Court will not intervene

WSJ.com: “The Supreme Court on Monday declined to intervene in a case examining whether Alphabet Inc.’s Google engaged in copyright infringement when it scanned millions of books and made them searchable online, a final blow to authors who sued the company. The justices, in a brief written order, said they won’t take up an appeal by the… Continue Reading

District court rules in favor of library e-reserve against publishers

Inside HigherEd: “A U.S. district court judge has once again taken a look at three publishers’ case against Georgia State University’s e-reserve and ruled that, in 41 of 48 cases, no copyright infringement took place. The ruling, a 220-page walk-through that applies the four-part fair-use test to each of the 48 cases, is seen by… Continue Reading

EU Parliament adopts General Data Protection Regulation

European Parliament News: “New EU data protection rules [EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”)] which aim to give citizens back control of their personal data and create a high, uniform level of data protection across the EU fit for the digital era was given their final approval by MEPs on Thursday. The reform also sets… Continue Reading