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Wikimedia Foundation removes Diary of Anne Frank due to copyright law requirements

Wikimedia Blog – [February 10, 2016], “in an unfortunate example of the overreach of the United States’ current copyright law, the Wikimedia Foundation removed the Dutch-language text of The Diary of a Young Girl—more commonly known in English as the Diary of Anne Frank—from Wikisource. We took this action to comply with the United States’Continue Reading

Database of 48 million pirated research papers is focus of litigious revolt against paywalls

Meet the Robin Hood of Science by Simon Oxenham – The tale of how one researcher has made nearly every scientific paper ever published available for free to anyone, anywhere in the world. “On September 5th, 2011, Alexandra Elbakyan, a researcher from Kazakhstan, created Sci-Hub, a website that bypasses journal paywalls, illegally providing access toContinue Reading

Prominent Authors Join Amicus Brief in Google Book Scanning Case

Via FindLaw via WSJ Law Blog – “Several famous authors filed a brief with the Supreme Court, asking it to hear a lawsuit over Google digital book library. Malcolm Gladwell, Margaret Atwood, Yann Martel, Steven Sondheim and others lent their names to the brief, contending Google is guilty of “massive copyright infringement…One of the writers’Continue Reading

Independent Voices – historic online searchable alternative press database

“Independent Voices chronicles the transformative decades of the 60s, 70s and 80s through the lens of an independent alternative press. Consolidated for the first time, Independent Voices provides over 1,000 titles from the special collections of dozens of libraries. Independent Voices provides easy access to the powerful voices of feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, NativeContinue Reading

The Library of Congress by the Numbers in 2015

“The Library of Congress today released statistics for fiscal year 2015. Its collection now comprises more than 162 million physical items in a wide variety of formats. The daily business of being the world’s largest library, the home of the U.S. Copyright Office and a supportive agency to the U.S. Congress resulted in the LibraryContinue Reading

Clinic Works With Law Scholars to Argue Against Copyright in Legal Codes

Cyberlaw Clinic – Harvard Law School – [January 16, 2016], “the Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic, on behalf of a group of esteemed law scholars, filed an amicus brief (pdf) in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) v. Public.Resource.org. Amici argue in the briefContinue Reading

Diary of Anne Frank published on both a blog and a website citing end of EU copyright protection

Via Swissinfo: “The Diary of Anne Frank has been put online by a French politician and an academic, who cite EU law and the importance of intellectual freedom. The Basel-based Anne Frank Foundation is considering legal action, saying it still holds the copyright. “Anne Frank died in 1945 [in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany],Continue Reading

Authors Guild Petitions Supreme Court to Rule on Google Books

[December 31, 2015] “the Authors Guild, the nation’s largest and oldest society of professional writers, filed a petition with the Supreme Court of the United States requesting that it review a lower court ruling that allowed Google, Inc. to copy millions of copyright-protected books without asking for authors’ permission or paying them. At stake, theContinue Reading

The Public Domain Review Class of 2016

“Founded in 2011, The Public Domain Review is an online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas.  In particular, as our name sugggests, the focus is on works which have now fallen into the public domain, that vast commons of out-of-copyrightContinue Reading

State of the Commons Report Highlights Milestone of Over 1 Billion Creative Commons Works Shared Online

Ryan Merkley, December 8, 2015 –  Annual State of the Commons Report highlights global cultural and policy impact of free and open content – “Creative Commons, the global nonprofit that makes it easier for creators to share their work under simple copyright terms, announced a major milestone in the release of its 2015 State ofContinue Reading

PubMed – New Filters for Creative Commons Articles

News release: “Creative Commons (CC) licenses are types of copyright licenses that allow free distribution of a work. PubMed Central (PMC), the NLM archive of full text journal articles, includes articles that have a Creative Commons license or are in the public domain. The latter covers those articles authored by staff of U.S. government agencies.Continue Reading

State of the Commons Report Highlights Milestone of Over 1 Billion Creative Commons Works Shared Online

Ryan Merkley, December 8, 2015 – Annual State of the Commons Report highlights global cultural and policy impact of free and open content – “Creative Commons, the global nonprofit that makes it easier for creators to share their work under simple copyright terms, announced a major milestone in the release of its 2015 State ofContinue Reading