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Swiss foundation seeks to extend copyright on Diary of Anne Frank

New York Times: “When Otto Frank first published his daughter’s red-checked diary and notebooks, he wrote a prologue assuring readers that the book mostly contained her words, written while hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex of a factory in Amsterdam. But now the Swiss foundation that holds the copyright to “The Diary of Anne Frank” is alerting publishers that her father is not only the editor but also legally the co-author of the celebrated book. The move has a practical effect: It extends the copyright from Jan. 1, when it is set to expire in most of Europe, to the end of 2050. Copyrights in Europe generally end 70 years after an author’s death. Anne Frank died 70 years ago at Bergen-Belsen, a concentration camp, and Otto Frank died in 1980. Extending the copyright would block others from being able to publish the book without paying royalties or receiving permission…”

Harvard Law School Library Embarks on Expansive Digitization Project

Erik Eckholm, NYT: “Shelves of law books are an august symbol of legal practice, and no place, save the Library of Congress, can match the collection at Harvard’s Law School Library. Its trove includes nearly every state, federal, territorial and tribal judicial decision since colonial times — a priceless potential resource for everyone from legalContinue Reading

Challenges to scholarly journal paywalls take several directions

The prohibitive cost of e-journal subscriptions and the wealth of critical research articles available only for fee continues to reverberate in different directions as individuals and groups work to bypass paywalls. Aaron Swartz spearheaded these efforts in 2013 when he downloaded millions of articles through MIT’s JSTOR account.  More recently, efforts to broaden access toContinue Reading

Harvard Library Copyright Advisor and State Copyright Resource Center

“The Harvard Library Copyright Advisor program was established in 2014 to create a culture of shared understanding of copyright among Harvard faculty, students, and staff in support of pedagogy, research, and innovation. This site, which will serve as a clearinghouse of resources created by the Copyright Advisor, Copyright First Responders, and Copyright Fellows, is intendedContinue Reading

Emerald Group Publishing launches new contribution to Open Access debate

“Bingley, United Kingdom, 19 October 2015 – Emerald Group Publishing is marking International Open Access Week (19-25 October) with the launch of a Special Issue on Open Access (OA) from Online Information Review, with contributions from some of the world’s leading experts on the debate. The aim of this Special Issue is to contribute insights, analysis and commentary towardsContinue Reading

2nd Circuit Rules for Google in Authors Guild Book Scanning Case

13-4829-cv Authors Guild v. Google, Inc. UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT (Argued: December 3, 2014 Decided: October 16, 2015) “Plaintiff-appellants, who are authors of published books under copyright, appeal from the judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Chin, J.) in favor of DefendantContinue Reading

Hudson Institute White Paper – remove Copyright Office from Library of Congress

A 21st Century Copyright Office: The Conservative Case for Reform – Steven Tepp & Ralph Oman, October 2015. “Executive Summary – This white paper examines the history and constitutional status of the copyright functions of the federal government. It concludes that the U.S. Copyright Office will function better, be more respectful of our constitutional structure,Continue Reading

Predatory open access: a longitudinal study of article volumes and market characteristics

Predatory’ open access: a longitudinal study of article volumes and market characteristics. Cenyu Shen and Bo-Christer Björk. Information Systems Science, Hanken School of Economics, Arkadiankatu 22, Helsinki 00101, Finland The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at: – Published: 1 October 2015. BMC Medicine 2015, 13:230 Continue Reading

Review of the Current Landscape of Library Data Services and Institutional Data Policies

Briney, K., Goben, A., & Zilinski, L. (2015). Do You Have an Institutional Data Policy? A Review of the Current Landscape of Library Data Services and Institutional Data Policies. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 3(2), eP1232. “INTRODUCTION Many research institutions have developed research data services in their libraries, often in anticipation of orContinue Reading

Google Research – Comparing Expert and Non-Expert Security Practices

“…no one can hack my mind”: Comparing Expert and Non-Expert Security Practices – USENIX Association, 2015 Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security. “The state of advice given to people today on how to stay safe online has plenty of room for improvement. Too many things are asked of them, which may be unrealistic, time consuming,Continue Reading

New on LLRX – The Next Librarian of Congress – What to do about the Internet Archive and Google Books’ scanning project?

Via – The Next Librarian of Congress – What to do about the Internet Archive and Google Books’ scanning project? – David Rothman offers his insights and perspective on the work and challenges that await the next Librarian of Congress. He calls for an individual who is not only steeped in the requisite expertiseContinue Reading

Commentary – Science Isn’t Broken

Science Isn’t Broken by Christie Aschwanden – If you follow the headlines, your confidence in science may have taken a hit lately. “Peer review? More like self-review. An investigation in November uncovered a scam in which researchers were rubber-stamping their own work, circumventing peer review at five high-profile publishers. Scientific journals? Not exactly a badgeContinue Reading