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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

An Easy Checkoff for Global Competitiveness: The Case for a U.S. Innovation Box

An Easy Checkoff for Global Competitiveness: The Case for a U.S. Innovation Box – Robert D. Atkinson – November 30, 2015.  “Taxing corporate revenues from innovation-based activities less will not only boost U.S. global competitiveness it will help bring back IP-based corporate profits now overseas. “Within the last decade a growing number of countries haveContinue Reading

Pew Study – Gaming and Gamers

Pew Research Center Study: “About half of American adults (49%) “ever play video games on a computer, TV, game console, or portable device like a cellphone,” and 10% consider themselves to be “gamers.” A majority of American adults (60%) believe that most people who play video games are men – a view that is sharedContinue 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

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 ofContinue Reading

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: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/13/23 – Published: 1 October 2015. BMC Medicine 2015, 13:230 Continue Reading