Copyright

The Association of American Publishers welcomes major judgment against Sci-Hub pirate site

(23 June 2017, Washington, DC)  The Association of American Publishers (AAP) welcomes the June 21, 2017 ruling of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York regarding the willful infringement of scores of scholarly articles protected by copyright law. Ruling in favor of Elsevier, the publisher that brought the action, the […]

June 24, 2017 - 7:22 am
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APA refocuses pilot program aimed at curtailing unauthorized publication of journal articles

Individual authors not program’s target, APA says (15 June 2017, Washington)  The American Psychological Association announced today that it is targeting online piracy websites and not individual authors in its efforts to curtail the unauthorized sharing on the internet of articles published in the association’s journals. The move — a change to a recently launched […]

June 19, 2017 - 9:20 am
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Why is citing important?

(17 April 2017)   Mohd Ikhwan Ismail, Senior Librarian, Universiti Sains Malaysia notes that students often ask why citing is important. He shares with us here several points about proper citing to discuss with students.

April 17, 2017 - 2:04 pm
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Setting up open access repositories at the University of Mandalay and the University of Yangon

(5 April 2017) As Myanmar opens up to the outside world after decades of isolation, universities across the country are embracing the concept of open access (OA). EIFL has been working with two leading universities, University of Mandalay and University of Yangon, to set up OA institutional repositories. There are 158 universities under the Myanmar […]

April 6, 2017 - 4:23 pm
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Survey shows author sharing via scholarly collaboration networks is widespread, despite strong support for copyright

(4  April 2017) Kudos, the award-winning service for maximizing the reach and impact of research publications, has announced headline results from a recent survey of authors’ current sharing behaviours, carried out in partnership with 10 publishers including Cambridge University Press, The IET, De Gruyter and SAGE Publishing. The survey, which had over 7,500 researcher respondents, […]

April 6, 2017 - 4:18 pm
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Announcing Unpaywall: unlocking #openaccess versions of paywalled research articles as you browse

(5 April 2017) Today marks the official launch of Unpaywall, a web browser extension that links users directly to free full-text versions of research articles. Heather Piwowar and Jason Priem of Impactstory, the team behind Unpaywall, report on the successful pre-release phase, and explain how two decades of investment, a slew of new tools, and […]

April 5, 2017 - 3:09 pm
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海外に輸出される携帯電話の5台に1台は偽物

OECD-パリ、2017年3月28日 OECDの新報告書、「偽造品取引(Trade in Counterfeit Goods)」によると、海外に送られる携帯電話の5台に1台、またビデオゲーム機の4台に1台は偽物で、ITや通信用ハードウェアの偽造品取引の増加で消費者、製造業者の負担が重くなり、公的資金が圧迫されています。 本報告書によると、スマートフォンのバッテリー、充電器、メモリーカード、磁気ストライプ・カード、半導体ドライブ、音楽プレーヤーなども、偽造被害に遭うケースが増えています。2013年の通関データの分析によると、情報通信(ICT)財の世界全体の取引の平均6.5%は偽造品です。2016年の報告書によると、あらゆる財の取引に占める模倣品の割合は2.5%ですが、ICT財に占める模倣品の割合はこれを上回っていることになります。 3月30~31日に開催される2017 OECD Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum に先だって発表された本報告書では、スマートフォンとICT付属品が高価で、それらに対する需要が高まる一方であることから、それらの偽造は採算が取れるため、その悪影響を受ける商品の数も幅も広がる一方であることが懸念されます。 ICTの偽造品は、健康や安全面のリスク、サービス停止、企業と政府の収入喪失などを引き起こします。ICTの模倣品の主な製造元は中国で、収入の喪失やブランド価値の低下による最大の被害者は米国の製造業者です。摘発されたICT模倣品のうち、ほぼ42%が米国企業の、次いで25%がフィンランド企業、12%が日本企業の知的財産権を侵害しています。 <データをエクセルファイルでダウンロードするにはこちらをクリックしてください> 偽造品とは、商標を侵害する財のことです。知的所有権に大きく依存している産業では、ICT財の偽造は確立されたブランドに対する消費者の信頼を損ねる他、その健康、安全、プライバシーをも危険に晒します。偽造電話機には鉛やカドミウムなどの有害物質を純正品よりも多く含んでいる場合がある一方、模倣電話機の充電器は発火したり感電したりする恐れがあります。トランジスタ、プリント配線、ラジオ塔といったICT媒介装置の模倣品と部品も輸出されています。 本書では、ICT偽造品の世界全体の取引額は、2011~13年に通関で差し押さえられたほぼ50万件の押収品のデータを元に推計したところ、2013年までに1430億米ドルに達していると述べています。ICT偽造品のほぼ3分の2は速達郵便で送られており、そのことが検出を非常に複雑にしています。 ICT部門は、2013年のOECD地域全体の送付か価値の5.5%を占めており、2.4兆米ドルに相当します。世界全体のICT製品の輸出額は2001年以降年率6%上昇して、2013年には1.6兆円に達していますが、そのうち3分の1が中国からの輸出です。 The announcement is here.

March 29, 2017 - 8:46 pm
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One in five mobile phones shipped abroad is fake

(28 March 2017) Nearly one in five mobile phones and one in four video game consoles shipped internationally is fake, as a growing trade in counterfeit IT and communications hardware weighs on consumers, manufacturers and public finances, according to a new OECD report. Trade in Counterfeit ICT Goods finds that smartphone batteries, chargers, memory cards, […]

March 29, 2017 - 3:42 pm
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Shadow libraries and you: Sci-Hub usage and the future of ILL

(27 March 2017) This conference paper by Gardner, Gabriel J. and McLaughlin, Stephen R. and Asher, Andrew D. considers whether the paper pirating site Sci-Hub which is used all over the world, is affecting usage of interlibrary loan? What is it about the most requested articles from Sci-Hub that causes users to obtain their research […]

March 28, 2017 - 5:07 pm
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Amendments to copyright a welcome step towards fair, affordable and open access to knowledge

(23  March 2017) The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) is delighted to see that the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017 have been in Parliament. CAUL is the national peak body representing university libraries in Australia and has been a persistent advocate for the Bill’s proposed amendments. The amendments arise from […]

March 26, 2017 - 5:00 pm
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Copyright Issues in Libraries, Education and Open Access: A Joint Session by Singapore Management University Libraries (SMU Libraries) and The Library Association of Singapore (LAS)

By Nazimah Ram Nath* (16 March 2017) SMU Libraries, in partnership with the Library Association of Singapore, held a seminar on 25th January 2017 to promote an awareness on copyright issues and copyright obligations amongst librarians and professionals in the education industry in Singapore. The seminar was held at the Li Ka Shing Library, Singapore […]

March 16, 2017 - 4:40 pm
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Online piracy can boost comic book sales, research finds

(20 February 2017) A new academic study shows that piracy can have a positive effect on comic book sales under some conditions. The empirical research, which zooms in on Japanese Manga comics, suggests that sales of ongoing comics dip when pirated versions are more readily available, while those for completed series go up. TorrentFreak has […]

February 21, 2017 - 3:25 pm
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ACS Publications to join Copyright Clearance Center’s RightFind® XML for mining solution

(10 February 2017, Danvers, Mass.)  Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), which creates global licensing and content solutions that make copyright work, announces that the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society, is participating in RightFind® XML for Mining, CCC’s cloud-based solution for obtaining content and rights for commercial text […]

February 12, 2017 - 12:32 pm
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Kudos announces integration with Editorial Manager, helping more authors with copyright-compliant sharing of their research articles

(7 February 2017) Kudos the award-winning service for maximizing the reach and impact of research publications, and Aries Systems, have announced a partnership through which plain language summaries will be captured at the point of submission within Editorial Manager. Earlier in 2016, Kudos ran a six-month pilot to assess author interest in providing plain language […]

February 7, 2017 - 8:54 pm
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EIFL supports libraries and copyright in Myanmar

(31 January 2017) The copyright law of Myanmar was enacted over a century ago in 1914, and is one of many laws that are being replaced. It is based on the 1911 Copyright Act of the United Kingdom and although the law is still on the statute books, in practice it is defunct. Foreign works […]

February 3, 2017 - 5:02 pm
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