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University of South Australia hiring Manager: Collection Management and Copyright Services

(18 August 2017) In this diverse new role, you will provide leadership to the Collection Management and Copyright Services team, and have overarching responsibility for the development of collection management strategies, copyright education and compliance initiatives.  You will also be responsible for the management of the Library’s acquisitions budget and will be the primary point […]

August 20, 2017 - 8:43 am
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China’s problem with fake research papers

(11 August 2017) Writing for the Globe and Mail, Frank Ching, a Hong Kong journalist  considers fabricated papers in medical journals with fake peer reviews written by fabricated specialists. In April, Springer Nature announced that it was retracting 107 research papers by Chinese authors after discovering irregularities in the peer-review process of articles published in […]

August 13, 2017 - 4:23 pm
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Embracing digital change: Electronic deposit 18 months on at NLA

(1 August 2017) In February 2016 the National Library of Australia welcomed long-anticipated changes to the Copyright Act.  For the first time in its history, the Library could collect electronic publications under the legal deposit provisions of the Act. 18 months later what has the library collected? over 5,900 ebooks – an increase on the […]

August 13, 2017 - 7:33 am
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Bollywood blocks the Internet Archive

Access to the Internet Archive is being barred within India (9 August 2017) The move appears to be the result of two Bollywood production companies attempting to stop pirated copies of their films being viewed online within the country. A government agency emailed the BBC copies of the court orders involved. They list 2,650 websites […]

August 10, 2017 - 4:20 pm
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Sci-Hub’s cache of pirated papers is so big, subscription journals are doomed, data analyst suggests

(27 July 2017) There is no doubt that Sci-Hub, the infamous – and, according to a U.S. court, illegal – online repository of pirated research papers, is enormously popular. But just how enormous is its repository? That is the question biodata scientist Daniel Himmelstein at the University of Pennsylvania set out to answer. Their findings, […]

July 28, 2017 - 10:53 am
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Course packs for education ruled legal in India

Supreme Court ruling a huge triumph for access to educational materials in India ‎(12 July 2017) On 9 May 2017, a five year court battle between publishers and universities finally came to an end when the Supreme Court of India dismissed an appeal by the Indian Reprographic Rights Organization (IRRO) challenging an earlier judgment of […]

July 14, 2017 - 2:54 pm
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USTR Releases 2017 Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights

(3 July 2017, Washington, D.C.) The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released the 2017 “Special 301” Report, reviewing global developments on trade and intellectual property (IP) and identifying trading partners with harmful records on protection, enforcement, or market access for U.S. innovators and creators. The Report calls on U.S. trading partners […]

July 5, 2017 - 3:09 pm
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American Chemical Society files suit against Sci-Hub

(28 June 2017, Washington) On June 23, 2017, the American Chemical Society (ACS) filed suit in the United States District Court Eastern District of Virginia against unnamed confederates of Sci-Hub, a self-proclaimed web pirate organization that steals and then illegally reproduces and disseminates copyrighted scientific research articles on the internet. The suit asserts infringement of […]

June 29, 2017 - 12:51 pm
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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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