Copyright

Science’s pirate queen

Alexandra Elbakyan is plundering the academic publishing establishment (8 February 2018) In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a website with over 64 million academic papers available for free to anybody in the world. It […]

February 13, 2018 - 2:33 pm
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Copyright Clearance Center launches RightFind Insight, transforming scientific research

(6 February 2018, Danvers, Mass.)  Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a global leader in content management, licensing, discovery and delivery solutions, today announced the release of RightFind® Insight, a groundbreaking scientific research solution. RightFind Insight was developed through CCC’s continuing partnership with Cambridge, UK-based SciBite, a leading provider of semantic solutions for the life sciences […]

February 7, 2018 - 1:58 pm
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Turnitin announces development of solution to address contract cheating in partnership with leading educational institutions

With the help of academic integrity researchers, forensic linguists, and machine learning experts, Turnitin is developing a solution to counter the threat contract cheating poses to institutions’ values. (1 February 2018) One in three college instructors report that their students have submitted papers written by someone else. However, instructors feel they lack the evidence and […]

February 3, 2018 - 5:19 pm
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Cultural differences in plagiarism

(20 December 2017) American universities are melting pots of cultures and ideas, a blending of communities from all over the world according to the Turnitin blog. International students who come to the United States to attend college jump into a set of experiences that can be both similar and widely different to those of their […]

December 21, 2017 - 2:44 pm
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The crumbling façade: my experience working for an essay mill

(12 December 2017) According to a recent UK Government-backed review, academics are topping up their earnings by writing for “essay mill” sites which help students to cheat in their assignments. S. A. Mills was one of those academics and recounts the experience here; offering an insight into the allure of such opportunities for those either […]

December 15, 2017 - 10:42 am
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Coalition Against Piracy wants Singapore to block streaming piracy software

(4 December 2017) The recently-formed Coalition Against Piracy, which counts Disney, Fox, Sony, HBO, NBCUniversal, BBC Worldwide and the Premier League among its members, is demanding greater action against illicit streaming. The powerful group has called on the government in Singapore to not only block ‘pirate’ streaming software but also unlicensed streams from entering the […]

December 5, 2017 - 10:14 am
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Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

(23 November 2017) Several domains of the controversial academic paper filesharing site Sci-Hub have been made inactive following a court order earlier this month. According to Whois records, sci-hub.io, sci-hub.ac and sci-hub.cc have their domain set to “serverHold”, an ICANN code meaning the “domain is not activated in the DNS”. Records for sci-hub.io and sci-hub.ac […]

November 27, 2017 - 8:44 am
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Kudos launches solution to illegal sharing of copyright content

(15 November 2017)  Kudos, the award-winning service for maximizing the reach and impact of research publications, has announced the launch of its shareable PDF solution, which helps publishers prevent copyright infringement and reclaim lost usage from sharing of research articles on scholarly collaboration networks (SCNs). Authors of articles published by the American Thoracic Society, Emerald […]

November 16, 2017 - 9:00 pm
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Publishers push ResearchGate harder in copyright battle

(9 November 2017) ResearchGate has moved at least 1.7 million articles to make them less easily available, according to a publishers’ group that sent mass take-down notices against papers they said were in breach of copyright laws. James Milne, a spokesman for the Coalition for Responsible Sharing, said that the action was a “positive step” […]

November 14, 2017 - 8:25 am
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ResearchGate and Springer Nature plan cooperation

Joint Statement from Springer Nature and ResearchGate (9 October 2017, Berlin and London) ResearchGate and Springer Nature have been in serious discussions for some time about finding solutions to sharing scientific journal articles online, while at the same time protecting intellectual property rights. The companies are cautiously optimistic that a solution can be found, and […]

October 10, 2017 - 2:10 pm
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Publishers and societies take action against ResearchGate’s copyright infringements

(5 October 2017) Following unsuccessful attempts to jointly find ways for scholarly collaboration network ResearchGate to run its service in a copyright-compliant way, a coalition of information analytics businesses, publishers and societies is now left with no other choice but to take formal steps to remedy the illicit hosting of millions of subscription articles on […]

October 6, 2017 - 8:32 am
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Judge recommends ISP and search engine blocking of Sci-Hub in the US

(3 October 2017) Earlier this year the American Chemical Society (ACS), a leading source of academic publications in the field of chemistry, filed a lawsuit against Sci-Hub and its operator Alexandra Elbakyan. The non-profit organization publishes tens of thousands of articles a year in its peer-reviewed journals. Because many of these are available for free […]

October 6, 2017 - 8:25 am
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Issue Briefs advise libraries on archiving government information, licensing metadata about scholarship

(14 September 2017) The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released two issue briefs answering pressing questions about copyright faced by libraries and archives: Can institutions legally preserve and share government information from the internet? And should institutions license their metadata describing scholarly works? More here.

September 18, 2017 - 3:08 pm
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American Chemical Society seeks judgment against Sci-Hub

Pirated papers distributor has not responded to lawsuit (6 September 2017) The American Chemical Society is asking a federal court to stop Sci-Hub, which provides free access to pirated journal articles, from distributing ACS journal articles and other materials. ACS wants the court to order Sci-Hub to cease “copying, distributing, altering, displaying, hosting, selling and/or […]

September 7, 2017 - 2:09 pm
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Government moves to modernise copyright in Australia

(26 August 2017) Australia’s educators, cultural institutions, disability organisations and tech sector welcome the Government’s commitment to modernisation of our copyright system and to ensuring fairer access to content for Australians. The commitment came as part of the Government’s response to the Productivity Commission’s 2016 Inquiry into Intellectual Property, which was released late on Friday. […]

August 26, 2017 - 3:42 pm
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