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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Altmetric user conference in Sydney

(7 December 2016) It takes place 10 February 2017, is free and hosted at UTS in Sydney. It will  and will include discussions of the latest developments in research metrics and evaluation.   More here.

December 13, 2016 - 2:47 pm

Retractions from Springer and BioMed Central journals

(1 November 2016, London) Springer and BioMed Central are retracting 58 articles published across seven journals this week, after a thorough investigation which revealed evidence of plagiarism, peer review and authorship manipulation, suggestive of attempts to subvert the peer review and publication system to inappropriately obtain or allocate authorship. After receiving allegations of plagiarism confined […]

November 3, 2016 - 9:15 am

CUHK Library organises Open Access Day 2016

By Louisa Lam* (2 November 2016) The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Library held the first CUHK Open Access Day on 24 October 2016 to promote open access on the campus. The theme was Open in Action – Enhancing Research Impact @ CUHK AIMS. AIMS is CUHK’s new Academic Information Management System for managing its […]

November 2, 2016 - 2:10 pm

Turnitin announces new content partnership with the world-renowned pre-print repository

(26 October 2016) Turnitin today announced that it has secured a new content partnership with, which will see Turnitin services match against the global pre-print repository. In addition to signing a Content License Agreement, arXiv have chosen to implement Turnitin’s market leading iThenticate service, to assist them in checking the originality of papers uploaded […]

October 28, 2016 - 8:38 pm

Copyright Clearance Center launches Rightfind™ Music

(17 October 2016, Danvers, Mass.) Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), creating global licensing and content solutions that make copyright work, announces the launch of RightFind™ Music, a search and file management website designed to help customers find, download and manage music from APM Music’s collection of more than 500,000 tracks licensed for use in presentations […]

October 19, 2016 - 4:47 pm

Copyright Clearance Center’s subsidiary RightsDirect hosting complimentary copyright education events in India

(5 October 2016, Danvers, Mass.) RightsDirect, a wholly owned subsidiary of Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), is hosting complimentary copyright compliance education events in India on Tuesday 25 October, at the Jnana Jyothi Auditorium of the University of Bangalore and Thursday 27 October, at the Sofitel Mumbai BKC. RightsDirect provides licensing and information management solutions […]

October 8, 2016 - 4:10 pm

cilip selects Top 6 library and information stories from September 2016

(27 September 2016) cilip has collected  some of the interesting, contentious and important library and information stories that were discussed around the world this September. They include  data and the role of librarians; and copyright and hyperlinks. Click here to see all six with comments and links.

September 27, 2016 - 6:15 pm

Copyright is not an inevitable or divine right, Court rules

(19 September 2016) In many countries it’s common for universities to print course packs, consisting of chapters of various educational books. This allows professors to use a tailored selection of literature they deem relevant for the course in question. However, not all publishers like this practice. They often demand license fees if the number of […]

September 20, 2016 - 6:10 pm