Copyright

Laos copyright law: EIFL review, recommendations

(14 March 2019) Libraries rely on copyright exceptions and limitations to allow everyday uses of copyright-protected materials, for example, to provide a researcher with a copy of a journal article, to make an accessible format copy for a blind student, or to make a preservation copy. For this reason, many copyright laws include specific exceptions […]

March 22, 2019 - 8:42 am
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European Patent Office report compares compulsory licensing practices by country

(1 Mar 2019) The European Patent Office has published a report detailing differences in the laws and procedures of European countries for the granting of compulsory licences. The report is entitled, Compulsory licensing in Europe: A country-by-country overview [pdf], and was published in January. Intellectual Property Watch has the full story.  

March 5, 2019 - 10:17 am
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California startup Brainbase building breakthrough online IP licensing platform

(19 February 2019)  Brainbase, a California tech startup with a team in Estonia, has received US$1M in seed funding to build an “end-to-end product ecosystem for intellectual property licensing” that could change the way businesses manage and licence their brands worldwide. The investment is an indication of dynamic evolution in the IP sector as it takes […]

February 21, 2019 - 9:03 am
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Controlled digital lending: an interview with Jonathan Band

(22 January 2019) The concept of controlled digital lending is receiving growing attention. Originating in the United States, it is now a subject of discussion elsewhere in the world, raising both interest and concern. IFLA has interviewed Jonathan Band, a member of the Libraries Copyright Alliance, to find out more. The full interview can be found here.  

January 28, 2019 - 11:01 am
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Singapore prepares ban on piracy-configured media devices & software

(18 January 2019) New laws set to be tabled in Singapore this year will target the sale of piracy-configured media devices and software. The proposals also seek to prevent individuals from installing piracy software on devices for a fee, post-sale. Read the full story here.

January 19, 2019 - 1:22 pm
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South Korea promises new crackdown on pirate sites

(13 January 2019) The government in South Korea says that it shuttered 25 pirate sites in 2018 and arrested the operators of more than half of them. It also announced the launch of a new response center to more quickly deal with pirate sites via blocking. Thousands of platforms are already blocked in the country. South […]

January 14, 2019 - 10:31 pm
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Top 3 copyright ‘owners’ sent Google a billion takedown requests

(25 December 2018) The three most active ‘copyright owners’ have asked Google to remove more than a billion allegedly infringing links from its search engine results. While more than 160,000 rightsholders have asked Google to remove content, 0.0001% are responsible for the majority of the flagged links. Day in and day out copyright holders are […]

December 26, 2018 - 2:21 pm
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Japan to extend copyright period on works including novels and paintings to 70 years

(10 December 2018) The copyright period on works such as novels and paintings in Japan is set to be extended to 70 years after the authors’ deaths, from the current 50 years, effective 30 December when a revised copyright law goes into force. The copyright law was revised as part of legislation to approve the […]

December 12, 2018 - 1:47 pm
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Sci-Hub blocked in Russia following ruling by Moscow court

(3 December 2018) Sci-Hub, the popular pirate site that bypasses paywalls to illicitly host millions of pay-to-read scientific papers, is being blocked in Russia after a court in the country ruled against the site. Last month, the Moscow City Court ruled that Sci-Hub should be blocked in the country following complaints from the academic publishers […]

December 6, 2018 - 9:40 am
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Singapore High Court blocks access to ‘pirate’ set-top box apps

(23 November 2018) The Singapore High Court has handed down an injunction which requires several local Internet service providers to block access to popular ‘pirate’ apps. The order, which has not yet been made public, was issued following a complaint from local TV companies plus Fox International and the UK’s Premier League. Configurable set-top boxes […]

November 23, 2018 - 7:23 pm
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The OA Interviews: Arul George Scaria

(18 November 2018) Richard Poynder interviews Arul George Scaria, Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director at CIIPC, the Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC) in New Delhi. Scaria is currently working on a report based on a landscape survey of the current situation in India concerning open science for which he was the principle […]

November 19, 2018 - 3:23 pm
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Downloads of pirated research papers rampant in Japan

(13 November 2018) Academic papers were freely downloaded more than 1.27 million times in Japan last year from a “pirate” website, highlighting the growing reluctance to pay subscription fees for such publications, a study team said. The team, comprising researchers from the University of the Ryukyus and Nagoya Gakuin University, said the study results showed […]

November 14, 2018 - 8:00 pm
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A librarian perspective on Sci-Hub: the true solution to the scholarly communication crisis is in the hands of the academic community, not librarians

(9 November 2018) Sci-Hub is a pirate website that provides free access to millions of research papers otherwise locked behind paywalls. Widespread dissatisfaction with scholarly communications has led many to overlook or dismiss concerns over the site’s legality, praising its disruptive technology and seeing justification in the free access it affords people all over the […]

November 10, 2018 - 12:19 pm
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Harvard’s Individual Open-Access License

Harvard Releases an Individual Open-Access License for Non-Faculty Scholars (24 October 2018)  The Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication is pleased to announce the launch of a new open-access license for all Harvard authors of scholarly articles. All Harvard schools have open-access policies granting certain non-exclusive rights to the University. These policies were adopted by faculty votes, and allow […]

October 25, 2018 - 1:45 pm
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Ruth’s Rankings 37 – Part 2: How Important are Journal Quality Metrics in the Era of Potential/ possible/ probable predatory publishers and publications?

By Ruth A. Pagell* (21 October 2018) A chaired professor at a distinguished British university is listed as the international advisor for a journal even though he has tried for years to remove his name. A new online directory lists a major database vendor as a sponsor even after a “cease and desist” order Many […]

October 21, 2018 - 5:41 pm
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