Copyright

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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Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians published

(21 August 2017) The NASIG Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians have been approved and adopted by the NASIG Executive Board. They are now available at the NASIG web site at https://goo.gl/94eisN. This document describes the skills that librarians need to work in the highly collaborative environment related to digital scholarship and scholarly communications in […]

August 22, 2017 - 2:05 pm
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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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