Tag Archives: copyright

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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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” […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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.


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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, […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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