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"Open-Sourcing the Global Academy: Aaron Swartz’s Legacy"

Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Open Access, Publishing on January 30th, 2013

Rebecca Gould has self-archived "Open-Sourcing the Global Academy: Aaron Swartz's Legacy" in SSRN.

Here's an excerpt:

This essay examines Swartz's Open Access vision, and traces the challenges he faced in carrying out his dream. Arguing that Open Access is the future of scholarship in the digital age, I outline concrete strategies for bringing Swartz's dream to fruition.

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    "Money from Music: Survey Evidence on Musicians’ Revenue and Lessons About Copyright Incentives"

    Posted in Copyright on January 22nd, 2013

    Peter C. DiCola has self-archived "Money from Music: Survey Evidence on Musicians' Revenue and Lessons About Copyright Incentives" in SSRN.

    Here's an excerpt:

    For most musicians, copyright does not provide much of a direct financial reward for what they are producing currently. The survey findings are instead consistent with a winner-take-all or superstar model in which copyright motivates musicians through the promise of large rewards in the future in the rare event of wide popularity. This conclusion is not unfamiliar, but this article is the first to support it with empirical evidence on musicians' revenue.

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      "SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, TPP: An Alphabet Soup of Innovation-Stifling Copyright Legislation and Agreements"

      Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars on January 21st, 2013

      Michael A. Carrier has published "SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, TPP: An Alphabet Soup of Innovation-Stifling Copyright Legislation and Agreements" in the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property.

      Here's an excerpt:

      In this article, I discuss the effects of four copyright proposals on innovation: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). These proposals contain provisions that would impose copyright liability in a vague and far-reaching manner that would harm innovators, dissuade venture capitalists, and ultimately stifle innovation.

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        Organization of Scholarly Communication Services, SPEC Kit 332

        Posted in Copyright, Open Access, Publishing, Scholarly Communication on December 14th, 2012

        ARL has released the Organization of Scholarly Communication Services, SPEC Kit 332.

        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

        The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published Organization of Scholarly Communication Services, SPEC Kit 332, which explores how research institutions are currently organizing staff to support scholarly communication services, and whether their organizational structures have changed since 2007, when member libraries were surveyed about their scholarly communication education initiatives. This SPEC Kit covers who leads scholarly communication efforts inside and outside the library, the scholarly communication related services that are offered to researchers, and which staff support those services. The publication also looks at how the library measures the success of its scholarly communication services, including demonstrable outcomes of these services.

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          "The U.S. Proposal for an Intellectual Property Chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement"

          Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Legislation and Government Regulation on December 12th, 2012

          Sean M. Flynn et al. have self-archived "The U.S. Proposal for an Intellectual Property Chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement" in SSRN.

          Here's an excerpt:

          Our ultimate conclusion is that the U.S. proposal, if adopted, would upset the current international framework balancing the interests of rights holders and the public. It would heighten standards of protection for rights holders well beyond that which the best available evidence or inclusive democratic processes support. It contains insufficient balancing provisions for users, consumers, and the public interest.

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            "Contribution to the Definition of a Positive Agenda for the Public Domain: A Policy Paper by COMMUNIA International Association on the Public Domain"

            Posted in Copyright, Public Domain, Reports and White Papers on December 6th, 2012

            COMMUNIA has released "Contribution to the Definition of a Positive Agenda for the Public Domain: A Policy Paper by COMMUNIA International Association on the Public Domain."

            Here's an excerpt:

            This policy paper proposes to contribute to defining a positive agenda for the Public Domain. It is grounded on a WIPO study by Professor Sèverine Dusollier, Communia policy recommendations and Communia previous WIPO statements. This work-in-progress document presents policy recommendations and strategies aimed at the trans-national level , namely WIPO CDIP and SCCR. Legal language will be drafted at a later stage.

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              "ARL Member Library Directors on Putting the Code to Work"

              Posted in Copyright on November 27th, 2012

              The Association of Research Libraries has published "ARL Member Library Directors on Putting the Code to Work."

              Here's an excerpt:

              The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries came out in January 2012, and we have been spreading the good news at events around the country ever since. . . . In the following video interviews, taped in October 2012, five dynamic leaders of ARL libraries describe how they are using the Code to inform new approaches to questions of copyright and fair use.

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                "The Myth of European Term Harmonisation: 27 Public Domains for the 27 Member States"

                Posted in Copyright on November 22nd, 2012

                Christina Angelopoulos has self-archived "The Myth of European Term Harmonisation: 27 Public Domains for the 27 Member States" in SSRN.

                Here's an excerpt:

                The term of protection of copyright and related rights is generally considered to be one of the best harmonised areas of European copyright law. However, close examination of the EU Term Directive's intricate provisions reveals a piecemeal and permissive approach to harmonisation which preserves many differences between the national rules. In this report, four main sources of legislative variability are identified and analysed: a) contagion from unharmonised areas of substantive copyright law; b) explicit exceptions to the harmonisation of the term of protection; c) national related rights of unharmonised term; and d) incorrect implementation of the provisions of the Term Directive into national law.

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