Tag Archives: copyright

World Bank goes Open Access

There has been a steady trickle of institutions and organizations committing to open access to some subset of their data, with the UK government [announcing opendata](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/28/opendata-for-uk-government-pushing-semantic-web-development-for-government-transparency/) last year. Now the [World Bank](http://web.worldbank.org/) has become perhaps the first major international organization to require [open access](http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/000406484_20120403130112) to its research outputs under a [CC](http://creativecommons.org/) licensing scheme. Continue reading World Bank goes Open Access

Two new platforms to rival Apple ebook platform recently announced

There was quite a bit of [activity](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2012/02/09/interent2-net-services/) [recently](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2012/02/09/oer-panel-gathers-to-assess-state/) over the announcement by Apple of [iBooks Author](http://chronicle.com/article/Apples-New-E-Textbook/130399/). Now two other platforms are gaining some profile regarding their offerings. To me, it just shows à al [Christensen](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2012/02/10/current-books-on-how-education-needs-to-change/), how ripe the market is for some disruption to displace the dominant and stagnant leaders who are incumbents of sustaining the status quo. Continue reading Two new platforms to rival Apple ebook platform recently announced

Call to boycott Elsevier gaining steam

I have long been a critic of the [academic publishing industry](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/25/british-libraries-are-prepared-to-forgo-elsevier-and-wiley-big-deal-subs-if-terms-not-right/) and the increasing costs for getting, mainly, publicly funded research out to peer-review and the wider scholarly community. And to be sure, there is more malaise in the total system than just the publishers. There is also the push to “publish or die” and the growing pressure to “publish and engage with the digital world.” But a recent call by a very accomplished academic at Cambridge has lit a fire in the heather, and there is a line of villagers armed with pitchforks heading up to the Elsevier castle. Continue reading Call to boycott Elsevier gaining steam

Fair Use Principles

A [useful article](http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2011/08/02/essay_calls_on_academics_to_use_their_fair_use_rights) which gives some basic education for *fair use* in academic and commercial settings. Academics potentially enjoy some of the greatest benefits of U.S. copyright law’s doctrine of fair use — which lets them use copyrighted material without permission or payment, under some circumstances. Continue reading Fair Use Principles

Aaron Schwartz rough handedness from Feds at behest of MIT raising alarm bells

I [first wrote](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/20/mit-cracker-arrested-trying-to-download-millions-of-jstor-articles/) about Aaron Schwartz when it went public about what he was alleged to have done, and [again](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/22/sympathy-protests-for-aaron-swartz-against-jstor/) with protests against his arrest and Aaron’s own writings about his cause. Now more information is coming out and it seems that there is more strong support forming for the cause. The [Chronicle](http://chronicle.com/article/Rogue-Downloaders-Arrest/128439/) has a very good article on the subject, with quotes from different sides. What seems apparent is that all of the sides, save JSTOR and the administration, but including the faculty at MIT, as regarding the inclusion of the US Secret Service as rather heavy handed, especially when this is a clearly a case of activism and information that is all out of copyright. Continue reading Aaron Schwartz rough handedness from Feds at behest of MIT raising alarm bells

Sympathy protests for Aaron Swartz against JSTOR

Aaron Swartz was [indicted](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/20/mit-cracker-arrested-trying-to-download-millions-of-jstor-articles/) for grabbing a few million articles off of JSTOR. Now a British man has just pushed up a torrent of nearly 19,000 out of copyright articles to press the issue. Continue reading Sympathy protests for Aaron Swartz against JSTOR

MIT cracker arrested trying to download millions of JSTOR articles

Aaron Swartz, a fellow at Harvard’s Center for Ethics, is a 24-year old online activist who was charged with breaking into a wiring closet at MIT and making unauthorized downloads of 4M+ JSTOR articles. Continue reading MIT cracker arrested trying to download millions of JSTOR articles

Chemical Abstracts Service is being hurt by cracked usernames access

SciFinder access can be purchased on some online sites, allowing a “flood” of accesses to the American Chemical Societies’ valuable abstracts service database from illegal users. Now, CAS is crying out that its all too much, and they have to do something to stem the bleeding. The article is on the [chronicle](http://chronicle.com/article/Academic-Publisher-Steps-Up/128031/?sid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en) and interesting, good job by Jeffrey Young. But, perhaps more interesting is the great discussion in the comments. I highlight a couple of wowsers below. Continue reading Chemical Abstracts Service is being hurt by cracked usernames access

Can allowing misuse of OERs lead to greater uptake

There seems to have been a spate of activity about OER publishing and problems, the last one I wrote about being the [OYC](http://bit.ly/kXlmlc) case with Zitu Books in China. Clement Vincent writes a thoughtful [account](http://bit.ly/ijtzQN) of his own battle with a pirated version of his own scholarship. Continue reading Can allowing misuse of OERs lead to greater uptake

Chinese Apologise to Yale over misuse of eresources

I wrote [earlier](http://bit.ly/k5zjVt) about how a Chinese University had taken five Open Yale Courses translated into Mandarin, and pushed them out as a physical textbook. It was causing quite a bit of upset at Yale, anyway. Well, the Chinese publisher has now apologised. Continue reading Chinese Apologise to Yale over misuse of eresources