Publishers vs ResearchGate: an academic’s view

Posted in Legal issues, Research on October 10th, 2017 by steve

International“Cast your mind back 20 years, to 1997. Tony Blair had just entered Downing Street and in the music industry CDs dominated and the A&R guy was king. Within a few short years, the internet had changed the music industry forever, through the music sharing site Napster …” (more)

[Billy Hunter, Times Higher Education, 10 October]

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Publishers seek removal of millions of papers from ResearchGate

Posted in Legal issues, Research on October 5th, 2017 by steve

International“Leading publishers are stepping up their fight against ResearchGate by ordering the academic social network to take down papers that they say infringe copyright. The move could see millions of articles removed from the site, as the publishers say up to 40% of papers on ResearchGate are copyrighted …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 5 October]

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Academics ‘could have to pay to quote’ under EU committee’s plan

Posted in Legal issues on September 21st, 2017 by steve

“European science organisations have raised the alarm over a European Union committee’s proposal that could force academics to pay or seek permission when quoting from colleagues’ work. The warning is a sign that researchers are getting caught up in the copyright battles ongoing between the European Union and US tech giants such as Google …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 21 September]

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Hey student! Turn those lecture notes into cash!

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on February 7th, 2017 by steve

“I wrote here recently about the companies exploiting students and profiteering from helping them cheat. In similar vein there seems to have been a significant growth in websites which enable students to sell lecture notes to their fellow students …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Registrarism, 7 February]

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Amending competition and copyright law to enable open access to universities’ research

Posted in Legal issues, Research on November 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“John Naughton began a classic column, on the world of university research being held to ransom by academic publishers charging exorbitant prices for subscriptions, by quoting Sir Patrick Cullen’s observation in George Bernard Shaw’s play The Doctor’s Dilemma that ‘All professions are conspiracies against the laity’. Then he continued …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 11 November]

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The Copyright and Related Rights (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016 is announced

Posted in Legal issues on August 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Speaking at the National Council for the Blind of Ireland, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms Mary Mitchell-O’Connor TD, today announced the long-promised Government approval for the drafting of a General Scheme of Bill entitled the Copyright and Related Rights (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016 …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 4 August]

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New report on perceptions of IP policies in higher education

Posted in Legal issues on August 2nd, 2016 by steve

UK“Last week I was invited to the launch of a new report by the Intellectual Property Awareness Network (IPAN). I first heard about IPAN in the context of the report they did a few years ago with the NUS on students attitudes towards copyright and IP. This new report again done in conjunction with the NUS, surveyed around 2800 students and 250 academic staff in UK higher education on their understanding, knowledge and perception of IP policies and it’s impact on their practice (the group were keen to point out …” (more)

[Jane Secker, UK Copyright Literacy, 1 August]

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Social Science Research Network confusion leads to calls for boycott

Posted in Legal issues, Research on July 19th, 2016 by steve

USA“A staff error is the reason why several articles were deleted without notice from the Social Science Research Network, but some users are threatening to boycott the popular repository anyway. The confusion began last week …” (more)

[Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed, 19 July]

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Copyright reform comes a little closer in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Further to my post on the Brief to the incoming Minister for Education, I note this morning that a similar Brief to the incoming Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has been published on that Department’s website. Under the heading ‘immediate priorities in the months ahead’ (section 1.3, p5) I was delighted to see the following …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 23 May]

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Researchers Are Pushing Back Against Elsevier’s Open-Access Publishing Fees

Posted in Research on January 26th, 2016 by steve

USA“Imagine you’ve spent the last few years writing a manuscript. You submit it to a publisher, and they make you an offer: They’ll print it, but once it’s published, they own your work. They’ll sell it to people who want to read it, but you won’t see any of the profits …” (more)

[Jane Hu, The Atlantic, 26 January]

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Copyright laws ‘mean EU risks falling behind on data mining research’

Posted in Legal issues, Research on September 8th, 2015 by steve

EU“Academics in countries adopting a permissive attitude under copyright law to data mining are three times more likely to publish research based on the technique than colleagues in countries with a more restrictive approach …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 8 September]

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Top universities dismayed over ‘weak’ copyright reform

Posted in Legal issues, Research on June 22nd, 2015 by steve

EU“The League of European Research Universities, LERU, has attacked a European Parliament committee for weakening a copyright reform statement, which had earlier clarified academics’ rights to data-mine and publish extracts from copyright protected material …” (more)

[Keith Nuthall, University World News, 18 June]

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Elsevier acts against research article pirate sites and claims irreparable harm

Posted in Legal issues, Research on June 16th, 2015 by steve

International“The academic publisher Elsevier last week filed a complaint against two web sites who it accuses of pirating its academic articles and other publications and offering them up to the world for free …” (more)

[David Glance, The Conversation, 15 June]

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Universities (Development and Innovation) (Amendment) Bill 2015 – IV – Staff, Pensions, Innovation and IP

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“This is the fourth and final post in a series on Senator Seán Barrett’s Private Members’ Bill, the Universities (Development and Innovation) (Amendment) Bill 2015, which was discussed last week in the Seanad (earlier posts are here, here and here) …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 6 February]

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The Ridiculous Phrases That Universities Have Trademarked

Posted in Legal issues on March 11th, 2014 by steve

“What do the following phrases or sayings have in common?: first-year experience; fast-track MBA; be the difference; cure violence; student life; …” (more)

[Huffington Post, 11 March]

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MOOCs: Use of course content

Posted in Legal issues on January 29th, 2014 by steve

“In the second of our series of posts on MOOCs, Greg Gibson and Paul Knight highlight a couple of the key issues that course providers need to consider relating to course content …” (more)

[Mills & Reeve Education Law Blog, 29 January]

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The End of an Era for Academia.edu and Other Academic Networks?

Posted in Legal issues on December 11th, 2013 by steve

“The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Elsevier has issued a sweeping series of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take down notices regarding Elsevier-published content to Academia.edu …” (more)

[Michael Clarke, The Scholarly Kitchen, 11 December]

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Posting Your Latest Article? You Might Have to Take It Down

Posted in Research on December 7th, 2013 by steve

“Guy Leonard received an unpleasant surprise in his inbox early this morning: a notice from Academia.edu saying it had taken down a copy of an article of his that he’d posted on the research-sharing platform. The reason? A takedown request from Elsevier, which publishes the journal in which the paper had appeared …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education, 6 December]

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Expert committee calls for establishment of copyright council

Posted in Legal issues on October 29th, 2013 by steve

“An expert committee has called on the Government to set up a statutory copyright council to protect copyright and said specialist courts should be established for intellectual property claims …” (more)

[Arthur Beesley, Irish Times, 29 October]

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Free Sherlock Holmes: the Copyright Battle of Baker Street

Posted in Legal issues on September 30th, 2013 by steve

“… Who owns Sherlock Holmes, the world’s greatest detective? Is it the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Or the mysterious socialite Andrea Plunkett? Or does Sherlock Holmes belong to the public? This is the question currently being debated in copyright litigation in the United States courts, raising larger questions about copyright law and the public domain …” (more)

[Matthew Rimmer, The Conversation, 29 September]

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