TCDSU to Create Hybrid-Learning Policy with Postgrads and IFUT

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on December 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) council has voted to work with postgraduate students and the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) to create a policy which would require all lectures to be recorded. The motion will mandate the three groups to ‘find a solution for handing over copyright of recorded lectures to lecturers’ … (more)

[Mairead Maguire, University Times, 30 November]

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Rights Retention, Open Access and Learned Society Publishing

Posted in Legal issues, Research on May 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The April 2021 issue of Physics World arrived this morning after the usual month in the post to Ireland. I don’t know why it takes so long. My copy of Private Eye usually takes just a couple of days. Anyway, there is an interview in the latest issue with Steve Hall, the former Managing Director of IOP Publishing who stepped down last month …” (more)

[In the Dark, 4 May]

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Will the pandemic force universities to address the challenges of copyright?

Posted in Legal issues on June 16th, 2020 by steve

“Higher education policies related to copyright and teaching have rarely been given much management attention in UK universities. There is still considerable uncertainty about what material can legally be included in online courses, and many institutions struggle to communicate the complex world of copyright and licensing to their staff and students …” (more)

[Chris Morrison and Jane Secker, Wonkhe, 16 June]


Coronavirus and copyright – or, the copyright concerns of the widespread move to online instruction

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on March 15th, 2020 by steve

“I work in Trinity College Dublin, which announced on Tuesday that education would be delivered online from next Monday. The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education has put together a very useful spreadsheet of links to useful online teaching resources. But, in our race to go online in time to deliver classes to our students, we must not forget that copyright law continues to apply …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 15 March]

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Copyright – Time to get it right

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on June 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last week I posted about ‘Copyright and Third Party Data’ – there is a heightened awareness about re-using data that is not your own and that is publicly available. I will strive to acknowledge all sources of data that I use in my classes and try as far as is possible to use only data that I have permission to do so …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 11 June]


Publishers Escalate Legal Battle Against ResearchGate

Posted in Legal issues on October 4th, 2018 by steve

“ResearchGate, a popular for-profit academic social network that makes it easy to find and download research papers, is facing increasing pressure from publishers to change the way it operates. On Tuesday, the American Chemical Society and Elsevier, two large academic publishers, launched a second legal battle against the Berlin-based social networking site – this time not in Europe, but in the US …” (more)

[Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 4 October]

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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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