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Freelancers Receive $9 Million in Copyright Suit – Took 17 years to settle

It Took 17 Years: Freelancers Receive $9 Million in Copyright Suit – “The Authors Guild filed the suit — along with the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Writers Union and 21 freelance writers named as class representatives — in 2001 after publishers licensed articles by freelancersto the electronic database Lexis/Nexis and other digital indexers without getting the writers’ approval. The publishers include The New York Times, Dow Jones, and Knight Ridder, as well as Reed Elsevier, the provider of Lexis/Nexis…“The argument that we made was the writers got paid for one-time use” said Mr. Gleick, who worked as a reporter and editor for The Times for 10 years. “We sued The Times because they sold copyrighted work by not just their staff, but also freelance writers. And the correct thing to do would have been to ask the freelance writers for permission and then pay the writers.” …Despite the 17-year wait, the freelancers who were part of the lawsuit may consider themselves lucky. Since the case went to court, it has become common practice for publishers to own the digital rights of the articles they publish…”

LC Copyright Modernization Office is Open

“The Copyright Office strives to provide high-quality services to its users. Therefore, the Office must develop an innovative and robust technological infrastructure that will provide these services in a streamlined, efficient, and cost-effective manner. IT modernization has been a top priority since 2011, beginning with a detailed analysis and review of the Office’s systems. The… Continue Reading

The CD is Dead? Sure hope not!

Salon: The CD is dead? Not so fast: “Last week, Billboard dropped a two-part music retail bombshell. First, Target is reportedly looking to overhaul its financial arrangement with its music and video vendors. Basically, the shopping giant only wants to pay labels for what product stores actually sell, instead of buying inventory up front and… Continue Reading

Sci-Hub Loses Domains and Access to Some Web Services

The Scientist: A few months after the American Chemical Society won its lawsuit against the pirate site, the game of virtual whack-a-mole continues. “Last November, the American Chemical Society (ACS) won its lawsuit against Sci-Hub, a popular pirate site for academic papers. Since then, a number of Sci-Hub’s domains have been suspended, and earlier this… Continue Reading

Federal Judge Says Embedding a Tweet Can Be Copyright Infringement

EFF: “Rejecting years of settled precedent, a federal court in New York has ruled [PDF] that you could infringe copyright simply by embedding a tweet in a web page. Even worse, the logic of the ruling applies to all in-line linking, not just embedding tweets. If adopted by other courts, this legally and technically misguided… Continue Reading

Free to Use and Reuse: Making Public Domain and Rights-Clear Content Easier to Find

The Library of Congress: “One of our biggest challenges is letting you know about all of the content available at loc.gov. Another challenge we have is letting you know what you can do with it (in a nice way). We are working on several fronts to improve the visibility of public domain and rights-clear content.… Continue Reading

Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing

“The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) are scholarly organisations that have seen an increase in the number, and broad range in the quality, of membership applications. Our organisations have collaborated to identify principles… Continue Reading

Liability for Providing Hyperlinks to Copyright-Infringing Content: International and Comparative Law Perspectives

Ginsburg, Jane C. and Budiardjo, Luke, Liability for Providing Hyperlinks to Copyright-Infringing Content: International and Comparative Law Perspectives (November 3, 2017). Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 14-563. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3068786 “Hyperlinking, at once an essential means of navigating the Internet, but also a frequent means to enable infringement of copyright, challenges courts to… Continue Reading

WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights Thirty-Fifth Session

“Nobody among members of the World Intellectual Property Organization disputes the importance of the public services provided by libraries and archives. However, positions are different when it comes to providing exceptions to copyright to those entities so they can continue to dispense their services, in particular in the digital age. An updated study presented in… Continue Reading

Returning Authors’ Rights: The Authors Alliance/Creative Commons Termination of Transfer Tool

“Welcome to the Authors Alliance/Creative Commons Termination of Transfer tool. This page explains what termination of transfer is all about and what this tool does. Termination of transfers: Get rights back! Creators of all kinds routinely transfer rights to their works (by signing publication contracts that assign copyright to their publishers, for example). While many… Continue Reading

Publishers seek removal of millions of papers from ResearchGate

Academic social network accused of infringing copyright on a massive scale: “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 per cent… Continue Reading

Public Knowledge Calls for Court to Protect Rights to Access the Law

“Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in the case ASTM v. Public Resource. The case concerns Public Resource’s copying of model building codes and educational testing codes, which had been enacted into federal law and regulations. The standards organizations sued Public Resource for copyright infringement based on the copying of those legally-enforceable codes. The… Continue Reading