GET IT IN WRITING: On Elsevier’s Revised Sharing/Hosting Policies

Elsevier, a major academic publisher, announced new policies yesterday articulating how they are comfortable with authors sharing their articles online. A number of other folks have already reviewed these policy documents, though few have offered a full commentary or interpretation (perhaps because there are just so many moving pieces here.)…

Where copyrights come from (part I) – Copyediting does -not- create a new copyright

In US law, copyright magically comes into existence when someone creates an original work of authorship. The copyright is actually based in the original expression contained in the work, not whether there was effort involved in the work’s creation. So for the specific arrangement of words (+/- images) that make…

Copyright historians: The “Happy Birthday” class action suit and “proving” public domain status

Earlier this week, some filmmakers filed a class action suit that attempts to establish as fact that the song “Happy Birthday to You” is in the public domain – and has been for many years. The suit is a class action on behalf of everyone who has paid licensing…

On turning down a job

Fairly recently, I was approached by a graduate professional program to teach a short, for-credit, winter-term course on copyright. I was really excited by the opportunity – I mostly lead one-shot sessions, and I was looking forward to getting into more depth with a group of students. I’d started planning…

What every researcher should know about copyright

This is a cross-post with the Research @ the U of M blog – so some of the info here is specific to the University of Minnesota. This could have been a “Frequently Asked Questions” list – except that the questions I am most frequently asked by researchers usually have…

Academic publishing is full of problems; lets get them right.

I can’t quite tell whether this piece from The Atlantic is meant to be editorial or news (it’s okay if it’s both, or neither – I’m not picky about traditional delineations like that.) It’s pretty opinion-y, and it’s an opinion that I very much share – academic publishing has some…

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