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Picture Perfect Fair Use?

When is a photograph not a photograph?  When it is a work of art by Richard Prince, a master of rephotography and other appropriation practices.  Riddles that puzzle over ownership and originality have preoccupied Richard Prince for four decades.  Those same riddles, as expressed in his paintings and photographs, have made Prince an enormously well-regarded […]

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Overcoming OA Workflow Challenges

From manuscript submission to publication and beyond, the virtues of a seamless workflow are many. In a recent webinar, Copyright Clearance Center welcomed Josh Dahl of ScholarOne, the highly-regarded peer-review and online submission platform for scholarly publishers from Thomson Reuters, to discuss best practices for comprehensive information gathering and workflow management. “When it comes to […]

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Content, Copyright & (Global) Commerce

Across the world of publishing, change is underway. Book publishing and distribution are fundamentally different than even a few years ago – and opportunity at a global scale is available to all sizes of publishers. With a combination of digitally-driven print-on-demand and e-commerce services, as well as innovation in shipping and delivery, publishers are reaching […]

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Open Access Market Report

For scholarly publishing, the future is wide open. Across a wide range of journals and houses, Open Access business models have grown common in recent years. Heated debate on the merits of OA has cooled, while publishers accepted the inevitability of choosing “green” or “gold” roads for the journey ahead. In April, Outsell – a […]

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What’s Next For OA?

Open Access publishing models are a business reality in 2015 for an ever-growing number of scientific and scholarly publishers. Article Processing Charges (APCs) are making OA possible, but the revolutionary changes propelled by Open Access business models touch every aspect of publishing. New customers. New operations. New compliance requirements. New problems. The OA Challenge in […]

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The Copyright Conundrum

Publishing today confronts a paradox: The digital revolution has transformed the act of copying from complicated to commonplace; yet authors and publishers must rely upon copyright – essentially, control over copy-making and distribution of their works – as the essential basis for conducting business. An industry built upon creativity, inspiration and innovation now stands accused […]

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On Double Duty: Open Standards & Open Access

In laboratories and universities, Open Access can make for a two-headed menace.  Funding mandates for publishers and authors that require Open Access policies feed one head of this double dragon. Compliance reporting obligations for institutions feed the other. “We can minimize these problems and overcome many of these issues by identifying and describing our shared data […]

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Rights On The Money

In the book world, the shoeboxes are legendary. They are where so many authors’ contracts and other legal instruments often ended up – an ad hoc filing system that worked reliably well, at least in the days before digital. Rights and permissions staff long struggled with cast-off cartons because they had little choice. Other areas […]

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Making Open Access Work

For scholarly and scientific publishing, business models are shifting and changing dramatically. Research funding organizations primarily in the UK and US, but elsewhere in Europe and Asia as well, increasingly require unfettered access for the public to the research they have funded in academic laboratories. Failure to comply with such mandates puts future funding at […]

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The Global Licensing Landscape

At last week’s Buying & Selling Content 2015, attendees heard presenters from start-ups, international marketing agencies and leading publishers enumerate the new rules of buying and selling content. From data licensing and copyright to mobile, apps, and SaaS platforms, the conference – organized by SIIA, the Software & Information Industry Association – addressed a range of […]

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