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Ending World War Copyright

The creative industries – and the technology companies that carry their content – may share a common customer, but little else. Where it comes to copyright law, their differences have often flared into open war. Technology companies dream of rewriting copyright law to free up content; and content creators search for ways to employ technology […]

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Copyright and the Aereo Decision

In one corner stood the leading US television broadcast companies together; and in the other opposite corner facing them alone was Aereo, a well-funded startup company that was offering paid subscribers the ability to watch broadcast television in almost-real time over their internet-connected devices. Because Aereo did not get permission from – or pay royalties to – […]

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Ed Pentz

Open Access Standard Time

For authors, publishers, institutions and research funders, Open Access mandates require clear definitions to manage publication workflows and ensure data consistency. Authors want to know what rights they retain and whether they are compliant with a given funder policy. Publishers must state precisely what the audience can – and cannot— do with the articles they […]

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Royalties For Art Resale Adds to Copyright Debate

In March, US Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ed Markey and Congressman Jerrold Nadler introduced legislation they call the American Royalties Too Act of 2014, or the ART Act, as it’s known, which would provide for a controversial resale royalty in the US art market. Painter Frank Stella has praised the effort, saying that today, any benefits derived […]

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Robert Levine To Host OnCopyright 2014

From disruptive innovation to legislative evolution, the copyright conversation is getting plenty of attention. On Wednesday, April 2nd at the New York Academy of Sciences, journalists, filmmakers and musicians join media moguls and intellectual property attorneys to share ideas on the question that’s on everyone’s mind – what’s next? Presented by Copyright Clearance Center, OnCopyright 2014 is a one-day […]

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Canada Copyright Update

When they speak about copyright law, politicians frequently cite the impact on innovation and job creation. They also use terms like “modernization” and “balancing act” to describe the goals of copyright reform. In 2012, the Canadian parliament passed The Copyright Modernization Act. Whether you supported or opposed the legislation depended on your perspective – the […]

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UK Copyright Hub Launches

Today, July 8, in partnership with a dozen leading media and copyright organizations, including Copyright Clearance Center, the UK Copyright Hub launches its first phase of an ambitious effort to leverage technology to make copyright work. “What we really looked at was copyright licensing in its broadest sense,” explains British media veteran Richard Hooper, who chairs the Copyright Hub […]

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Digital Backlist Rights Fight

2013 is a milestone year for copyright.  On January 1, US copyright law began to allow authors or their families to terminate valid contracts signed after January 1, 1978, once 35 years have elapsed.  The revolution in digital publishing that has begun to tip the balance of power from publishers to authors will likely get a […]

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Universities Face Open Access Challenge

As the demand for Open Access (OA) journals and articles increases, so has the frequency with which academic institutions are submitting payments for APCs (article processing charges) to publishers. As a result, universities face a number of challenges new to the academic community. Rob Johnson, founder of the UK-based Research Consulting, tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally what administrators should know […]

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Copyright Reform Next?

Publishers prepare to pack for London, while the Supreme Court sends John Wiley & Sons packing with a copyright-related ruling that the First Sale doctrine applies as well in Bangkok as it does in Berkley. Ahead of the London Book Fair, running from April 15-17, Publishers Weekly has a preview of attractions, including Rachel Deahl’s “London Briefcase,” detailing […]

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