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Innovations in Global Rights Licensing

As traditional sales channels have declined in the digital era, publishers and other content providers have moved to market and distribute their work in innovative and flexible ways. Success in this new environment relies on automated licensing tools that support scalable, hassle-free licensing and permissions in new formats, territories, languages and much more. For a […]

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Recycle, Remix, Resell

From the title, you might think we attended an environmental conference for a session looking at waste management as a strategy to drive incremental profitability. Instead, the program was a part of CONTEC 2014, held just before the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair. How can publishers efficiently and affordably monetize their backlist content?  What […]

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Open Access: Who Holds the Power?

Frankfurt is the birthplace of book fairs, and of sturm und drang –  or at least, it is the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, born in Frankfurt in 1749. Goethe embodied German Romanticism, which enobled sturm und drang – storm and stress – as the iron-hard forge of human character. In 2014, sturm und […]

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Knowledge Governance Calls For Information Balance

Across the globe, politicians and pundits trumpet the knowledge economy, but few have ever bothered to examine with any rigor the success-to-failure ratio of national and international intellectual property law and regulations. Arguing that private and public interests are critically out of balance, Leonardo Burlamaqui advocates for a shakeout in the knowledge industries and creation […]

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Copyright Answers In Your Pocket

If you’re confused about copyright, then you’re beginning to understand the problem. Yet when facing a thorny question on ownership, rights, licenses and enforcement, the answers now fit in a back pocket. From the basics of copyright protection to the challenges of the digital environment, the Pocket Copyright Guide for Publishers has 122 concise and […]

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Best of BTB: 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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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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