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Fri, 01 Apr 2016 14:17:55 +0000
My first thought when I read the new ruling in the Georgia State copyright lawsuit brought by publishers over e-reserves was of one of those informal rules that all law students learn — don’t tick off your judge. From the first days of the original trial, the arrogant antics of the attorneys representing the publisher plaintiffs — … Continue reading Here we go again: latest GSU ruling an odd victory for libraries
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Tue, 22 Mar 2016 15:20:16 +0000
Since it was announced that I will move shortly to the University of Kansas, several people have asked me if I intend to continue blogging, and have kindly encouraged me to do so. This blog, of course, will remain one of the communication outlets for the Scholarly Communications program at Duke, and my Duke colleagues … Continue reading Moving into the open
Thu, 03 Mar 2016 11:48:17 +0000
Radical, as I like to remind folks, means to get to the root of an issue (same derivation as radish). So when I say I am offering some radical thoughts about Sci-Hub and the controversy it has generated, I mean that I hope to use the discussion to ask some very basic, “at the roots,” … Continue reading Some radical thoughts about Sci-Hub
Mon, 29 Feb 2016 16:55:43 +0000
It is safe to say that President Obama’s nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to be the next Librarian of Congress drew rave reviews from the library community. Most Librarians of Congress have been researchers and academics rather than professional librarians. That tradition has worked well over the years, but times are changing quickly for … Continue reading Prognosticating about the new LoC
Wed, 17 Feb 2016 19:04:13 +0000
The last time I wrote about the lawsuit and subsequent ruling over the copyright status of “Happy Birthday To You,” I was trying to clarify that, in spite of media reports, the court had not declared “Happy Birthday” to be in the public domain; it merely said that Warner Chappell music was not able to … Continue reading Backing into the public domain
Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:14:09 +0000
Last week I was researching a copyright and fair use issue for a faculty member, and needed to see a copy of a book held by Duke’s Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library. As I explained the issue and what material I wanted to use to the Rubenstein staff, a researcher sitting nearby listened intently. … Continue reading Steal this book?
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 21:08:05 +0000
[ Note: Many readers of this blog have probably heard by now that Kevin Smith, who has been the primary author here, will soon be leaving Duke to be the Dean of Libraries at the University of Kansas. We do intend to keep the blog going, and to continue to address the same issues you’ve … Continue reading Should you #DeleteAcademiaEdu?
Wed, 06 Jan 2016 23:51:22 +0000
When my colleagues Anne Gilliland and Lisa Macklin and I released our first Coursera MOOC about copyright, called Copyright for Educators and Librarians, we were very pleased with the reaction. Although our enrollment for that first MOOC was, at just over 10,000 participants, rather low by MOOC standards, we had a higher than normal percentage … Continue reading Copyright MOOCs, new and refreshed
Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:15:46 +0000
A guest post by Will Cross, Director of Copyright and Digital Scholarship at North Carolina State University As the semester winds down most normal people are sweating through final projects, scheduling visits with family and friends, or looking forward to a well-deserved holiday break by the fire (or at least the warming glow of the … Continue reading Rebels in the Campus Bookstore
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 18:25:29 +0000
In was warm here in North Carolina over the Thanksgiving holiday, and, like many of our neighbors, we left our doors open during the day to enjoy the pleasant breeze. The downside, however, was that while watching a football game on Sunday, I found myself swatting ineffectively at several small insects that found their way … Continue reading Swatting three bugs at once