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.)…

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…

Revolutionaries

Since we’re almost at the holiday that recognizes the U.S. Declaration of Independence, today seems an appropriate time to voice some rebellious thoughts. I often spend time in talks and conversations trying to shift libraryfolk away from a compliance/risk-management mindset, and towards a risk-tolerant/risk-embracing mindset. For example, I often try…

Librarian’s Copyright Litany, Take 2

I got some great input, both here on the blog and elsewhere, on the Librarian’s Copyright Litany. Here’s a revised version. The Librarian’s Copyright Litany Remembering that copyright’s constitutional purpose is to stimulate creation for the benefit of the public; and recognizing that in its current formulation (and many possible…

Librarian’s Copyright Litany (updated)

UPDATE: revised version now available Exploring some exhortatory language to counter the message I encounter from many librarians that copyright is an area where our primary concern should be “compliance”. I don’t think this is a finished version – very much welcome your input/suggestions/feedback. Inspired by Lessig’s “Certificate of Entitlement”…

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