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.)…

And I thought “Can We Scan This?” was a hard question…

We have some really amazing and interesting things in our Archives and Special Collections; when we have some funds available, there’re always things we want to digitize for preservation purposes, and for public sharing. Unfortunately, copyright is often a huge barrier to scanning things and making them available to the…

Contracts & Copyright (II) – Limits Beyond the Law

In yesterday’s post, I laid out some basic principles of copyright and contract law, and started to outline some of the complicated implications of them. Here’s an expansion on one of those areas: contracts can prevent you from doing things that copyright would normally allow you to do Edison Eula…

Contracts & Copyright

This post is spurred by a number of conversations I’ve had recently with close friends and more distant acquaintances, about use and/or publication of archival materials, and materials from subscription databases. Rick Anderson’s thoughtful “Asserting Rights We Don’t Have” post, which was published in the midst of these discussions, was…

Where copyrights come from (part I) – Copyediting does -not- create a new copyright

In US law, copyright magically comes into existence when someone creates an original work of authorship. The copyright is actually based in the original expression contained in the work, not whether there was effort involved in the work’s creation. So for the specific arrangement of words (+/- images) that make…

Copyright in Your Personal Life

This post is based on a talk I gave/conversation I had today at the “Enhancing Quality Staff” symposium. I love this symposium, because I get to wander away from academic copyright issues, and there’s always a ton of cool people who want to wander with me! This time, the session…

Friday Fun: Facts, Expression, and Illustrations

There’s a blank calendar grid on the wall outside my office. It’s not there for scheduling.If you can’t read it, the text printed at the very bottom of the calendar grid says “Copyright © 1997 Houghton Mifflin Company. All Rights Reserved.” The annotations in red marker (“HA HA HA HA…

Music, musicians, music fans, ownership, legitimacy…

(re-posted from previous links-roundup post) There is so much to say about all this, but it’s kind of all been said already. Here’s a few of the things I’ve been reading in preparation for talking about it on MPR this morning. MPR’s other station, The Current, has some good, concrete coverage…

What every researcher should know about copyright

This is a cross-post with the Research @ the U of M blog – so some of the info here is specific to the University of Minnesota. This could have been a “Frequently Asked Questions” list – except that the questions I am most frequently asked by researchers usually have…

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