May 6, 2015

Copyright

Barriers to Innovation Act Would Renew DMCA Exemptions Automatically

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) on April 16 introduced the “Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act,” a bill that would make significant changes to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which gives the Library of Congress the power to grant exemptions to DMCA’s ban on circumventing digital rights management (DRM) software, encryption, or other digital restrictions.

Barriers to Innovation Act Would Renew DMCA Exemptions Automatically

Barriers to Innovation Act Would Renew DMCA Exemptions Automatically

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) on April 16 introduced the “Breaking Down Barriers to Innovation Act,” a bill that would make significant changes to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which gives the Library of Congress the power to grant exemptions to DMCA’s ban on circumventing digital rights management (DRM) software, encryption, or other digital restrictions.

Anil Dash Keynote Rallies Librarians to Demand a Web for the People | TDS14

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In an intellectually provocative keynote speech focusing on the privatization of the Internet, Dash called upon librarians to raise their voices and demand a more transparent, public Web.

Educator Spotlight: Renee Hobbs, Director of URI’s Media Education Lab

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Supporting digital literacy, lobbying for fair use, taking on media propaganda. It’s all in a day’s work for Renee Hobbs, director of the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island.

Department of Commerce Seeks Input on Digital First Sale

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In advance of a public meeting scheduled for December 12 in Washington D.C., the U.S. Department of Commerce is seeking public comment from all interested stakeholders on the issue of first sale doctrine and digital files, including ebooks. Comments are due on or before November 13.

When Pigs Fly

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Anyone who has ever worked at the sprawling empire known as the University of California knows that getting anything done across the diversity of 10 “separate and not so equal” campuses can be…uh…difficult. That is why when I heard the news today that the University Faculty Senate had mandated that all “future research articles authored […]

Swets Launches Open Access Payment Management Service

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Global information services company Swets this month launched a new service to help academic libraries pay and manage article processing charges (APC) on an institutional scale. The move comes in response to a sharp increase in fee-based open access publishing in the United Kingdom.

DCWG Shifts Focus as Ebook Landscape Evolves | ALA 2013

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All of the Big Six publishers are now working with libraries on ebook lending in some capacity, but pricing and licensing terms remain unfavorable in many cases, Saturday’s “ALA, Ebooks, and Digital Content: What’s Next?” panel at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago concluded. Meanwhile, concerns about long-term preservation of ebooks and […]

AcademicPub Course Packs to Add Library Licensing

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AcademicPub launched “Off The Shelf,” a new component of its Custom College Plus course pack publishing solution that will help institutions maximize the value of their existing licensing arrangements with journals, databases, and other content providers.

Q&A: Dan Cohen on His Role as the Founding Executive Director of DPLA

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The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) last week appointed Dan Cohen as its founding Executive Director. LJ caught up with him to discuss his work as Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, and his plans for DPLA.