Archive for April, 2008

Association of University Presses Supports Lawsuit Against University

Monday, April 21st, 2008

The American Association of University Presses issued a press release in support of  a lawsuit filed in April.  The association’s press release states that faculty and universities sometimes blatently distribute large portions of books and journals electronically without permission.  These actions cause significant problems for non-profit presses, which depend on this income.

University Sued by Publishers over Copyright Violations

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

A New York Times article reports today that Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Sage Publications, with the backing of the Association of American Publishers, filed a complaint this week alleging “systematic, widespread and unauthorized copying and distribution of a vast amount of copyrighted works” by Georgia State University through digital course packs, course management systems and other online systems. 

The suit asks Georgia State University to bring an end to their practices but is not asking for monetary damages.

New Model Publishing License Reflects Changes in Copyright Assignment

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

BioOne has worked closely for more than a year with a team of lawyers to create a new type of license allowing authors to retain copyright while granting publishers a time-limited exclusive right of first publication and a perpetual, non-exclusive license to publish, distribute, and sublicense.

In response to NIH’s Public Access Policy and other institutional and subject repository deposit mandates, the license allows authors to deposit their work in digital repositories directly.

This license will be used by BioOne publications but is being offered to the academic publishing community as a model license in the current environment.  BioOne provides resources to academic publishers looking to use this new model license.

NPR’s “Science Friday” to Discuss NIH Public Access Mandate

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

On this Friday’s National Public Radio show “Science Friday”, host Ira Flatow will interview former National Institutes of Health Director Harold Varmus to discuss the NIH Public Access Policy which went into effect this week.  Varmus is a founder of the Public Library of Science and a proponent of open access to research

Update to IRB Policy Makes Research Involving Public Use Data Files Easier

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

The UCLA IRB Policy 42 allows for registration of public use datasets and publicly available data depositories to eliminate the need for obtaining a Certification for Exemption of Review.

This means that any data available from the following pre-approved public use data sets can now be freely used with no paperwork or certifications required:

  • U.S. Bureau of the Census
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
  • National Center for Health Statistics
  • National Center for Educational Statistics
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • National Election Studies
  • UCLA Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) Data Archive
  • The ISSR Data Archive<> will assist in getting other public use data sets registered; please send your suggestions or requests for further information to Libbie Stephenson, Archivist (  Check out the IRB Policy 42 periodically as more data sets may soon be registered.

    Report Published on Recommended Changes to Copyright

    Thursday, April 10th, 2008

    Due to copyright law not changing at the pace of the new digital environment, the Section 108 Study Group recently issued their full report recommending changes to the law to reflect changes in tehnologies such as a digital preservation, online sharing and websiet archiving.  The Library of Congress convened the Section 108 Study Group, comprised of academics, librarians and publishers, in 2005 to evaluate Section 108, the law governing copyright exceptions in libraries.