Archive for November, 2013

Judge Supports Fair Use in Google Books Ruling

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin has issued a ruling that comprehensively supports Google’s use of U.S. copyright law’s fair use doctrine in the Google Books Project.  The ruling dismisses a suit brought by the Authors Guild that alleged copyright infringement. The judge’s ruling focused on the public benefits of the project and the absence of economic harm to the plaintiffs.

UC Open Access Policy Takes Effect for UCLA Faculty Today

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The new systemwide UC Open Access Policy takes effect for UCLA faculty starting today, November 1, 2013.  As UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott L. Waugh noted in an October 8 announcement, the policy “allows faculty members to maintain legal control over their research articles while making their work much more widely available to the public.”

This policy places the UC system in the company of more than 175 prestigious colleges and universities across the country, though we’re the largest to date. It does not require publication in open access journals or the payment of publication fees; instead, it commits faculty to making a version of each journal article published on or after November 1, 2013, available publicly in an open access repository, such as UC’s own eScholarship repository or a subject repository.

The UCLA Library is working with the Academic Senate to make implementation as easy as possible for UCLA faculty. More information is available on the Library’s web page about the policy, and questions and requests for assistance can be emailed to oa@library.ucla.edu.