Archive for the ‘Author’s Rights’ Category

UCLA Faculty Sign Elsevier Pledge

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Several UCLA faculty have signed The Cost of Knowledge, a pledge not to support any journal published by Reed Elsevier unless the company changes its academic publishing practices.  As of this morning, more than 4,400 people have signed the pledge.

The pledge grew out of a blog post by Timothy Gowers, a Fields Medal-winning mathematician at the University of Cambridge. In that post, he stated that he would not submit or referee papers for any Elsevier journals or serve on any of its editorial boards until the company changed its practices of charging high prices, bundling titles, being difficult to negotiate price with, and supporting legislation like SOPA and the Research Works Act.

UCLA mathematician Terence Tao commented on the pledge on his blog.

Conversation for Faculty with Intellectual Property Expert on Nov. 8

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Peter Jaszi, law professor and director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic at American University’s Washington College of Law, will give a talk for faculty on Tuesday, November 8, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.  An experienced copyright litigator, he is widely recognized as an advocate for the public interest in intellectual property law.

Admission is free. Send an email to receive confirmation of the location in the Research Library.

New Faculty Survey on Scholarly Communication

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

A recent survey of faculty at the University of Toronto assessed their awareness, attitudes, and practices when it comes to scholarly communication.  Results are compared with a 2007 survey of UC faculty.

Summary of Second-Round Comments in Google Book Settlement

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Last November, Google and its partners proposed revisions to the original Google Book settlement to the federal judge overseeing the deal; the revisions were intended to addressed criticisms raised by the U.S. Department of Justice and others opposing the agreement.

An open period for public comments recently concluded, and the Department of Justice has also commented on the revisions.  The Association of Research Libraries has released a summary of these comments, which is available online.

Judge Denny Chinl held the final fairness hearing on February 18, 2010, but he has not yet announced his ruling.

Oberlin Faculty Pass Open-Access Resolution

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

The faculty at Oberlin College have passed a resolution to create an open-access depository.  Passed by a unanimous vote, the resolution gives the college permission to deposit the text of articles written by faculty members for peer-reviewed journals in Oberlin’s institutional repository.  Further information is available in the Oberlin press release.

Dec. 3 Library Workshop for Faculty on Keeping Your Copyright

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

The UCLA Library will present the faculty workshop “Don’t I Own My Own Work?”: Negotiating to Keep Your Copyright on Thursday, December 3.  Find out how to read author agreements and learn strategies for negotiating agreements that protect your rights to your intellectual property and educational re-use rights.

Admission is free, but space is limited, and advance registration is required.

Revisions Proposed to Google Book Settlement

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Google and its partners have proposed revisions to the original Google Book settlement to the federal judge overseeing the deal.  The judge is now expected to schedule a hearing at which arguments for and against the revised settlement can be heard.

U.S. Justice Dept. Investigates Google Book Settlement

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the antitrust implications of the Google Book settlement with authors.  Further details are available in a New York Times article.

 Separately, the judge overseeing the settlement has extended the deadline for authors to opt out of the agreement until September 4, 2009.  This gives authors and copyright holders more time to review the settlement and decide whether to participate.

Study Shows Authors Have More Rights Than They Think

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

A recent study released by the Publishing Research Consortium shows that publishers allow authors to do more than authors think with their own articles. The paper examines the results of two major surveys to provide an analysis of what authors say they want, what they think their agreements allow, and what publishers’ agreements actually allow.

Analysis of Publishers’ Agreements Meant To Help Authors Make Informed Decisions

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Ben Grillot researched 12 publishers’ agreements to determine how well they meet the requirements of the NIH Public Access Policy which allows for NIH-funded research to be deposited in PubMed Central and made publicly available after 12 months.

The Association of Research Libraries published his results in “PubMed Central Deposit and Author Rights: Agreements between 12 Publishers and the Authors Subject to the NIH Public Access Policy”.

The press release states: “Grillot concludes that the significant variability in publisher agreements requires authors with NIH funding to closely examine publisher agreements and the rights granted and retained when deciding where to publish their research. His analysis of these 12 agreements will help authors determine what to look for in an agreement and what questions to ask before signing”.