Archive for the ‘Copyright’ Category

Judge Rules for UCLA Twice in Video Streaming Case

Monday, November 26th, 2012

For the second time in just over a year, a federal judge has ruled in favor of UCLA in a copyright case involving video streaming for instructional purposes.

In October 2011 Judge Consuelo B. Marshall with the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles dismissed a lawsuit brought by Ambrose Video Publishing Inc. and the Association for Information Media and Equipment, which alleged that UCLA violated copyright by streaming DVDs of performances of Shakespeare’s plays. She allowed the plaintiffs to file an amended complaint but ruled against that as well; her second ruling was issued on November 20.

Google and Publishers’ Association Reach Settlement

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Google and the Association of American Publishers have reached an agreement in their dispute about the Google Library Project.  The agreement settles a copyright infringement lawsuit and does not require the approval of the court. The settlement allows the publishers to make their books and journals available via the project or to remove them.

This settlement does not affect the litigation between Google and the Authors Guild.

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.

Dec. 2 Workshop on Using Copyrighted Material in the Classroom

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Do you provide copies of entire articles to students in your classroom or course Web site? Do you post materials on your course management system or use your CMS or Web site as a virtual classroom? Simply because the content is for educational purposes does not mean that you can copy and distribute it without considering whether that is consistent with the U.S. Copyright Act.

Come to this free workshop for UCLA faculty to learn from campus legal and copyright experts how to provide the best experiences for your students without violating copyright.  Advance registration is required.

Free Screening of “Copyright Criminals”

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Can you own a sound? This 2009 documentary examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including related debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and money. Copyright Criminals features many of hip-hop music’s founding figures, including Public Enemy, De La Soul, and Digital Underground, as well as emerging artists. The film is by Benjamin Franzen, an Atlanta-based photographer and video producer, and Kembrew McLeod, an independent documentary filmmaker and associate professor of communication studies at the University of Iowa.

The screening is on Thursday, October 21, at 6 p.m. in the Charles E. Young Research Library Presentation Room.  Admission is free, and seating is unreserved.

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.

New Coalition Formed Against Google Book Search Settlement

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Open Book Alliance, a coalition of legal scholars, authors, publishers, librarians and technology companies has formed to ensure that, “any mass book digitization and publishing effort be open and competitive” and to oppose the Google Book Search Copyright Class Action Settlement in its current form.

The Open Book Alliance, which includes, Yahoo!, Special Libraries Association, Microsoft, American Society of Journalists and Authors, and Internet Archive, see the settlement as a “scheme to monopolize the access, distribution and pricing of the largest digital database of books in the world.”

New Online Tools for Evaluating Fair Use Status

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Two new online tools are available to help authors and instructors evaluate the fair use status of material they want to use in publishing or teaching:  the Fair Use Evaluator and Exemptions for Instructors tool. Both are provided free of charge by the American Library Association.

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.