Archive for copyright

Play It Again, Professor

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 17 October 2010 by Steve

“… Mr Boon argues that originality is more complicated than it seems, and that imitation may be the sincerest form of being human. He writes: ‘I came to recognize that many of the boundaries we have set up between activities we call “copying” and those we call “not copying” are false, and that, objectively, phenomena that involve copying are everywhere around us …'” (more)

[Tom Bartlett, Chronicle of Higher Education, 17 October]

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Hold on, that slide looks very familiar …

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 13 May 2010 by Steve

“A professor is embroiled in a row with his former employer after teaching materials he designed were replicated by a successor when his contract came to an end. Newcastle University admitted that the lecturer who replaced Donald Weetman had ‘drawn on’ his slides …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, Times Higher Education, 13 May]

Format War Heats Up Among Publishers of Electronic Textbooks

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 22 February 2010 by Steve

“Major textbook publishers are firing the first shots in a format war over their electronic editions, with several players hoping to control distribution to students and to make used textbooks extinct in a future they see as increasingly digital. Macmillan Publishers plans to announce on Monday its entry in the battle …” (more)

[Jeffrey R Young, Inside Higher Ed, 22 February]

UCLA Drops Copyrighted Videos From Course Web Sites After Legal Threat

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 21 February 2010 by Steve

“The University of California at Los Angeles has stopped posting copyrighted videos on course Web sites after complaints from an educational-media trade group, leaving other colleges that regularly post multimedia for their students worried about repercussions …” (more)

[Jill Laster, Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 February]

UCLA Pulls Videos From Course Sites After Copyright Challenge

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 4 February 2010 by Steve

“The University of California at Los Angeles has stopped posting copyrighted videos on course Web sites after complaints from an educational-media trade group, leaving other colleges worried about repercussions. The Association for Information and Media Equipment contacted the university in the fall, alleging that it had violated copyright laws by letting instructors use the videos, which were accessible only to students then enrolled in specific courses …” (more)

[Jill Laster, Chronicle of Higher Education, 2 February]

Google clears digital library hurdle

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 16 November 2009 by Steve

USA“Google and a group of publishers and authors have agreed to scale back the scope of their proposed digital books library, which could resolve a legal dispute and clear the way for millions of books to be sold online …” (more)

[Garry White, Independent, 16 November]

Updates: Joyce, hecklers and broadcasting

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , , on 2 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“I suppose if I spent ages thinking about it, I could find a spurious thread linking three stories that caught my eye over the last few days, but in truth there is none, except that they update matters which I have already discussed on this blog. (Oh, all right then, they’re all about different aspects of freedom of expression: the first shows that copyright should not prevent academic discussion; the second shows that hecklers should not have a veto; and the third is about broadcasting regulation). First, I had noted the proclivity of the estate of James Joyce to be vigorous in defence of its copyrights; but it lost a recent case…” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 2 October]