Non-profit copyright licensing solution provider Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), US, has announced that the University of Texas System has expanded its adoption of CCC's Annual Copyright License from its Austin campus to the entire UT System, covering more than 150,000 undergraduate and graduate students and nearly 13,000 faculty members. The nine academic campuses and six health institutions comprising the University of Texas System make it one of the largest higher education systems in the US.
Adopted initially by the UT System at its Austin campus in 2008, the Annual Copyright License makes it easy for faculty and staff to license published materials for use in coursepacks, e-reserves, course management systems, research collaboration and more. For a single annual fee, CCC's Annual Copyright License provides librarians, faculty, copy shop staff and others with pre-approved permission to use and share content from millions of books, scholarly journals, newspapers, magazine, and e-books.
Since its launch in late 2007, dozens of colleges and universities across all Carnegie classes have adopted CCC's annual license, including; The University of Massachusetts Medical School, Middlebury College, Marquette University Law School, and the United States Army Command&General Staff College. The Annual Copyright License comes with comprehensive training and implementation support services, and builds on CCC's decades of experience providing licensing solutions to businesses and academic institutions.
Non-profit copyright licensing solution provider Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), US, has announced that The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has expanded its use of Rightslink. Rightslink is an online service from CCC that provides a content licensing solution for publishers. By expanding its use of the Rightslink service, AIP seeks to provide a quick and easy way for authors and customers to order reprints, purchase published works and manage charge processing in an efficient, online environment.
AIP initially implemented Rightslink in 2004 to manage permission requests. The expanded implementation integrates Rightslink with the publisher's manuscript processing system, enabling AIP and its publisher partners to provide links to authors throughout the manuscript processing schedule that take the author directly into the order processing system. Authors can select the product and/or service they wish to purchase and pay online via credit card or request an invoice for offline payment. All these features have been integrated into AIP's standard communications with the authors, replacing the need for time-consuming and labor-intensive author forms, faxes and email requests.
Rightslink's real-time management system provides AIP with an instantaneous view into daily operations. The system will also be integrated with AIP's print suppliers so that orders will flow seamlessly into the appropriate print workflow.
Rightslink is tagged on more than 17 million articles and manages hundreds of millions of rights globally. It is in use with more than 3,000 scientific, academic and professional journals and hundreds of leading publications, including Elsevier, the American Chemical Society, IEEE, Nature Publishing and many more.
An anti-piracy web tool launched by the Publishers' Association, UK, in February has reportedly recorded about 800 illegally uploaded texts. The tool has successfully helped to remove almost 90 percent of these from the web.
The Association's Copyright Infringement portal fights online piracy by targeting those websites that offer titles for free download. Publishers register the details of an infringement and the portal and notify the ISP with a request to take it down. The portal also tracks if an appropriate response has been made.
However, association representatives have sought 'proactive and dynamic' work in view of the speed with which new sites appear. Over the next quarter, the portal is looking to tackle 'torrent sites' that offer peer-to-peer sharing of infringing copies via multiple users sharing content.
Meanwhile, publishers worldwide are in continuing discussions with content sites Scribd and Wattpad over illegal downloads. In the US, where Scribd met with the Association of American Publishers last month, an e-mail on online piracy circulated by Hachette Book Group (HGG) said Scribd had committed to various anti-piracy policies. HBG is also looking to persuade Wattpad to bring in more robust procedures.
An Indian online forum on intellectual property rights has reportedly called for more transparency in the country's patent system and for information to be more easily accessible. A petition in this regard has been launched with the Indian patent authorities.
The recently launched online petition follows an earlier petition submitted at the end of 2007. Following that, the Indian patent authorities had then said that the complete database with searchable patent information, including patent specifications and decisions, would be available online by March 2009.
The deadline has, however, not been met. The second petition calls for more patent-related information to be made public. This includes all correspondence between a patent applicant and the patent office; patent office circulars that impact patentability; clear patent titles and abstracts; corresponding patent applications elsewhere; and amendments made by the applicant from time to time to address issues raised by opponents challenging a patent.
A key part of information being sought by the petition relates to 'working' statements - whether a firm that has been granted a patent for a drug is actually making the drug. These statements are supposed to be filed by the patentee with the Indian patent office. According to Indian patent laws, a firm that has been granted a patent for a drug in India must also make it in India for the next three years. Or else the drug is eligible for compulsory licensing.
The groups are also asking for the Indian government to build public-private partnerships with the ICT sector in India. This will help to build a better e-filing system and other innovative ICT tools to aid a more efficient administration of the Indian patent office.
The petition reportedly attracted 100 signatories after the first day, including pharmaceutical companies, patent attorneys, students from the Max Planck Institute and the Carnegie Mellon Institute, and global not-for-profit organisations such as the Initiative for Medicines, Access and Knowledge that promotes technical assistance on IPR issues to governments, campaigns against unsound pharmaceutical patents and promotes access to drugs.
Rightslink claims to be the most widely used web-based licensing application, supporting more than 11,000 journals, magazines and newspapers, as well as thousands of books online. Users of content published by LWW will now be able to instantly obtain permissions to reuse and distribute copyrighted content.
Rightslink is an online service that enables content users to purchase copyright permissions and reprints directly from content on the web or in database services. By choosing Rightslink to license the content of its nearly 275 periodicals, LWW seeks to move the management of permissions requests from a time-consuming manual process to an efficient, automated and secure online ordering system. This is expected to accelerate the processing time and enable the company to focus on requests that are more complicated and need special consideration.