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IFLA joins call for deletion of articles 11 and 13 in the EU copyright reform -

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), along with 89 organisations, defenders of freedom of expression and freedom of access to information, has co-signed a letter asking for the deletion of controversial articles in the proposed European copyright directive. IFLA had already openly underlined the… Read More

Appeals Court reverses district court’s fair use decision in Cambridge University Press v. J.L. Albert -

In an opinion released October 19, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit unanimously reversed the district court's fair use decision in Cambridge University Press v. J.L. Albert and agrees with publishers reversing the GSU litigation involving the unauthorized use of numerous copyrighted… Read More

Coalition of library and research community representatives submit proposed amendments to PSI directive -

A coalition of library and research community representatives, comprising EBLIDA, DCC, IFLA and SPARC Europe, recently submitted their position and proposed amendments to the Directive 2003/98/EC on the reuse of public sector information. The two documents were shared with EU rapporteurs and shadow rapporteurs with the… Read More

Elsevier and American Chemical Society file second lawsuit against ResearchGate for copyright infringement -

Elsevier and the American Chemical Society (ACS) have filed a second lawsuit against ResearchGate, alleging mass copyright infringement. Last year, the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers, a group representing more than 140 publishers, wrote to ResearchGate, a popular… Read More

LIBER welcomes library compromises, but TDM exception needs to go further -

The Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) has consistently fought for copyright reforms which support research and innovation in Europe. The report adopted by European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) on proposed changes to the Commission's Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive includes draft… Read More

LIBER joins call for improved Text and Data Mining Exception -

Twenty eight organisations, including LIBER, have signed a letter calling for an improved Text and Data Mining Exception which will support research and innovation in Europe. The letter was sent to the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI). The signatories… Read More

FTC halts deceptive practices of academic journal publishers -

A federal court recently granted a preliminary injunction requested by the Federal Trade Commission, temporarily halting the deceptive practices of academic journal publishers charged by the agency with making false claims about their journals and academic conferences, and hiding their publishing fees, which were up to… Read More

Court ruling in favour of ACS in a case against Sci-Hub -

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has welcomed the court ruling in its case against Sci-Hub, a self-proclaimed web pirate organisation that steals and then illegally reproduces and disseminates copyrighted scientific research articles on the internet. Issued by Judge Leonie M. Brinkema on Nov. 3, the ruling… Read More

LIBER signs open letter calling for revised Text and Data Mining (TDM) exception -

Twenty organisations, including LIBER, have signed an open letter to European lawmakers calling for changes to a proposed Text and Data Mining exception. Coordinated by the European Alliance for Research Excellence, the letter asks Members of the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) in the European Parliament… Read More

LIBER signs open letter to stop potentially harmful copyright reform -

LIBER has signed an open letter directed at the EU’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI), in an attempt to stop recent EU copyright reform developments which threaten Open Access and Open Science. In the letter, LIBER and 14 other organisations express particular alarm at the potential… Read More


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