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  • The Perfect Storm: Canadian Copyright Law 2012. Making Sense of the Dramatic Changes and the Far-Reaching Implications for Online Learning

    Canadian copyright law has gone through a perfect storm with the statutory reforms to the Copyright Act that received Royal Assent in June 2012 and the subsequent five Supreme Court of Canada copyright decisions in July 2012. This is no less than a seismic shift in the copyright law with far-reaching implications for post-secondary education, and online learning in particular. Let?s try to: ?...

  • Resource Packet on Orphan Works: Legal and Policy Issues for Research Libraries

    The resource packet on legal and policy issues concerning orphan works provides general information concerning orphan works, the University of Michigan's Orphan Works Project and FAQs on related issues.

  • New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing Framework (NZGOAL)

    The New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework (NZGOAL) was approved by Cabinet on 5 July 2010 as government guidance for State Services agencies to follow when releasing copyright works and non-copyright material for re-use by third parties. It standardises the licensing of government copyright works for re-use using Creative Commons licences and recommends the use of ?no-...

  • Access to Knowledge in Africa: The Role of Copyright

    This book is a result of an international and interdisciplinary research project known as the African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) project. The project was conceptualised in 2006, refined through 2007 and implemented starting in late 2007.

  • Estimating the Economic Impact of Mass Digitization Projects on Copyright Holders: Evidence from the Google Book Search Litigation

    This Article challenges the conventional wisdom propounded by the U.S. and German governments, as well as Microsoft and other competitors of Google, concerning the likely economic impact of mass book-digitization projects. Originally advanced by publishing industry lobbying groups, the prevailing account of mass book-digitization projects is that they will devastate authors and publishers,...

  • Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OpenCourseWare

    This document is a code of best practices designed to help those preparing OpenCourseWare (OCW) to interpret and apply fair use under United States copyright law. The OCW movement, which is part of the larger Open Educational Resources (OER) movement, was pioneered in 2002, when the Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched its OpenCourseWare initiative, making course materials...

  • Draft Law on Copyright

    This document provides a coherent set of definitions and exceptions and limitations to exclusive rights for libraries and consumers. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Draft Law On Copyright and Related Rights (version 2005), previously available online, was used as the basis for this document. The amendments and additions to that text reflect the basic needs of libraries...

  • Worlds in Collision: Copyright, Technology, and Education

    In order to understand these tensions, consider the following example from Second Life, a shared environment where users adopt virtual personae to explore a world created predominantly by other users. The ability to manipulate the Second Life world allows users to create virtual environments, but the tools have sufficient flexibility that new forms of artistic and creative expression are...

  • The Public Domain Enclosing the Commons of Mind

    Imagine yourself starting a society from scratch. Perhaps you fought a revolution, or perhaps you led a party of adventurers into some empty land, conveniently free of indigenous peoples.

  • Reuse of material in the context of education and research

    Sharing educational and research materials is high on the agenda of Dutch higher education and research institutions. It must be possible to use and reuse materials produced or collected at the institutions for educational and research purposes, or as the basis for the development of new materials.

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