World Book and Copyright Day

April 23rd, 2020 by  | Comments Off on World Book and Copyright Day

As one who built a life around books (with them around me), this is my day. April 23rd. World Book and Copyright Day. And here, for this day, let me offer a paean to the learned book. The scholarly monograph, with footnotes burbling along the bottom of every page, or piled up for a hundred pages […]

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The Simplest of Models for Open Access to Research Proves Itself: Welcome to Subscribe-to-Open

March 5th, 2020 by  | Comments Off on The Simplest of Models for Open Access to Research Proves Itself: Welcome to Subscribe-to-Open

I’ve got blog-worthy good news. So good, in fact, that I’m persuaded to take a break from my consecutive blogs on amending American copyright for open access (my developing case here). Instead, I devote this blog to a far more here-and-now breakthrough in increasing public access to research.

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As the Law Is Blind to Research’s Intellectual Property Distinctions

January 24th, 2020 by  | Comments Off on As the Law Is Blind to Research’s Intellectual Property Distinctions

This is the third in a series of blogs based on excerpts from an early and ongoing draft of a book (here for comment) in which I develop a case for amending copyright in the United States so that it is once again serving research and scholarship.

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2020 Coming Attractions

January 9th, 2020 by  | Comments Off on 2020 Coming Attractions

On behalf of the entire PKP team, I would like to wish our global community a very happy new year and decade. The Public Knowledge Project is poised to contribute much to scholarly publishing this year thanks to the ongoing support of our contributors, sustainers, partners, and granting agencies. Together, we are making knowledge public.

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The Open Access Consensus and Copyright Reform

November 26th, 2019 by  | Comments Off on The Open Access Consensus and Copyright Reform

This is the second in a series of blogs on how U.S. copyright law has, with the emergence of open access to research and scholarship in the digital era, slipped into an unconstitutional state because it can no longer be said, in the case of science, “to promote the progress of science and useful arts” […]

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It’s Time to Stop Copyright’s Violation of the U. S. Constitution

August 23rd, 2019 by  | Comments Off on It’s Time to Stop Copyright’s Violation of the U. S. Constitution

The jurisdiction in which it makes the most sense to reform copyright law so that it supports, rather than deters, access to research and scholarship is the United States. After all, the country’s Constitution empowers Congress “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive […]

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Facilitating Fair Copyright Compensation in Canadian Universities

July 5th, 2019 by  | Comments Off on Facilitating Fair Copyright Compensation in Canadian Universities

During the first week of June this year, Canada’s Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology issued its Statutory Review of the Copyright Act Report, after an exhaustive and expensive Canada-wide polling of opinion. The result of a legislated five-year review of copyright, the report’s first recommendation is to strike this review mandate from the […]

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Applying the Logic of Intellectual Property Incentives Outside the Law

May 13th, 2019 by  | Comments Off on Applying the Logic of Intellectual Property Incentives Outside the Law

One common interpretation of intellectual property law is that it is not so much about protecting a creator’s natural law property rights (as is the case with bicycles and beachfront properties). Rather, intellectual property law is about motivating individuals to create and invent for the benefit of all.

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Calling for Greater Public Accountability in Big Pharma’s Patent Collaborations

March 12th, 2019 by  | Comments Off on Calling for Greater Public Accountability in Big Pharma’s Patent Collaborations

My beat on SLAW.ca is typically, if not all too predictably, the copyright trials and tribulations of scholarly communication. I’d be the first to admit that matters of access to this body of knowledge are relatively straightforward compared to what takes place next door with patent licensing, especially when pharmaceuticals are involved.

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PKP Managing Director Brian Owen Retires

November 9th, 2018 by  | 1 Comment

All of us who have been involved with the Public Knowledge Project at any point over the last thirteen years – whether as a colleague in PKP or as a beneficiary of the software that PKP has developed – owe a great debt of gratitude to the contribution made by Brian Owen, Associate Dean of […]

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