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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Let Canada Be First to Turn an Open Access Research Policy Into a Legal Right to Know

March 12th, 2018 by  | Comments Off on Let Canada Be First to Turn an Open Access Research Policy Into a Legal Right to Know

Canada’s three federal research funding agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health ($1 billion annual budget in 2016-17), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada ($1.1 billion), the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada ($380 million) – instituted an intellectual property law exception in 2014. It effects the publication of research […]

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Access Copyright v. York University, and the Friends of Intellectual Property

January 22nd, 2018 by  | 1 Comment

Last summer, York University declared that it will appeal the July 12, 2017 ruling of the Federal Court of Canada that was made in favor of Access Copyright, whose tariff on course materials, approved by Copyright Board of Canada, the university refused to pay. Instead of paying a set fee per student, York had relied […]

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Working the Law Against Its Intent: Policing Access to Research

November 14th, 2017 by  | Comments Off on Working the Law Against Its Intent: Policing Access to Research

The current series of legal kerfuffles in scholarly publishing involves property and access rights in an industry that is, for all intents and purposes, moving toward universal open access. Let’s begin with recent moves by Elsevier, the largest of scholarly publishing corporations with over 2,000 journals, and the American Chemical Society, among the richest of […]

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