The Moral Rights of Researchers as Authors

July 17th, 2020 by  | Comments Off on The Moral Rights of Researchers as Authors

I am working this year on developing a copyright amendment that is intended to do a much better job of supporting open access to research than the current law. This work is catching something of the tailwind filling the sails of open science, brought on by tragic, disruptive turns of the global pandemic. The rising […]

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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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Fair Use, Worth Celebrating – But Open Access Needs Copyright Reform

February 26th, 2020 by  | Comments Off on Fair Use, Worth Celebrating – But Open Access Needs Copyright Reform

“It no longer makes sense to seek further manipulation of fair use’s legal concessions and the trade-offs of open access policies. It is time, rather, to amend the law.” John Willinsky

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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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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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Arcadia Fund Awards Research Grant to Initiative on Copyright Reform for Open Research

October 16th, 2019 by  | Comments Off on Arcadia Fund Awards Research Grant to Initiative on Copyright Reform for Open Research

Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, has awarded a grant of $165,000 to John Willinsky, Khosla Family Professor at Stanford University Graduate School of Education, and director of the Public Knowledge Project. The funding is underwriting a two-year investigation into how best to reform copyright law in the United States and […]

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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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