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01/04/2013

RCUK Policy on Open Access as of 1 April 2013

Research Councils UK (RCUK) made changes to its open access policy early in 2013. This followed a report from the House of Lords that deemed the previous version unacceptable due to its lack of clarity. RCUK are supportive of Gold Open Access, where an Article Publication Charge (APC) is...

27/03/2013

First Sale Doctrine: Summary of Kirtsaeng Ruling - March 2013

On March 19, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (PDF), which was on appeal from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. At issue was whether the First Sale Doctrine (Section 109(a) of the Copyright Act)...

23/02/2013

OSTP Memorandum on Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research Released - February 2013

Following two consultations (2009, 2011), a specifically convened roundtable and an Act of Congress (America COMPETES Reauthorization Act 2010), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) have finally produced their guidelines for "Increasing Access to the Results of Federally...

22/02/2013

House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Report on the Implementation of Open Access - February 2013

Following a brief inquiry in January and February 2013, the UK House of Lords Science and Technology Committee have produced a report on their findings on the Implementation of Open Access (pdf). The inquiry consisted of both written and oral evidence sessions and involved a wide range...

01/12/2012

UK Government Response to the Consultation on Copyright Exceptions - December 2012

The UK Government today (20 Dec 2012) released their response to the consultation on widening copyright exceptions. A press release was also circulated. Despite the recognition that the “UK already has a strong framework for supporting copyright works”, the Government still feels that there...

01/08/2012

Online infringement of copyright and the Digital Economy Act 2010 – Ofcom’s proposal to make by order a code for regulating the Initial Obligations - August 2012

The Digital Economy Act 2010 contained a section aiming to deal with online infringement of copyright. It inserted several paragraphs into the Communications Act 2003, which expand the functions of Ofcom to regulate a procedure to allow copyright owners to issue online infringement notifications...

10/07/2014

UK Government Response to "Accessibility, sustainability, excellence: how to expand access to research publications” and what RCUK plans to do about open access - July 2012

The UK Government has accepted all but one of the recommendations made by the cross- stakeholder Finch Group set up to investigate increasing access to the publications resulting from publicly-funded research.  The statement can be found here. As a reminder, the Finch Group came about as a...

10/07/2014

BIS Select Committee Hargreaves Inquiry - July 2012

House of Commons Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee: The Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property: Where next? At the end of 2010, UK Prime Minister David Cameron commissioned Professor Ian Hargreaves to lead a Review of Intellectual Property (IP) and Growth....

10/06/2014

ALPSP Member Briefing on the Finch Report - June 2012

Accessibility, Sustainability, Excellence: How to expand access to research publications - Report of the Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings The Finch Group came about as a result of a roundtable discussion on Transparency, chaired by David Willets (Minister for...

27/11/2014

CHORUS (Clearing House for Open Research of the United States)

This is an update on the ALPSP Member Briefing on the OSTP Memorandum on Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research publishing in February 2013. The ‘OSTP Memo’ as it has become known, directed US Federal Funding Agencies with research expenditures in...