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U.S. Department of Education Launches Campaign to Encourage Schools to #GoOpen with Educational Resources

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Education,Laws/Regulations

Announces effort by federal government to encourage schools and educators to move away from traditional text books and use openly licensed educational materials. Includes proposal to require all copyrighted intellectual property created with department grant funds to have an open license. From the U.S. Department of Education


Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations

New final rule providing an exemption to rules prohibiting circumvention of technological measures protecting copyrighted material. The new exemption applies to cases where a person in engaging in noninfringing uses of certain classes of works. From the U.S. Copyright Office in the Library of Congress


Authors Guild et al v. Google

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums,Telecommunications/Internet

Decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2d Circuit that the digitizing of millions of books by Google to create an online library is transformative and not a violation of the concept of fair use. From Justia


Summary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Describes five defining features of the trade agreement which is designed to promote open trade and regional integration. Also provides a summary of the 30 chapters covering such topics as trade rules, customs, intellectual property, electronic commerce, labor, environment, competition policy, and dispute settlement. From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


Making Open Science a Reality

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Science/Technology

Reviews the progress in OECD countries in making the results of publicly funded research openly accessible. From the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development



Categories: Copyright/Patents,Statistics

Explore nearly 40 years of data on patent activity in the U.S., including technological, regional, and individual-level trends through several search filters. From the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Orphan Works and Mass Digitization: A Report of the Register of Copyrights

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations

Documents the problems faced by those who seek to use orphan works or engage in mass digitization projects because rights holders cannot be located or identified.  Proposes legislative recommendations to resolve the problem while respecting the rights of copyright owners.  From the U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress


Money for Something: Music Licensing in the 21st Century

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Copyright/Patents,Telecommunications/Internet

Describes the current legal framework governing the music industry.  It also examines the changes in technology and consumer behavior that have reshaped the industry.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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