Why Full Open Access Matters

Recently, some publications have begun offering an open-access option that charges for Internet publication without granting readers full reuse rights, such as Springer's Open Choice or Nature's Scientific Reports. These publishers have adopted a business model through which authors pay for immediate publication on the Internet but the publisher nonetheless keeps commercial reuse rights for itself. This is not full open access.

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Professors Haight-Farley and Anderson to Lecture at University of Havana

Professors Christine Haight Farley and Jonas Anderson have been invited to give lectures on Intellectual Property Law and Patent Law in Cuba as part of a series of Seminars organized by the Center for Inter-American Legal Education. The Center is a not for profit organization with a license from the U.S. Treasury Department to travel to Cuba whose mission is to provide legal education to judges, law professors and lawyers in Cuba on the laws of the United States.

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Access to Global Media In Middle Income and Low Income Countries: A Responsible Study

For those of us who study intellectual property law or the relationship between law and the Internet, these are interesting times. So interesting, in fact, that it is difficult to keep up and to have a real sense for how the activities regulated by intellectual property law are evolving around the world. Now, thanks to Joseph Karaganis and the team of researchers whose efforts he has coordinated to produce Media Piracy in Emerging Economies, we have a much clearer picture about how interesting, and puzzling, the times in which we live really are.

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Professor Contreras Joins the NAS Committee on Intellectual Property Management in Standard-Setting Processes

Professor Jorge Contreras will serve as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Intellectual Property Management in Standard-Setting Processes. The Committee will convene over the next 13 months to "examine and assess how leading national, regional, and multinational standards bodies address issues of intellectual property (IP) arising in connection with the development of technical standards."

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Nov 3: Music, Copyright, and the UCLA Law School Music Copyright Infringement Resource

Charles Cronin (WCL '85) will to discuss the Music Copyright Infringement Resource - a website he created to "make universally available information about U.S. music copyright infringement cases from the mid-nineteenth century forward," which is hosted at UCLA law. He also will discuss digitized materials associated with music infringement disputes in the UK, Canada, and Australia, and an article he’s working on about musical borrowings/appropriations "then and now" (18th – 21st Centuries) and copyright implications.

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Oct 25 - Current Directions in Open and Public Access

As part of International Week at WCL, and Open Access week worldwide, PIJIP will host an event Octover 25 on open and public access. Learn more about Creative Commons and copyright, Open Access publishing initiatives, access to scholarly research, and how publications (including our own Intellectual Property Brief!) are making information available.

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PIJIP Event on October 5 - Golan v. Holder: Copyright, the Public Domain, and the First Amendment at the Supreme Court [Updated with Video]

Copyright's relationship with the First Amendment is back before the U.S. Supreme Court, with oral arguments to be held on October 5th, 2011. The Washington D.C. Chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and PIJIP co-sponsored a post-argument event where you can hear lawyers for the Petitioners and the Respondents summarize their views of the case and the Justices' questions.

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Professor Jaszi Wins IP3 Award from Public Knowledge

Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn announced that three winners have been chosen for the 2011 IP3 awards. This year, the awards will be given Sen. Ron Wyden, Beth Noveck and Peter Jaszi. Awards are given to individuals who over the past year (or over the course of their careers) have advanced the public interest in one of the three areas of “IP” –Intellectual Property, Information Policy and Internet Protocol. The awards will be presented at a ceremony Oct. 13 in Washington, D.C. (that will also feature a roast of Public Knowledge).

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September 13: Book Launch - "Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright"

Professors Patricia Aufderheide, director of the Center for Social Media, and Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law in the WCL, urge a robust embrace of a principle long-embedded in copyright law, but too often poorly understood -- fair use. By challenging the widely held notion that current copyright law has become unworkable and obsolete in the era of digital technologies, Reclaiming Fair Use: How To Put Balance Back In Copyright from the University of Chicago Press promises to reshape the debate in both scholarly circles and the creative community.

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Global Congress Issues Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

With the U.S. round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement underway in Chicago, IP and information policy experts from around the world have released a Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest that challenges the dominant direction of the negotiations on intellectual property in U.S. trade agreements. The Declaration was created through a consultative process with over 180 experts from 35 countries in six continents at the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, August 25-27 at WCL.

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