Graduate Student Workshop: Why Can't Scholarship Be Free?

This presentation looks at models of open access scholarly publishing and examines the costs and value of such publication models. We’ll address some of the persistent questions and myths about open access publishing (Is it “predatory”? Is it “self-publishing”? Is it peer-reviewed?) and look at how various disciplines have embraced it as a model of scholarly dissemination.

For details and registration, see the Graduate School's Upcoming Workshops page. 

Graduate Student Workshop: Introduction to the Scholarly Publishing Process

This workshop will offer an introduction to scholarly publishing for graduate students or early-career academics. 

Come learn more about the typical process of submitting, revising, and publishing a scholarly journal article, some tips on securing author’s rights, and resources available through the University Libraries for identifying journals for publication, sharing your work, and determining scholarly impact.  

Film Screening: Paywall — The Business of Scholarship

Join us in the Media Library for a screening of  Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

This 65 minute documentary focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier, and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google.

Hathi Trust Digital Library Wins on Appeal

Yesterday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decided four issues that support library usage of copyrighted works via fair use. The court held that 1. creating copies of copyrighted works for the purpose of making a full-text searchable database, and 2. providing those works fully accessible to individuals with disabilities are both legal under the fair use doctrine. Further, the court held that 3. the Authors Guild did not have standing to sue on behalf of other copyright holders, and 4.

Beastie Boys, Libraries, and Copyright

Yesterday, a New York City jury awarded the Beastie Boys 1.7 million in a copyright infringement case against Monster Energy Drink. Monster apparently admitted to using Beastie Boys songs in an online advertising video without the still living Beastie Boys and the estate of Adam Yauch’s permission.  The result of this case is odd when juxtaposed with a lawsuit filed by the Beastie Boys in November of 2013 against GoldieBlox, Inc.

Music and Copyright

Dealing with copyrights in music always presents interesting conundrums. First, music usually has two separate copyrights, one for the musical score ©, and one for the musical sound recording ℗. Thus, like real estate (receiving mineral rights and above-the-land real property rights), when one is dealing with music, he or she must take into account both types of copyrights.