In light of the University of North Texas Open Access symposium titled “Futures of Academic Publishing: UNT's 4th Symposium on Open Access,” which will occur May 30-31st, it is apropos to mention a couple of recent developments in open access publishing and dissemination models. EThOS, for example, is an open access electronic theses online service operated by the British Library.
Today, the Committee on the Judiciary is hearing information regarding section 108 and future copyright law. The Section 108 Study Group previously made recommendations to amend section 108 of the United States Copyright Act, which addresses how libraries may preserve and replace items in its collection, distribute items to patrons, and disseminate items via interlibrary loan.
A federal district court recently dismissed a copyright infringement case against UCLA. This case was styled Association for Information Media and Equipment v. Regents of the University of California. The suit alleged that UCLA was infringing copyright and violating the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA by ripping DVDs and then streaming their content to students in-class. Access to the streamed content was password protected. However, although this dismissal was a positive result for UCLA, this case did not really resolve the issue of academic streaming.
I have been asked more than once by a faculty member, may I stream Netflix videos to my classroom? Most Netflix videos, unless they are older films in the Public Domain, are protected by copyright. However, there are statutory exceptions that allow educators to show all or portions of films in an educational classroom.
The United States Supreme Court held today that buying books abroad and selling them in the United States is not a violation of copyright law. Instead, it is well within the rights of an individual under the first sale doctrine.
Last week, the Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante gave remarks at Columbia Law School. During these remarks, she suggests some changes in United States copyright legislation may be necessary to help various entities properly utilize current technology within the confines of the law.