Tag Archives: copyright


Open Access & Copyright: A View from the South

Singapore Waterfalls
In all the discussions about open access and copyright, I want to add my story as someone from the Global South who strongly advocates for open access. Before I do so, I need to admit my privilege: my institution has a great physical and electronic library with additional free document delivery – so I can literally get any article or book chapter I want, for free, and during my PhD I had additional access to the University of Sheffield’s eResources library. However, I know that most Egyptian ac…


Weekend Reading: Blasted Daylight Savings Edition


Welcome to the weekend, ProfHackers! I don’t know about the rest of you, but it seems to me like every year, adjusting to Daylight Savings is more difficult. But we’ve made it through the week, and some of us are enjoying Spring Break or have started to count down the days.

If the news about Sweet Briar wasn’t disturbing enough last week, The Atlantic published an article about “The Unfortunate Fate of Sweet Briar’s Professors” Spoiler alert: “Unfortunate” is an understatement. Meanwhile, Insid…


Comment on the New DMCA Exemptions

GrumpyJust over two years ago, Kathleen wrote about the DMCA exemptions issued by the Library of Congress.

Last week, the U.S. Copyright Office published an updated rule with DMCA exemptions (it went into effect on October 28), and the changes aren’t all good. To get a quick overview of the new exemptions, I’d recommend reading this piece at ArsTechnica and this one at readwrite hack.

Some of what’s in the new rule is perfectly sensible. As Timothy B. Lee points out, ebook access for the disabled shou…


Note-taking and Copyright Infringment

MarginaliaI don’t often post to Twitter before I’ve even had my morning coffee, but I did this morning (February 23; see the image below for the post).

What occasioned the comment was an article in the Chronicle that I’d received an email about, noting that Kno is suing Cengage Learning for breach of contract. Nate Hoffelder has some commentary here.

As I understand the case, it boils down to this. Kno is suing because Cengage has pulled their books from Kno’s store. Cengage did this because Kno made it p…


Pinterest: A Social Catalog

A few weeks ago, a friend posted something to Facebook from a site I wasn’t familiar with: Pinterest. The post in question was a wonderful photograph of a wall of bookshelves filled to the rafters with various texts.  Like many academics, I love books; I love libraries, and I love photographs of both books and libraries, so I had to see where this photograph came from.

Enter Pinterest.  Pinterest is an electronic bulletin board that allows users to pin images from around the web onto one commun…


Four Reasons to Join the EFF This Week

Electronic Frontier Foundation

This morning I want to point to four disconnected stories–all from this week!–that, taken together, point up the importance of a strong civil liberties advocate in online legal discussions. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been just such an advocate for more than 2 decades now, and supporting their work, whether by joining or making a one-time donation, has only become more crucial.

Here are the four stories:

  • One of the most-linked stories on the internet yesterday was Andy Baio’s

Solutions for Dealing with Copyrighted Materials in an Open Access Course

copyright posterMost regular ProfHacker readers know that I’m an Open CourseWare evangelist. However, I will be the first to admit that fully embracing an Open CourseWare philosophy isn’t always an easy thing to do. Challenges can include institutional opposition (from fellow faculty or administration), technical issues (where to host, choosing a platform, etc.), and student confusion (most students have been trained to use the university’s chosen LMS, and expecting them to use another platform or follow a dif…


How to Rip DVD Clips

DVDs[This is a guest post by Jason Mittell, Associate Professor of Film & Media Culture and American Studies at Middlebury College. Jason blogs at Just TV.]

In my previous post, I detailed how the new DMCA exemption allows all faculty to legally rip excerpts from DVDs for educational purposes, whether in-class lectures, online posting in a digital publication, or at conference presentations. (Anyone interested in the legal issues raised by the ruling should definitely read law professor and fair us…


Letting Us Rip: Our New Right to Fair Use of DVDs

DVD[This is a guest post by Jason Mittell, Associate Professor of Film & Media Culture and American Studies at Middlebury College. Jason blogs at Just TV.]

This week saw the release of a seemingly minor bit of legal policy that has a major impact on academic uses of technology, expanding the scope of legal ways to extract video clips from DVDs for purposes of criticism and commentary. (An earlier post by Kathleen Fitzpatrick provided additional information on this ruling with regards to jailbreaki…


Information on the New DMCA Exemptions

DRMYesterday, the Library of Congress issued its triennial statement of exemptions to the portions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that forbid the circumvention of digital rights management (DRM) and other technological measures intended to prevent access to or copying of digital materials. Three years ago, the announced exemptions allowed film and media studies professors to crack the content scrambling system (a.k.a. CSS) on DVDs in order to rip short clips to make compilations for classr…