[Latin-America] Fwd: [cc-affiliates] MAY 12 Creative Commons Policy Roundup

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Fri May 12 21:57:21 GMT 2017


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From: Timothy Vollmer <tvol at creativecommons.org>
Date: Sat, May 13, 2017 at 12:48 AM
Subject: [cc-affiliates] MAY 12 Creative Commons Policy Roundup
To: CC Staff <staff at creativecommons.email>, CC Affiliates <
cc-affiliates at lists.ibiblio.org>, Open Policy Network <
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1. The Communia Association has been running its #RIGHTCOPYRIGHT campaign,
which calls for sensible reforms that make the use of copyrighted material
for education easier. Copyright should empower--not thwart--teaching and
learning. Sign it before it closes!


2. Goodbye open.whitehouse.gov. The Trump administration has deleted it. It
used to be the portal for White House data, visitor logs, and open data
commitments. Now it redirects to a disclosures page containing almost zero

3. Here's a long read about the decade-long saga with Google Books. Worth
checking out.

4. The farm equipment manufacturer John Deere has been at the center of
controversy around the "right to repair" movement. John Deere has been
telling the U.S. Copyright Office that since the tractors they sell contain
software, and since that software is licensed, not sold, the purchaser of
that tractor doesn't really own it. They claim that the person is only a
licensee, and required to use the tractor according to the license terms.
Due to provisions of the DMCA, this could forbid farmers circumventing DRM
placed on this software in order to understand the operation of the
tractor, and fix it themselves.

5. Australia's government-run copyright collection agency has been using
funds meant to go to authors instead for fighting against progressive
copyright reform there. Australia is currently in the midst of a review of
copyright, and the Productivity Commission has recommended broad changes,
including the adoption of fair use.

6. The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1695. The bill would give
the President—not the Librarian of Congress—the power to appoint the
Register of Copyrights. The position would be subject to Senate
confirmation and would last for a term of 10 years (with the possibility of
renewal). CC and other civil society organisations have argued that moving
this reporting structure outside of the public-interest structure of the
Library would be negative for users and access to information, as it would
only give more influence to Hollywood and other large rightsholder
organisations over copyright policymaking set by the Register. The bill
would need to pass the Senate and be signed by the President to become law.

7. The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative is making an investment in preprint
service bioRxiv. "If we're going to cure all disease in our children's
lifetime, we need to speed up science. One thing that slows us down today
is that it can take a year or longer to publish research in a scientific

8. Louisiana State University is suing Elsevier for breach of contract when
it refused to allow LSU’s veterinarian school faculty and students to
access Elsevier content already licensed by LSU’s Libraries.

9. Sean Flynn has some updates from the latest meeting of WIPO's Standing
Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. On the agenda has been
discussion around how to support limitations and exceptions to copyright
for libraries and education.

10. Libraries are cancelling "Big Deal" journal subscriptions. Here's an
interesting look (with data) into the current state of play.

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