R.I.P. Aaron Swartz, 1986-2013 Aaron Swartz, an open access activist, committed suicide on Friday, January 10, 2013. He was facing a 13-count indictment from the US Dept. of Justice for breaking into JStor, an academic articles database, although JStor had dropped all charges. Academics worldwide have begun releasing their papers
Monthly Archives: January 2013
Buffy Versus Edward – War on Cited Remix Video (Jan. 9, 2013) The acclaimed remix video “Buffy Versus Edward”, which critiques gender politics in the “Twilight” movies, was removed from YouTube as a copyright violation of Lionsgate’s movies – despite Lionsgate’s admission just the previous month that the video was
Cover of “The Copyright Extension Collection” The Times, They Are A-Changin’ (or not) / Jan. 8, 2013 — A new Bob Dylan release of only 100 copies was designed to exploit copyright extension in Europe – See “Bob Dylan’s label releases ultra rare box set to exploit copyright loophole”, Guardian, Jan. 8, 2013; “Stuck Inside
Open Access AND Open Use / Jan. 6, 2013 – Cameron Neylon, “Science Publishing: Open Access Must Enable Open Use”, Nature 492, pp. 348-349 (Dec. 20, 2012). Open access is not enough – researchers need to be able to index and have other reuse rights to scholarly literature.