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[News] Publication: "Should Copyright Of Academic Works Be Abolished?"

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Should Copyright Be Abolished On Academic Work?

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| We've discussed a few times over the years how copyright gets in the way of 
| academic work. Journals (who get all of their writing and reviewing totally 
| for free) insist on holding the copyright for those works in many cases. I've 
| even heard of academics who had to redo pretty much the identical experiment 
| because they couldn't even cite their own earlier results for fear of a 
| copyright claim.     


"Should Copyright Of Academic Works Be Abolished?"


Protecting the public domain and sharing our cultural heritage

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| Last week, the National Portrait Gallery in London, UK sent a threatening 
| letter to a Wikimedia volunteer regarding the upload of public domain 
| paintings to Wikimedia’s media repository, Wikimedia Commons.  
| The fact that a publicly funded institution sent a threatening letter to a 
| volunteer working to improve a non-profit encyclopedia may strike you as odd. 
| After all, the National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1856, with the stated 
| aim of using portraits “to promote appreciation and understanding of the men 
| and women who have made and are making British history and culture.” [source] 
| It seems obvious that a public benefit organization and a volunteer community 
| promoting free access to education and culture should be allies rather than 
| adversaries.       



Copyright Lobbyists Celebrate Latest Bogus Stats With Willing Gov't Officials

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| They don't actually look at the real research on these things. Instead, they
| accept as gospel the ridiculous debunked research that comes out of the
| industry lobbyists who benefit the most from such protectionism that limits
| real and meaningful competition. And no one calls them on it. Take, for
| example, this Internet News report on how lobbyists for the music, movie and
| software industries all got together with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, and
| talked up a new and misleading study from the International Intellectual
| Property Association that talks up the importance of copyright.


Copyright debate heats up over Obama appointments

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| The president has, in fact, filled out some high-level Justice Department
| positions with lawyers favored by the copyright industry, including attorneys
| who have represented the Recording Industry Association of America and the
| Business Software Alliance. The signatories of the April 2 letter said the
| Justice Department's intervention last month in favor of a record label in a
| file-sharing case heightens their concern.


Biden promises 'right person' as new U.S. copyright czar

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| "It's pure theft, stolen from the artists and quite frankly from the American
| people as consequence of loss of jobs and as a consequence of loss of
| income," Biden said, according to a White House pool report.

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