Copyright & A2K Issues - 7 December 2018

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Intellectual Property:

dti: The National Assembly passed the Copyright Amendment Bill, the Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill and the Gambling Amendment Bill

Copyright Amendment Bill passed (South Africa)

SA Copyright Amendment Bill - resources

What is Fair Use and What are its Benefits?

Defending Fair Use In South Africa

Promoting Education Rights In South African Copyright Reform

Towards WIPO Regional Seminars On Copyright Exceptions: Looking Out For Users

Confused about copyright? Assessing Researchers’ Comprehension of Copyright Transfer Agreements


Open Access, A2K & Scholarly Communication:

Researchers sign petition backing plans to end paywalls

China backs bold plan to tear down journal paywalls

Aligning strategies to enable Open Access

Altruism or Self-Interest? Exploring the Motivations of Open Access Authors


Open Science:

Launch of the future African Open Science Platform during SFSA2018, 12-14 Dec. 2018

How to find Open Research Data

European Science Cloud is online: Secure virtual environment for research data

Open Science in Africa – Challenges, Opportunities and Perspectives

Open Synthesis: on the need for evidence synthesis to embrace Open Science

European funders detail their open-access plan

Supporting the Proliferation of Data-Sharing Scholars in the Research Ecosystem


Open Educational Resources:

OER: A Field Guide for Academic Librarians


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