Copyright & A2K Issues - 23 June 2020

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Intellectual Property:

SA Copyright Amendment Bill goes back to Parliament

President Cyril Ramaphosa refers Copyright and Performers’ Protection Amendment Bills to Parliament

Blind SA Constitutional Challenge of the Copyright Amendment Bill

South Africa’s Copyright Amendment Bill Returned to Parliament for Further Consideration

Long walk to copyright reform: South Africa’s Copyright Amendment Bill

Copyright reforms likely unconstitutional says SA President in major decision

Comments by WIPO Copyright Director Undermines IIPA's South Africa Petition

Copyright Exceptions across Borders: Implementing the Marrakesh Treaty

Canada: Canadian Copyright Law Updates (June 2020)


Open Access, A2K & Scholarly Communication:

You can publish open access, but ‘big’ journals still act as gatekeepers to discoverability and impact

Publisher Open Access Policies: Introducing Sherpa Romeo v2

OpenStax textbook revisions, updates, and improvements - Why and how OpenStax revises textbooks

Springer Nature Transformative Open Access Agreement

Coronavirus resources (NIH)

Long read | Science needs to inform the public. That can’t be done solely in English …

German Public Broadcaster ZDF Releases Dozens of Videos under CC Licenses:

Landmark Transformative Agreement reached between Springer Nature and University of California

Jisc and Universities UK call for publishers to reduce their fees to maintain access to essential teaching and learning materials

COAR survey finds no large barriers for repository platforms in complying with Plan S

What is the difference between plagiarism and copyright infringement?


Open Educational Resources (OER)

Sharing Openly Licensed Content on Social Media: A Conversation with GLAM:

OER Repositories & Platforms List

Critical Questions for Open Educational Practices

The cost of Open Access books: a publisher writes



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