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The Internet lets us share perfect copies of our work with a ... More

The Internet lets us share perfect copies of our work with a worldwide audience at virtually no cost. We take advantage of this revolutionary opportunity when we make our work “open access”: digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open access is made possible by the Internet and copyright-holder consent, and many authors, musicians, filmmakers, and other creators who depend on royalties are understandably unwilling to give their consent. But for 350 years, scholars have written peer-reviewed journal articles for impact, not for money, and are free to consent to open access without losing revenue. In this concise introduction, Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn’t, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the periphery to the mainstream, and what its future may hold. Distilling a decade of Suber’s influential writing and thinking about open access, this is the indispensable book on the subject for researchers, librarians, administrators, funders, publishers, and policy makers. Less

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Film and Music Production
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The MIT Press
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MIT Press
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Peter Suber
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The Open Movement and Libraries
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"Openness" which has become a hallmark of the new Web has long ... More

"Openness" which has become a hallmark of the new Web has long been a mission in libraries. The philosophy of free and open access to information and technology has become a critical subject for information and technology leaders and practitioners. This course will explore the role and participation of library science and librarians in this movement. This course will give an overview of open-source technologies (such as content management systems and ILS programs) which are being used by libraries today, as well as exploring the open access movement which advocates free online access to scholarly research and journal articles. During the course we will also discuss open courses and learning, open conferences, and open licenses (like GPL and Creative Commons). This practical knowledge will be taught with an eye towards students understanding the implications of open access and what it means for libraries and librarians. Less

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San Jose State University
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San Jose State University
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Ellyssa Kroski
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The Opposite(s) of Property: An interdisciplinary investigation of property and its borders
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Public lands, unownable ideas, markets for eggs and surrogates, slaves in court, ... More

Public lands, unownable ideas, markets for eggs and surrogates, slaves in court, the economics of sharing . . . . These were some of the issues discussed at this Duke Law School event. The workshop was prompted by the publication of James Boyle’s book, The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind (Yale University Press 2008), but its topic was also a wider one. The workshop does not claim some essential common thread links each of these inquiries together. Instead, it offered essayistic contributions from a distinguished and diverse group of panelists and commentators each of whom has, in their own way, explored the margins, the edges, and the opposites of property. Do those different investigations shed light on each other? View the workshop seesions to find out. Less

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Duke Law School
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P2P U. Opens for Business
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"A group of professors and graduate students from around the world has ... More

"A group of professors and graduate students from around the world has started a new university of their own online, with an unusual model that is more like a book group than a traditional course," reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. "The new institution, called Peer2Peer University (for peer to peer), was announced last year and was originally slated to start offering courses in January. But logistical issues forced the fledgling project to delay its official opening until last week." Less

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Patents, Copyrights, and the Law of Intellectual Property, Spring 2013
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Introductory examination of the US law of intellectual property, with emphasis on ... More

Introductory examination of the US law of intellectual property, with emphasis on patents and copyrights, and a brief look at trademarks and trade secrets. Comparisons made with regard to what can and cannot be protected, what rights the owner does and does not obtain, and how these rights come into being. Issues relating particularly to new information technologies highlighted. Assignments include case and statutory readings, written preparatory exercises, and student case presentations. Less

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Law
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M.I.T.
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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Meldman, Jeffrey
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Permissions Guide For Educators
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This guide provides a primer on copyright and use permissions. It is ... More

This guide provides a primer on copyright and use permissions. It is intended to support teachers, librarians, curriculum experts and others in identifying the terms of use for digital resources, so that the resources may be appropriately (and legally) used as part of lessons and instruction. The guide also helps educators and curriculum experts in approaching the task of securing permission to use copyrighted materials in their classrooms, collections, libraries or elsewhere in new ways and with fewer restrictions than fair use potentially offers. The guide was created as part of ISKME's Primary Source Project, and is the result of collaboration with copyright holders, intellectual property experts, and educators. Less

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OER Commons
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Open Author Resources
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ISKME
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Plagiary and Moralism
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Is plagiarism a historical category? Is its definition in question? How might ... More

Is plagiarism a historical category? Is its definition in question? How might it be related to copyright, intellectual property or legality? And what exactly is the difference between morally right and legally right? Less

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Rice University
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Connexions
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Christopher Kelty
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A Primer in Modern Intellectual Property Law
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This is a very broad primer in intellectual property law from the ... More

This is a very broad primer in intellectual property law from the perspective of its original justification, and the basic legal and institutional distinctions that accompany it in the modern period (roughly 1700-2000). Less

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Economics
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Rice University
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Connexions
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Christopher Kelty
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Proper Space in the Mouth
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This module represents the value of the proper space in the mouth ... More

This module represents the value of the proper space in the mouth that allows for good pronunciation of vowels, including the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet as a guide. While the space in the mouth is essentially deep set it will be modified as each vowel is sung. Less

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Performing Arts
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Rice University
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Connexions
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Gordon Lamb
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PubPol 688/SI 519 - Intellectual Property and Information Law
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Explores related and sometimes competing legal and policy frameworks for the development ... More

Explores related and sometimes competing legal and policy frameworks for the development and dissemination of ideas and expression in the Information Age. The ways in which principles of free speech and expression compare and contrast with intellectual property rights are explored in relation to the advancement of knowledge and innovation, with particular focus on the impact of the Internet and new technology. The impact of other legal considerations and values on the development and dissemination of ideas and information (such as security, privacy, local control vs. national and international considerations, competition, and the protection of minors) are also examined. The course draws upon the contexts of education, business, and government. Less

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Law
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University of Michigan
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Open.Michigan
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Bryce Pilz
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SAIDE OER initiatives
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A presentation by Tessa Welch to the DETA (Distance Education and Teacher ... More

A presentation by Tessa Welch to the DETA (Distance Education and Teacher Training in Africa) conference, 7 August 2007 on SAIDE's OER initiatives (before OER Africa was born). It provides a useful insight into what OERs are and how their vision can be realised in various ways. Less

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South African Institute for Distance Education
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OER Africa
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Welch T
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SCA Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Getting Third Party Rights Holders' Permissions
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This resource is based upon the IPR Toolkit created by the JISC-funded ... More

This resource is based upon the IPR Toolkit created by the JISC-funded Web2Rights Project (www.web2rights.org.uk) and adapted for SCA sponsors and other organisations across the public sector. It is intended to form part of a toolkit, which can be further adapted to suit specific requirements and issued to content creators and content users across the public sector who are responsible for rights management and rights clearances. Less

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Teaching and Learning Strategies
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JISC
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UCF openSpace
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JISC
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SCA Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Toolkit- Rights Management
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Within any rights clearance strategy, it is vital to ensure that any ... More

Within any rights clearance strategy, it is vital to ensure that any rights, subsequent permissions granted or not granted, rights holders who have not been traced etc, are recorded in an appropriate format to ensure that there is clarity regarding the status of works, crucial information is captured and this information can be easily accessed and shared across a public-sector body. As a means to ensure the information is recorded comprehensively, it is recommended that all information is recorded, including rights for which permission has already been granted. Less

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Teaching and Learning Strategies
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JISC
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UCF openSpace
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JISC
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Stanford University Fair Use and Copyright Center
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This clearinghouse site provides an abundance of resources about copyright laws and ... More

This clearinghouse site provides an abundance of resources about copyright laws and fair use, including links to legal documents and legislation, internet and web resources, tutorials, resources for librarians, FAQ's, and a monthly newsletter. Less

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Education
Law
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Readings
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Internet Scout Project
Stanford University
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Internet Scout Project
NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
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Teaching Copyright
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As today's tech-savvy teens become increasingly involved with technology and the Internet ... More

As today's tech-savvy teens become increasingly involved with technology and the Internet for learning, work, civic engagement, and entertainment, it is vital to ensure that they understand their legal rights and responsibilities under copyright law and also how the law affects creativity and innovation. This curriculum is designed to give teachers a comprehensive set of tools to educate students about copyright while incorporating activities that exercise a variety of learning skills. Lesson topics include: the history of copyright law; the relationship between copyright and innovation; fair use and its relationship to remix culture; peer-to-peer file sharing; and the interests of the stakeholders that ultimately affect how copyright is interpreted by copyright owners, consumers, courts, lawmakers, and technology innovators. The lesson plan concludes with a mock trial that tests the students' understanding of copyright and its limitations and encourages them to consider the positions of each party involved. Less

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Electronic Frontier Foundation
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Electronic Frontier Foundation
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Technology Tools Q2
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This course is designed to give incoming online students a basic knowledge ... More

This course is designed to give incoming online students a basic knowledge of how to use technology to succeed in an online setting. Students will learn a variety of online and computer programs that will enable them to create videos, presentations, projects, posters and reports. This is the second part of a two-quarter course. Less

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Activities and Labs
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Open High School of Utah
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Open High School of Utah
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Trademark: Its history, influence and issues
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This module was written originally as a class assignment on Intellectual property ... More

This module was written originally as a class assignment on Intellectual property for Dr. Christopher Kelty's class (Rice University). It contains an overview and history of Trademark, important turning points in the law regarding trademark and a few discussion questions. Less

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Law
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Rice University
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Connexions
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Samuel Feng
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UNESCO OER Toolkit
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A guide for participating in the international open education commons This document ... More

A guide for participating in the international open education commons This document is aimed at individual academics and decision-makers in higher education institutions that are interested in becoming active participants in the OER world, as publishers and users of OER. At the beginning of each section there is a short summary to help the reader determine whether the content is applicable to his or her situation. Most of the Toolkit is designed for academics who are interested in finding and using OER in the courses they teach, or who wish to publish OER that they have developed. The sections have been kept short and to the point. They aim to provide just enough information to get the reader started. Each section ends with a list of references and suggestions for further reading. Some sections are aimed at institutional decision-makers and academics that interested in setting up a more formal OER project. These projects may start with just a few interested academics but, as they grow, institutional policies, funding and legal constraints become more relevant. Individuals who are not aiming to set up a institutional project may nonetheless be interested to read the whole document. Likewise, institutional planners, IT staff or librarians who are interested in setting up an OER project would benefit from understanding the academic's perspective. Finally, there is an audience that we care a great deal about, but who fall outside the scope of this document: the students. Some of the most innovative and successful open education projects are driven or supported by students. Examples of student involvement in OER projects are provided throughout the Toolkit. Less

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UNESCO Philipp Schmidt
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