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Let’s fix EU copyright!

Today is Day 6 of Copyright Week, organised by EFF, looking at Getting Copyright Right. The European Commission is currently holding a Public Consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules – and they’re looking for your input. Unfortunately, the consultation documents that the European Commission are difficult to fill out: rather than encouraging […]

PDF Liberation Hackathon – January 18-19

This guest blog post has been written by Marc Joffe, of Public Sector Credit Solutions. Open government data is valuable only to the extent that it can be used cost-effectively. When governments provide “open data” in the form of voluminous PDFs they offer the appearance of openness without its benefits. In this situation, the open […]

What We Hope the Digital Public Library of America Will Become

Tomorrow is the official launch date for the [Digital Public Library of America](http://dp.la/) (DPLA). If you’ve been following it, you’ll know that it has the long term aim of realising “a large-scale digital public library that will make the cultural and scientific record available to all”. More specifically, Robert Darnton, Director of the Harvard University […]

Open and the “Next Great Copyright Act”

Director of the U.S. Copyright Office Maria Pallante is expected to call today for updates to U.S. copyright law. Her [brief written testimony is already available](https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/623874-pallante-032013.html) and a [longer speech given two weeks ago](https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/623865-pallante-the-next-great-copyright-act-manges.html) (titled “The Next Great Copyright Act”) provides additional flavor. Substantial changes to copyright will take years to play out in the […]

Boundless Learning demands a jury trial

We’ve been following the case of [Boundless Learning](https://www.boundless.com/?utm_source=pr&utm_medium=release&utm_campaign=feb13-pr) on the OKF blg (see [here](http://blog.okfn.org/2012/05/10/boundless-learning-got-served-what-does-it-all-mean-for-open-textbooks/) and [here](http://blog.okfn.org/2013/01/24/boundless-releases-all-its-textbooks-under-open-license/)), in which the world’s most prominent producer of Open Access textbooks online is being sued by the world’s biggest producers of physical, copyrighted textbooks. In the latest twist to the tale, Boundless have filed their answer, requesting a trial […]

Open Research Data Handbook Sprint

On February 15-16 we are updating the Open Research Data Handbook to include more detail on sharing research data from scientific work, and to remix the book for different disciplines and settings. We’re doing this through an open book sprint. The sprint will happen at the Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4JE. […]

Version Variation Visualisation

In 2010, I had a [long paper](http://www.scribd.com/doc/123160767/Thirty-Times-%E2%80%98More-Fair-than-Black%E2%80%99-Othello-Re-Translation-as-Political-Re-Statement) about the history of German translations of Othello rejected by a prestigious journal. The reviewer wrote: “The Shakespeare Industry doesn’t need more information about world Shakespeare. We need navigational aids.” About the same time, David Berry [turned](http://www.thecomputationalturn.com/) me on to Digital Humanities. I got a team together ([credits](http://www.delightedbeauty.org/vvv/Home/Credits)) […]

Boundless Releases All Its Textbooks Under Open License

News just in that Boundless, the open source digital textbook provider, is releasing all of its 18 open source textbooks under a [Creative Commons Attribution and Share-Alike license](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/). [We covered the progress of this brilliant initiative mid-way through last year](http://blog.okfn.org/2012/05/10/boundless-learning-got-served-what-does-it-all-mean-for-open-textbooks/). [Boundless](https://www.boundless.com/) leverages open content on the web, whether that’s information on Wikipedia or digital copies […]

Sita’s free: Landmark copyleft animated film is now licensed CC0

This past Friday, American cartoonist, animator, and free culture activist Nina Paley announced she was releasing her landmark animated film Sita Sings the Blues under a Creative Commons CC0 license. Sita Sings the Blues is quite possibly the most famous animated film to be released under an open license. The 82 minute film, which is an autobiographical story […]