Why Copyright Matters in Research

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Sep 22, 2014 10:40:00 AM

Previously, we looked at the divisions growing in the open access community and an overview as to what Creative Commons is and how it applies to academic research. However, all of this points to a much larger question: Why is copyright in research such an important issue for research?To understand this, we first have to look at what copyright is and then how it applies to research and why that application is crucial.

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Tagged:  Legal




When Plagiarism and Copyright Collide

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Apr 9, 2013 12:12:00 PM

Canadian Aboriginal AIDS NetworkA recent article in the Ottawa Citizen highlighted the strange case of Veldon Coburn, a PhD candidate who is also an analyst at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada in Gatineau.

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Tagged:  Legal




Nigerian High Court Jurisdiction challenged in Sanusi Plagiarism Case

Posted by David Rothschild on Jun 7, 2012 12:00:00 PM

Governor Lamido SanusitThe Nigerian High Court this week set a date to hear plagiarism charges levied against Lamido Sanusi, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. The charges are being brought forward by a Nigerian lecturer in the United States, Professor Victor Dike of the School of Engineering and Technology at the National University of Sacramento in California. Dike, the founder of California’s Centre for Social Justice and Human Development, claims that Sanusi plagiarized his material in lectures on two different occasions.

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Tagged:  Legal, International




Boundless Learning and “Open” Content?

Posted by Guest Blogger on May 9, 2012 1:46:00 PM

copyright infringement textbooksThe recent copyright suit brought against startup Boundless Learning by three major textbook publishers, Pearson, Cengage, and Macmillan Higher Ed serves as occasion, yet again, to revisit key themes that surface each time the narrative of education’s disruption by technology – especially via web-based innovations – is rehearsed.  The suit came shortly after the announcement of an $8 million investment in Boundless, led by VC-firm, Venrock.  Intriguingly, the suit also appears to attack the investors as well, underscoring the business opportunity (and loss thereof) that seems to obtain with any discussion that involves the Internet, new technology, and “disruption.”  The second theme that we see is the well-worn “David vs. Goliath” story, and the last is the same story of education’s revolution at the hands of a web-based alternative.

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Tagged:  Legal, Academic




Copyright Infringement and Plagiarism in the Courtroom

Posted by David Rothschild on Jun 20, 2011 10:18:00 AM

Legal plagiarism gavel

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Tagged:  Legal




Eye on the Billion Dollar Plagiarism Law Suit

Posted by Janett Perry on Oct 20, 2010 1:57:00 PM

money resized 600One of the biggest plagiarism law suits of the decade continues to make headlines in the UK and internationally. Billionaire ‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling and her publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC face an ongoing law suit coming from the estate of a now-deceased fantasy writer.  

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Tagged:  Legal, International




Plagiarism Punishment

Posted by Robert Creutz on Jun 23, 2010 2:37:00 PM

prison cell 150x150 resized 600A recent article from Times Higher Education discusses a new ‘Tariff’ that academics in the UK are proposing that will lay out a universal system of penalties for university students that plagiarize.  

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Tagged:  Legal, Academic, International




Law Firm Plagiarism

Posted by Janett Perry on Mar 31, 2010 7:32:00 AM

952313 gavel 150x150 resized 600International law firm Ropes and Gray is currently facing a $82.5 million plagiarism law suit, filed by their former client Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. 

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Tagged:  Current Events, Legal