EDRI-gram provides an overview of the Declaration on Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Information Society that has recently been adopted by the the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers (see also press release.) The author of the EDRI-gram report concludes:
Archive for the 'open access' Category
A news report in The Register draws our attention to a fascinating Dutch open A2K project called DAREnet, a joint venture by Dutch universities, the National Library of the Netherlands, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. On the website (currently suffering from too much attention), scientists from all major Dutch universities make their research materials – currently 47,000 digital documents – freely accessible to the research community and the public at large. The article in the Register also notes that commercial publishers are note amused. No surprise, indeed.
The Berkman Center’s Digital Media Project team has released an in-depth analysis of the impacts of policy choises on emerging business models in the music and film industries. Here’s the link to the paper and the abstract:
The online environment and new digital technologies threaten the viability of the music and film industries’ traditional business models. The industries have responded by seeking government intervention, among other means, to protect their traditional models as well as by developing new models specifically adapted to the online market. Industry activity and public debate have focused on three key policy areas related to copyright holders’ control of content: technical interference with and potential liability of P2P services; copyright infringers’ civil and criminal liability; and legal reinforcement of digital rights management technologies (DRM).
Special thanks — and congratulations — to Derek Slater and Meg Smith of the Berkman team for their work.