In the News: Copyright Office issues final rule with DMCA exceptions; ARL publishes 2010-11 statistics; Springer celebrates its 100th SpringerOpen journal; OCLC announces new prototype service for FAST Subject Assignment; all three of Sage’s latest open access journals are now open for submission; FindLaw introduced Mobile Essential; and ValoBox launches its on-demand browser-based eBook service.
INFOdocket reports that “the final rule with DMCA exemptions will be published today (October 26, 2012) in the Federal Register but a pre-publication version of the full text is available now. The effective date for the final rule is October 28, 2012.
The rule states that “the Librarian of Congress, upon the recommendation of the Register of Copyrights, has determined that the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that effectively control access to copyrighted works shall not apply to persons who engage in noninfringing uses of certain classes of works…” And goes on to list which “classes of works shall be exempt from the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures set forth in Section 1201(a)(1)(A):…”
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Statistics 2010–2011, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of ARL’s 126 member libraries in 2011. Of these, 115 are university libraries (16 in Canada and 99 in the US); the remaining 11 are public, governmental, and nonprofit research libraries (2 in Canada, 9 in the US).
According to a recent press release “Springer recently celebrated the addition of its 100th title to the SpringerOpen family of open access (OA) journals, in addition to its existing BioMed Central portfolio. The launch of the Journal of Software Engineering Research and Development … signifies its commitment to establishing open access as an option for all disciplines. Springer has more than 330 fully OA journal titles…”
KnowledgeSpeak reports that “Library information provider OCLC Research, US, has announced the availability of assignFAST, a new web service that automates the manual selection of FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) Subjects (the Authorized and Use For headings) based on autosuggest technology...”
KnowledgeSpeak also reports that “SAGE has announced that all three of their latest open access journals are now open for submission. The journals are: SAGE Open Medicine, SAGE Open Medical Case Reports and SAGE Open Engineering. All three titles complement SAGE’s rapidly expanding portfolio of over 200 titles in engineering, health and medicine, providing an even wider choice of publication opportunities for authors…”
Information Today reports that “FindLaw introduced Mobile Essential, a mobile solution for attorneys that uses responsive design technology to optimize law firm websites so that visitors and potential clients have a premium user experience whether viewing the page from a smartphone, tablet, or desktop. Unlike websites that have a separate mobile web address for mobile device viewing, websites with responsive design configurations automatically respond to the size of a screen so that the entirety of the firm’s website, including images and graphics, are viewed consistently across platforms. Responsive design is Google’s recommended configuration for mobile web delivery…”
It appears that one UK startup is trying to persuade publishers “to sell … eBooks on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis, enabling readers to purchase specific pages or chapters of a book. ValoBox launches its on-demand browser-based eBook service today, with publishers O’Reilly Media, Profile Books, Guardian Books, Constable & Robinson, and Snowbooks, signed on at debut…”