News & Announcements 7/15/14

Princeton University Press Launches Princeton Legacy Library; Libraries and Archives Leave International Copyright Discussions Empty Handed; Coalition opposes copyright term extension in Trans-Pacific partnership agreement; International Organizations Ask Elsevier to Withdraw TDM Policy;  Traditional publishing is ‘no longer fair or sustainable’, says Society of Authors;  Amazon Prime Air Seeking FAA Wings; Lund University in Sweden and EBSCO Information Services Commit to Extended Period of Collaboration.

According to InfoDOCKET  “the Princeton Legacy Library will make Princeton’s backlist titles available digitally through Ingram Content Group in both print-on-demand editions and as ebooks for libraries and scholarly institutions through leading library aggregators.

On July 14, over 1,200 titles will be released in the Princeton Legacy Library with subsequent batches planned through 2016, moving backward through Princeton University Press’s vaunted publishing history. Books included in the first installment will cover the years from approximately 1980 to 2000…”

InfoDOCKET also reports that “discussions regarding an international copyright instrument for libraries and archives again collapsed inconclusively at the 28th meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) in Geneva, from Monday 30 June – Friday 4 July. In the early hours of Saturday 5 July, Member States finally “agreed to disagree” on any conclusions on copyright exceptions for libraries and archives, as well as a draft treaty for broadcasting…”

copyright Coalition opposes copyright term extension in Trans-Pacific partnership agreement

According to KnowledgeSpeak “on July 9, 2014, ARL joined 34 other organisations in sending a letter to ministers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating parties, expressing opposition to the copyright term of life plus 70 years proposed by the United States. These organisations – representing libraries, archives, authors, educators, students, digital rights advocacy groups, and technological innovators – note that this extended copyright term threatens the public domain.

Information Today reports that “LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries), along with 17 other international library and research organizations, submitted an open letter to Elsevier asking the company to abandon its text and data mining (TDM) policy because it “places unnecessary restrictions on researchers. It limits their ability, and their right, to mine content to which they have legal access.”

The Guardian reports that “after figures released this week showed professional authors’ median annual incomes have collapsed to to £11,000, The Society of Authors’ chief executive has claimed that traditional publishers’ terms “are no longer fair or sustainable”…”

According to Shelf Awareness “last week, Amazon submitted a formal request to the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to begin testing drones for its proposed Prime Air package delivery service, which was unveiled in a highly publicized spectacle on CBS 60 Minutes last December…”

PRWeb reports that “Lund University Library in Sweden and EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) have extended their collaboration following a recent tender for subscription services and the subsequent award of a contract to EBSCO. The two organizations have committed to work together for up to four more years.

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