Publisher drops plan to charge extra for old papers after outcry;  *University of Washington Press (UW Press) Joins UW Libraries;  *National Media Market announces the Academic Libraries Video Trust;  *New Report: “[Engaging the Collection: By the Numbers] HathiTrust Growth and Usage in 2017″;  *Composition the Library Commissioned Wins a Grammy Award!;  *Infringement Lawsuit Filed Over “The Shape of Water”;  *New Online From The British Library: 350 English Folk Songs Recorded by Composer Percy Grainger England Between 1906 and 1909;  and *Macmillan Learning joins Educational Publishers Enforcement Group to fight against counterfeit and piracy practices in education plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.


Times Higher Education reports that “publisher Taylor & Francis has dropped plans to charge extra for access to older research papers online, after more than 110 universities signed a letter of protest.

The latest renewal of UK universities’ deal with Taylor & Francis, which was agreed in principle at the end of January but is yet to be signed, for the first time covered papers published only in the past 20 years. Papers published in a one-year window between 1997 – seen as the year that the digital academic publishing era began – and 1998 would have been placed in a “modern archive”, and universities would have had to purchase access to this as a separate package…”


The University of Washington Blog reports that “starting March 1, 2018, the University of Washington Press will join the UW Libraries and report to the vice provost of digital initiatives and dean of University Libraries, Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson…”


“National Media Market and Conference has announced the formation of the Academic Libraries Video Trust, a cooperative open to interested institutions, to facilitate preservation of commercial video content (primarily VHS) which is no longer in distribution. The Trust will leverage preservation and replacement exceptions for reproduction by libraries established by U.S. copyright law (17 U.S. Code § 108) that allow for duplication of content that is damaged, deteriorating, lost, or stolen, or is in an obsolete format…”


According to infoDOCKET[Engaging the Collection: By the Numbers] HathiTrust Growth and Usage in 2017 was recently published by HathiTrust and notes that

  • The collection size hit two big milestones in 2017, reaching 15 million works in February and 16 million in December.
  • 1.2 million works were contributed by 37 partners.
  • 27,634 works were opened through the Copyright Review Program;
  • 5,705 works were opened with permission of the author…”

“…The Library of Congress is delighted to report that a composition it co-commissioned won a 2018 Grammy Award: Jennifer Higdon, acclaimed composer of contemporary classical music, accepted the award in Madison Square Garden in New York on January 28 for “Viola Concerto.” The Library co-commissioned the work from Higdon with the Curtis Institute of Music, the Aspen Music Festival and the Nashville Symphony for the 90th anniversary season of Concerts from the Library of Congress…”


Citing the Hollywood Reporter, The Digital Reader notes that “Oscar-contender The Shape of Water is now the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit:

With less than a week remaining before Academy Awards voting ends, Guillermo del Toro and Fox Searchlight are being sued for allegedly copying the idea for The Shape of Water…”


infoDOCKET also reports that “The British Library is pleased to make available online around 350 English folk songs recorded by composer Percy Grainger in different regions of England between 1906 and 1909. Thanks to the generous support of the National Folk Music Fund, these sound recordings have been catalogued and indexed by librarian, researcher and folklorist Steve Roud, author of Folk Song in England (Faber & Faber, 2017).


According to KnowledgeSpeakMacmillan Learning has announced an agreement to join the Educational Publishers Enforcement Group (“EPEG”) and will formally endorse the Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices (“Best Practices”) created by EPEG and its partners. By joining this team of content providers which have endorsed the Best Practices, Macmillan Learning is now part of the largest industry effort in identifying and eliminating counterfeit textbooks…”

More library and publishing news from a variety of sources