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A Week of Copyright Principles

January 13th, 2014 by Amy Studer


Copyright Week starts today with the principle of Transparency:

” Copyright policy must be set through a participatory, democratic and transparent process. It should not be decided through back room deals or secret international agreements. ”

The overall schedule for the six days includes:

Day 1:  Transparency

Day 2: Building and Defending a Robust Public Domain

Day 3: Open Access

Day 4: You bought It, You Own It

Day 5:  Fair Use Rights

Day 6:  Getting Copyright Right

Copyright Week is sponsored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Creative Commons, American Library Association, Wikimedia Foundation, Association of Research Libraries, Internet Archive, Center for Democracy & Technology, and others.

Related Blogs from others:

Smith, Kevin. (2014, January 13).  A week of copyright principles [blog].  Accessed January 13, 2014, from


Have You Received an Elsevier Takedown Notice?

January 9th, 2014 by Amy Studer

Elsevier recently sent DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown notices to some UC campuses, several other universities, and claiming that the availability of certain Elsevier journal articles posted on websites infringes Elsevier copyrights.  The postings at issue are believed to have been the final published versions of articles for which Elsevier believes it holds the copyright.  (Some authors retain copyright to their articles, in which case Elsevier’s request would be invalid).  Many publishers permit authors to self-archive journal articles on websites; however, they generally stipulate that the version posted be the author’s final manuscript, after peer review but before the publisher formats it in the journal layout.  In addition, publishers may require an embargo or time-delay prior to self-archiving. 

If you have received a takedown request from Elsevier or another publisher, please contact for assistance regarding what to do.

The UC Office of Scholarly Communication website summarizes the issues and options should you receive a takedown request from Elsevier:

Selected articles describing the Elsevier takedown requests:

(2014, January 11).  No peeking:  A publishing giant goes after the authors of its journals’ papers.  The Economist.  Accessed January 9, 2014, from

Peterson, Andrea. (2013, December 19). How one publisher is stopping academics from sharing their research. The Washington Post. Accessed January 8, 2014, from

Howard, Jennifer. (2013, December 6).  Posting your latest article? You might have to take it down. Chronicle of Higher Education.  Accessed January 8, 2014, from

Elsevier Response:

Reller, Tom. (2013, December 6). A comment on takedown notices (with update).  ElsevierConnect [blog]. Accessed January 8, 2014, from

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