News & Announcements 5/18/13

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Publisher threatens to sue blogger for $1-Billion; UK kids reading more on screen than in print; UK survey spotlights researchers’ reliance on open access; Bowker will be an industry sponsor at uPublishU at BookExpo America;   Rep. Lofgren introduces Unlocking Technology Act; and worldwide intellectual property access supported.

 Publisher Threatens to Sue Blogger for $1-Billion

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education Jeffrey Beall metadata librarian at the University of Colorado at Denver and author of the online blog Scholarly Open Access is being sued by a publisher.

The publisher, the OMICS Publishing Group, based in India, is also warning that Mr. Beall could be imprisoned for up to three years under India’s Information Technology Act, according to a letter from the group’s lawyer. Mr. Beall received the letter on Tuesday from IP Markets, an Indian firm that manages intellectual-property rights…”

Citing the National Literacy Trust in the UK, InfoDOCKET reports that “new research with 34,910 young people aged eight to 16 reveals:

  • 39% of children and young people read daily using electronic devices including tablets and eReaders, but  only 28% read printed materials daily. The number of children reading eBooks has doubled in the last two years (from 6% to 12%).
  • Children say they prefer to read on screen. Over half (52%) said they would rather read on electronic devices but only a third (32%) would rather read in print.
  • Nearly all children have access to a computer at home and 4 out of 10 now own a tablet or a smartphone, while 3 in 10 do not have a desk of their own.
  • Girls are significantly more likely than boys to read in print (68% vs 54%)…”

See also:  Report: Kids Tend to Read Digital More Than Print

“A major survey of UK Academics released today examines the attitudes of researchers and practitioners working within higher education. It sheds light on their behaviours, including their reliance on digital technologies, the Internet and open access.

The survey, funded and guided by Jisc and RLUK and conducted on their behalf by the not-for-profit research organisation Ithaka S+R, received 3,498 responses, (a response rate of 7.9%). The survey covers a range of areas from how academics discover and stay abreast of research, to their teaching of undergraduates. How they choose research topics and publication channels, to their views on learned societies and university libraries, and their collections…”

“ProQuest affiliate Bowker® will be an industry sponsor at uPublishU at BookExpo America (BEA), the acclaimed conference for self-publishers. The company will host three sessions entitled “Get To Know Your Key Audience & Where To Reach Them,” “Making Your Metadata Rock,” and “Understanding How to Distribute Your Book.” Each is led by a publishing expert and will provide practical advice that authors can apply immediately.

uPublishU at BEA 2013 will be held at the Javits Center in New York City on Saturday June 1st. The one-day conference allows aspiring writers and authors to learn from industry experts about self-publishing their works, with presentations that cover technology and tools needed to publish in both print and digital…

District Dispatch reports that “Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the Unlocking Technology Act, H.R. 1892, copyright legislation that would allow consumers to circumvent digital rights management on smart phones, e-readers, DVDs, and other digital products for non-infringing purposes…”

 Intellectual Property Access for the World

District Dispatch also notes that “Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and four other members of Congress supported an extension to a waiver requiring least developed countries (LDCs) to comply with world trade agreements. The LDCs are seeking policy flexibility to develop domestic technological and creative capacity before having to adopt the highest standards of intellectual property protection and enforcement…”

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