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Public Domain Day: January 1, 2010

January 1, 2010, was Public Domain Day.  At the start of each new year, the copyright terms on certain authors’ works expire and those works enter the public domain.  There are no longer any restrictions on uses of those works.  There are, depending on the nature of some works and the jurisdiction of the works, some exceptions.  Notable authors whose works entered the public domain this year include William Butler Yeats and Sigmund Freud.  To find more works in the public domain, search www.publicdomainworks.net.

Copyright law today gives an author exclusive rights to her/his work for the duration of her/his life plus an additional 70 years.  This means works can be restricted for upwards of 100 years or more.  Authors can remove (as well as transfer or sell) any or all restrictions as they see fit.  Recognizing that users want to freely and easily access and build upon their works, some authors are using tools such as Creative Commons to remove restrictions.  Some are even dedicating their works to the public domain well before the life + 70 year term.

Copyright law and copyright terms have changed numerous times over the years.  When you add in unpublished and unregistered works, digital works, and works whose copyright owners are unknown, things can get confusing.  Cornell University has a great resource that tells you when certain categories of works have or will enter the public domain.

Top image from www.publicdomainday.org.  Bottom image from MikeBlogs’ Flickr images.
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Open Access Week is October 19-23, 2009

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Free access to information. You know you want it.

Find out how open access can help you get it.

Open Access Week, October 19-23, 2009

All events are open to all Dominican faculty, staff and students. Refreshments provided. A t-shirt will be given away at every event.

Brought to you by Rebecca Crown Library, the GSLIS faculty and students, and DULISSA.

For more information on the week’s events, please contact Caroline Sietmann in the Library: csietmann@dom.edu, 708-524-6875.

For more information on open access, please see the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook (OASIS).

Monday, October 19th
Institutional Repositories, Caroline Sietmann (Library)
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Location: Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence (Parmer 115)

An institutional repository (IR) is a digital collection of the scholarly and creative output of a university’s faculty, staff and students. It can hold and disseminate research publications, student work, audio and video and more. Hear about how an IR operates and how it can benefit individual scholars and the University as whole, and learn about Dominican’s plans for creating and IR.

Tuesday, October 20th
Author Rights, Lauren Romeo & Tyler Works (GSLIS)
Time: 4:30-5:30pm
Location: Bluhm Lecture Hall (Parmer 108) *changed from Springer Suite

When publishing the results of your research, you sign a publisher’s agreement that stipulates how the publisher and how you, the author, can use your research. The agreement may require you to give up some or all of your rights, limiting your research’s dissemination and use. But, you do not have to sign the agreement as is. You can change it so that you retain some or all of your rights, and so that you decide how your research will be disseminated. Learn about your options as an author, and will provide you with tools you can use to understand and amend publishers’ agreements and retain your rights. It will also inform you of emerging publishing methods, such as open access journals and repositories, you can use in addition to or in place of traditional journal and monograph publishing. It is not a primer on copyright law, but focuses on how you can protect your own copyright. This session is led by students in the Graduate School of Library & Information Science, and we especially welcome students from all of Dominican’s graduate schools.

Wednesday, October 21st
Open Access Journals, Ed Valauskas (GSLIS), Jan Rodgers (GSSW) and GSLIS Internet Publishing students
Time: 4:00-5:30pm
Location: Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence (Parmer 115)

Open access (OA) journals are free to view, print and download; no subscription required. Many of the several thousand OA journals are scholarly, peer-reviewed publications. Dominican University is unique in offering a graduate library science class in open access journal construction, aka Internet Publishing. Come hear Dominican University faculty and students discuss their experiences creating and working on 3 OA journals: First Monday, The Journal of Global Social Work Practice and World Libraries. Through their presentations, you’ll also learn about the history and sustainability of OA journals, important OA issues such as author rights, costs, and impact factors, and why and how to publish in an OA journal.

Thursday, October 22nd
Creative Commons, Caroline Sietmann (Library)
Time: 1:00-2:15pm
Location: Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence (Parmer 115)

Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organization working to help authors choose the terms of their copyrights and to increase the amount of materials in the “commons.” CC offers 6 legal licenses authors can apply to their work as an alternative to signing away all their rights to a publisher and as a way to increase the impact of their scholarship and creative works. As more and more CC-licensed work is available on the free Web, we need to understand the terms of the licenses and how we can help students use those works legally and ethically. In this workshop you’ll learn about the licenses and how they work with copyright, how to apply a CC license to your own work and how to find CC-licensed scholarship, audio, video, photographs, learning objects and more for use in the classroom. This event is part of the Technology Bytes series.