ResearchGate, a popular networking and publications sharing site, has been accused of making millions of copyrighted papers freely available.
While Elsevier, the American Chemical Society (ACS), Brill, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer are preparing to send takedown notices to ResearchGate, they have admitted that this approach “is not a viable long-term solution”. Hence, Elsevier and ACS have decided to take legal action against ResearchGate.
More information can be found on Dalmeet Singh Chawla’s news article on sciencemag.org
Caught at the tail end of Nobuko Miyairi‘s Academic Publishing Talk Series Lecture entitled “Evolving Research Tools in Scholarly Communication” : that’s Goh Su Nee, Scholarly Communication Group Senior Assistant Director, in an apron presenting NTU Libraries Menus for Science 2.0 researchers. Click on the menu to see appetizer, main course and dessert details. Bon appetit!
In this post by entomologist Alex Wild, he describes how the Creative Commons, fair use and open access have intersected in a strange mashup of rules and guidelines that actually prevent his photographs from being shared even if a scientist wanted to use them in their article. While the problem doesn’t exactly lie in the Creative Commons licenses, the rules of the open access journals do pose a problem for future scenarios, which can occur again as well.
Read more on Scientific American: The awkward copyright collision of Fair Use and Creative Commons