Copyright & A2K Issues - 30 January 2020

This is a free online international Information Service covering various topics, including copyright, plagiarism and other IP matters, Open Access, open publishing, open learning resources, institutional repositories, scholarly communication, digitization and library matters, mobile technologies, issues affecting access to knowledge (A2K), particularly in developing countries; WTO and WIPO treaties and matters; Free Trade Agreements and TRIPS Plus; useful websites, conference alerts, etc. Archives are available at: If you would like to subscribe to, or unsubscribe from, this newsletter, please email only (N.B. PLEASE DO NOT SEND TO WHOLE MAILING LIST)  

Intellectual Property:

South Africa Warns Trump About Premature Trade Review

The Effect of Copyright Term Length on South African Book Markets (with Reference to the Google Book Project)

Articles, letters & submissions related to USTR review of South African GPS agreements

Questions and Answers about the SA Copyright Amendment Bill (updated Jan 2020)

WTO TRIPS Council: South Africa’s submission on The WTO TRIPS Agreement and the Copyright Three-Step Test

Brexit saves UK from the terrible EU copyright laws it helped create

Article 17: Both French and Dutch Implementation Proposals Lack Key User Rights Safeguards

U.S. Appellate Court Enforces Cc’s Interpretation Of Noncommercial

Pushing on the Paywalls: Extending Licensed Resource Access to External Partners to Enhance Collaborative Research


Predatory Publishing Practices:


Predatory publishing and predatory journals: a critical review and proposed research agenda for higher education

Predatory publishing resources

Predatory Publishing Practices: Is There Life After Beall’s List?



Open Access, A2K & Scholarly Communication:

Discovering millions of datasets on the web - DataSet

Let Authors Choose How to Pay for Peer Review and Publication

Is Sci-Hub Safe?

Scholarly Publishers Are Happy to Give Stuff Away If Someone Pays Them

The Machine as author -

The 2019 Altmetric Top 100

Springer Nature and OpenAIRE collaborate to further Open Science

'Access is a human right': how deaf and disabled people are transforming theatre

Cambridge University Press strikes first major read and publish agreement in Japan

The ground-breaking subscribe-to-open pilot – Berghahn Open Anthro – will flip thirteen anthropology journals to open access in 2020

Access for patients – and other ways to get Elsevier articles without a subscription

What Does Open Research Mean To You?

Open Scholarship Knowledge Base

Growth of African Research, Equity in Access and Dissemination of African content - the Catalysts (PPT)


Conferences/Summits : Call for Papers:

2020 Creative Commons Global Summit

14-16 May, 2020 - Lisbon, Portugal


IFLA OT Section – International Symposium on Robotics and AI in Libraries

8-10 June 2020 - Future Africa Campus, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Abstracts via

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Conference: Open Repositories

1-4 June 2020 - Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa



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