Intellectual Property:

State out to ensure artists get royalites (South Africa)

Amendments to Copyright Act in the Pipeline (South Africa)

Wikipedia refuses to delete photo as 'monkey owns it'

Creating full-text searchable database of copyrighted works is “fair use” (in USA)


Traditional Knowledge:

WIPO General Assembly 2014: Hard Decisions on the Design Law Treaty and Treaty for Protection of Genetic Resources

International Day of World’s Indigenous People (9 August 2014)


Open Access, A2K & Scholarly Communication:

National Women’s Day in South Africa (9 August 2014)

Open Access and Women’s Health

Open Access Feminist Journals

Public Access  - Getting More Research to More People

World Academy of Sciences Funds Open Access in Developing Countries

IEEE to Launch Peer Reviewed Open Access Journal, IEEE Life Sciences Letters, a Global Forum for Timely Publication of Scientific Manuscripts

Open-access website gets tough

Is Open Access a Cause or an Effect?


Open Educational Resources:

E-Learning Africa Newsletter



Conference Alert:

Law Via The Internet Conference: LVI 2014 – Africa

29th September to 1st October 2014 – Cape Town, South Africa

The Law via the Internet conference is the key annual event gathering an international and diverse group of specialists in the publication and dissemination of legal information for free and open access. This international conference provides an opportunity to be part of the legal community that advocates for free access to legal information and has an impact on open access to legal information. It will also allow dialogue on free access to law to continue, building the knowledge base and capacity to inform policy decisions of the Free Access to Law Movement and other countries.   The LVI Conference provides a platform for key issues to be explored and debated. Delegates to the conference include legal publishers, legal academics, researchers and scientists, information scientists, regulatory professionals, law librarians amongst others. They typically number around 200 and originate from more than 50 countries across the world.