Response to the USask TransformUS strategic plan and fate of Prof. Robert Buckingham

The London Chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild has posted an excellent analysis of recent developments at the University of Saskatchewan.  I am reposting it here as it points to underlying problems at this university,  which remain ongoing despite the departure…

CFP: Organize and Assemble IV: The Commodification of Information Goods and Library Services

The Edmonton Chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild has issued a Call for Proposals for its fourth annual Organize and Assemble Symposium.  Submissions are due on July 4th;  this year the conference proceedings will be published in the Progressive Librarian….

McNally on the 2500 MHz Band Spectrum Auction Framework

Here is a guest posting by Michael McNally analysing the recently announced 2500 MHz Band Spectrum Auction Framework: This past Friday (Jan 10, 2014) Industry Canada released the Licensing and Technical Framework for the Broadband Radio Service (BRS) – 2500…

Submission on Tri-Agency Open Access Policy

Here is my submission to the consultation on the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy (…if you have been thinking of sending one in, note they are due today!) Submission of Prof. Samuel E. Trosow on Tri-Agency Open Access Policy Please accept…

U of T, Western decline to renew blanket licence with Access Copyright

Here is an entry written by Lisa Di Valentino, originally pubished at http://fairdealingineducation.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/uoft-western-decline-to-renew-blanket-licence-with-access-copyright   It’s just been announced the the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario have declined to renew the controversial blanket licence with collective Access…

SCC Upholds Union’s Expression Rights over Privacy Challenge

The Supreme Court of Canada has  issued a unanimous decision dismissing an appeal brought by the Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner in Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401 (2013 SCC 62).  The judgment…

Google’s Fair-Use Claim Prevails in the Google Books Case

The US District Court (for the Southern District of NY) has issued a decision granting summary judgment to the defendant in Authors Guild v Google. Judge Denny Chin has written a very straightforward and easy to read opinion that basically…