Category Archives: A2K

TODAY: UC OA Policy & what it means for you (UC Davis Library 10/22)

WED. OCTOBER 22nd from 1:30-3PM

Panel organized by Library at UC Davis, Shields Library, Nelle Branch Room

The UC Open Access Policy ( or was passed by the UC Academic Senate on July 24, 2013, and is going into effect for all UC campuses, including UC Davis, on November 1, 2014. The policy grants UC faculty the right to make their articles freely available to the public by depositing a pre-publication copy in an open access repository. What does this policy mean for faculty at UC Davis?

Come to this talk by Catherine Mitchell of the California Digital Library (CDL), who will describe the tools and services that CDL is developing to support the policy, and Dr. Robert Powell of Chemical Engineering, who will give background on the policy and its passage through the UC Senate.  Afterwards a Q&A panel will be held with the speakers, UC Davis librarians and open access researchers to answer questions and discuss the implications of the policy and open access.

This talk is being held during Open Access Week 2014, an annual international event to raise awareness about open access issues.

  • Catherine Mitchell and Dr. Robert Powell on the UC OA policy: talk and discussion
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
  • Shields Library, Nelle Branch Room, 2nd floor (at the far end of the main reading room)
  • 1:30-3:00pm

Questions? Contact Phoebe Ayers,

Talk tomorrow on A2K for Visually Impaired: Ruth Okediji @ King Hall, UC Davis

Talk by Prof Ruth Okediji
Date and time: Tues, 10/21, Noon to 1pm
Location: King Hall, Room 1001
Title: The Road To Marrakesh: Toward a new global synthesis of intellectual property and the public interest?

Abstract: The Marrakesh treaty to facilitate access to Published Works by Visually impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities (ViP treaty) is the first intellectual property agreement establishing minimum, mandatory exceptions to the rights granted to authors and owners of knowledge goods. the ViP treaty aims to eliminate copyright-related barriers to access to copyrighted works for over 285 million blind, visually impaired or otherwise print-disabled people around the world; accordingly, it differs from all other intellectual property agreements as a humanitarian endeavor. But the ViP treaty also suggests an explicit reshaping of the structural role of the state in relation to the public welfare objectives of national intellectual property policies. this lecture will highlight the political economy of the negotiating process, and the various justifications that shaped the final provisions of the ViP treaty. the lecture will also explore future prospects for achieving socially-responsible intellectual property outcomes in the global regulatory framework for knowledge goods.

On the future of e-Reserves: ‘Fair use’ decision from the 11th Circuit

Late last week the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in Cambridge University Press et al. v. Patton, also known as the Georgia State University (GSU) case. In this case, originally filed in 2008, a group of academic publishers sued GSU for copyright infringement due to the content that professors were making available to students through the university’s e-reserves, a system managed by the library.

The district court originally decided in favor of GSU which had argued that the course e-reserve content complied with fair use standards for non-profit educational purposes. The 11th Circuit has reversed this finding and remands the case to the judge in the district court for reconsideration.

A copy of the 11th Circuit opinion can be found at

A preliminary analysis of the opinion by Kevin Smith, JD of Duke University Library, can be found here

Gary Price’s infoDOCKET contains an evolving collection of reactions to the 11 Circuit decison