- The Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) has been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate; this bill would require ALL recipients of federal funding to make research available Open Access. Read Peter Suber's summary on the ARL SPARC site
- The fairness hearing on the Amended Google Books Settlement was held on February 18. We wait to hear whether or not the judge will approve it ... while we wait, read a summary of the hearing on Kenneth Crews' blog (incidentally, Crews was here at Northwestern a few weeks ago and gave a wonderful talk about fair use, hopefully our readers were all in attendance!) and a summary of the objections prepared by James Grimmelman and his students at NYU Law School. The Library Copyright Alliance has prepared a "March Madness" chart showing the possible outcomes of the hearing.
- The lawsuit brought against Georgia State University's electronic reserve service is proceeding very slowly through the legal system; both sides have now filed motions requesting summary judgement. See all the filings in the case on the Justia site and read an interesting newish post on this issue from Peggy Hoon over at the ©ollectanea blog.
- Peggy also had some great posts [four by Peggy and one from Jack Boeve] earlier this spring when UCLA temporarily suspended its video streaming service after receiving a letter from the AIME. Lots more to say on this issue! but these are a good start and summary of the events.
- We hope to address in an upcoming post an emerging piece of policy called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA); here's what the Association of Research Libraries Policy blog has to say about it.
CORRECTION (2010-5-15): FRPAA will not apply to all recipients of federal funding (or federal research grants), but only those funded by agencies with extramural research programs in excess of $100million. For a list of those agencies affected, see the SPARC FAQ (thanks to Sarah Shreeves & Nancy Sims for the info)