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IP Watchlist Report 2010

(a2knetwork.org): Copyright laws and enforcement practices around the world are changing rapidly. But most often, the changes are for the benefit of rights holders only, disregarding consumers' interests in fair and affordable access to educational and cultural materials. To help map global trends in this area, Consumers International surveyed 34 countries for its 2010 Intellectual Property (IP) Watchlist. None of the countries surveyed scored the top mark, for affording their consumers fair treatment in copyright law overall. Particular concerns included enforcement practices that infringe upon consumer rights, and compulsory copying levies that offer poor value for money.
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New Hope for Open Access

(insurancenewsnet.com): Publishers have raided library budgets for decades with absurdly excessive prices for the fruits of scholarly research already purchased by funding agencies and the compensation programs for scholars in the universities and institutions that conduct the research. The college and research library community has fought this exploitation with new strength and energy in recent decades. We are slowly winning back some of the access we lost to publisher profiteering. (See "Seeking the New Normal," p. 36-40.)
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iPad Launches Genuine Publishing Revolution

(nowtnews.com): In all the hype and hyperbole surrounding Apple's launch iPad, the moment's true historic significance may get lost, cautions Seth Monsen, media analyst and historian at Patterson-Forbes Partners. Monsen carefully has tracked and detailed Apple's evolution since first introduction of the Macintosh in 1984, treating his subject with strict scientific disinterest. According to Monsen, Coldly considered in strictly academic and historical terms, the iPad already has revolutionized publishing as profoundly as the invention of moveable type. The iPad has potential to usher in a era of unprecedented worldwide literacy and profound appreciation for the printed word.
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Publishing Executives to Discuss New e-Reader Content Opportunities at London Book Fair

(businesswire.com): Next week at the London Book Fair 2010, LibreDigital president and CEO Russell P. Reeder will moderate a panel discussion exploring the options and risks for publishing companies delivering e-books on next-generation e-readers, tablets and mobile devices. Titled "Devising Strategies for Devices: the Challenges of Content Acquisition and Hosting Management," the panel will include participation from executives from Barnes&Noble, enTourage Systems, Hachette Livre and Sony Electronics. The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.
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Budget strains force radical change

(libraryjournal.com): The year 2009 will be remembered as one of angst, with the economy dominating news around the world. Few libraries were immune to the extraordinary financial pressures. The library marketplace by year's end was in a weakened position, with prospects of a long recovery at best. Concern persists that even deeper budget cuts will come when federal stimulus money expires in the 2012 budget cycle. Even when the economy improves, increased funds for libraries are not likely to be at the top of the list for new spending priorities.
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