#Elsevier's lawyer in 2018 wrote a 166-page report on the "digital exploitation" of authors. Any word on #copyright transfers from researchers? He now works on #ResearchGate takedowns so I won't hold my breath.
The music industry (#UMG) boasts it's drowning in money thanks to #copyright and the internet. #Spotify never turned a profit.
Admittedly that's a nice origin myth: «created #GitLab from his house in Ukraine. It was a house without running water, but Dmitriy felt that not having a great #collaboration tool was a bigger problem than his daily trip to the communal well».
That's because GitLab spent in marketing about twice as much as it spent in development, 83 vs. 44 M$ in 6 months. Hard to do that without venture capital. https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/0001653482/000162828021018818/gitlab-sx1.htm#i359e99a49d03416a83f04e786aaaf108_46
Profit accounting math is fun: «revenue of $63.9 million and $108.1 million for the six months ended July 31, 2020 and July 31, 2021… operating cash flow margin… (35.8)% for… the six months ended July 31, 2021… gross profit… 87%».
States focus «on combating the theft of intellectual property and industrial trade secrets. The harassment of students and mothers and ordinary workers goes virtually unchecked».
As if #copyright wasn't *designed* to harass ordinary people.
We've been awarded $10k in services by @OpenTechFund to keep communications infrastructure independent and trustworthy! 🌐 Running your #OpenSource mailstack is about to get easier ✨ https://lightmeter.io/lightmeter-awarded-support-by-open-technology-fund/
La bozza di D.Lgs. #copyright è carta straccia, incostituzionale per eccesso di delega. Perché violare la direttiva e causare decenni di contenzioso? Cui prodest? Piuttosto meglio non fare niente.
Chissà se @dariofrance ricorda com'è andata a finire colla direttiva Barnier.
BOOOM! Nel parere reso su decreto recepimento direttiva #Copyright @antitrust_it dice che norma eccede limiti delega e testo della dirett…
I nostri auguri a @wikilaurentius per l'elezione nel Board of Trustees di #wikimedia foundation: "Una persona che crede nella conoscenza libera, che si impegna per promuovere i progetti collaborativi, le libertà digitali e il software libero" @iopensa https://www.wikimedia.it/news/lorenzo-losa-nel-board-of-trustees-di-wikimedia-foundation/
Correction: the comment was now published. It could also have been incorrectly flagged by Akismet, I'm not assuming malice. :) https://retractionwatch.com/2021/09/07/authors-object-after-springer-nature-journal-cedes-to-publisher-frontiers-demand-for-retraction/#comment-1997832
«It's definitely the publisher's prerogative to avoid carrying racist publications («statements about authors from some geographic regions which are unjustified in the generality of the conclusions»), so the rationale for the retraction is sound. It's then a matter of opinion whether it's warranted.» #nt
Looks like my comment on #RetractionWatch https://retractionwatch.com/2021/09/07/authors-object-after-springer-nature-journal-cedes-to-publisher-frontiers-demand-for-retraction/ wasn't published so here it is: «The study by Vít Macháček and Martin Srholec is misleading because it's not a study on #predatoryjournals, it's a study on #Beall's list. The authors found that most of the journals included in Beall's list are connected to certain geographies or languages. In other words, they showed that Beall's list can appear to be racist.» #nt
Posted some reflections on returning to #DebConf21 to watch my advisees @kayleachampion and @salt present their research using data from @firstname.lastname@example.org https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/returning-to-debconf
President Biden forcefully defended the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying that "there is nothing low grade or low risk or low cost about any war" and adding “I was not going to extend this forever war, and I was not extending a forever exit.” https://n.pr/3jwInId
A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of cheap books. 🧐
I can't tell whether UK publishers were serious, but the reality of #copyright post #Brexit is duller.
Although Genius lost their #copyright lawsuit https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20200811/17240345095/judge-tosses-out-genius-laughable-lawsuit-against-google-over-licensed-lyric-copying.shtml , I suspect a crackdown on #lyrics databases is still ongoing.
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