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May 12, 2009, 7:58 p.m.

Kenneth Crews on copyright and openness

Kenneth Crews, director of the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia, gave a talk here at Harvard yesterday about issues of copyright, publishing contracts, and open access. He looks at these issues from the perspective of the academic world, where openness in scholarship is getting lots of momentum (including from my employer). But a lot of the same issues apply to journalists who own copyrights, do work for hire, or get entangled in less-than-reasonable contracts. What’s the best path — openness, control, or something in between?

If you want the quick version of his talk, read David Weinberger’s liveblog of it. The full hour-long video is also available, as are Crews’ presentation slides.

Joshua Benton is the senior writer and former director of Nieman Lab. You can reach him via email (joshua_benton@harvard.edu) or Twitter DM (@jbenton).
POSTED     May 12, 2009, 7:58 p.m.
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