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Looks like the big dogs are coming out to play: Science Journal (Almost) Polices the Blogosphere

Picture from Grant Robertson. In an interesting turn of events, it was announced on Page 3.14 (the editorial blog of ScienceBlogs) that there will be an ongoing, online discussion of fair use issues here. How do copyright and fair use laws, framed before the internet was a twinkle in the eye, apply in the world…

Earlier today I noticed this blog post on a Nature Blog, (cross posted here) specifically on FnL – Euan Adie’s blog, who was overly critical of the science blogosphere’s response to the ‘Fair Use’ kerfuffle (WileyGate?). He opined that it was quite unlikely that there was any big conspiracy going on. I agree. I think…

Thats what some bloggers have suggested. Well, am I? Some may call it cowardly, but here was my response: Sorry, guess I’m not as brave as you. Perhaps its is all well and good for people to try to take a confrontation stance on these issues however my first line of defense will always be…

VICTORY! A Happy Resolution

Looks like our efforts paid off. Dear Dr Batts I’d like to introduce myself as the Director of Publications at the SCI. There has been a general misunderstanding with this issue. Our official response is below, which we are happy for you to publish: “We apologise for any misunderstanding. In this situation the publisher would…

What I Want Out of This Is…..

…..discussion. I’m not out for blood, and I’m really kinda hoping that I’ll get an email in my inbox today that says “Yes, feel free to use and discuss the mentioned graphs.” So far I haven’t, and I think that’s sad. In piling on here, and around the internet, I just want people to think…

Tomorrow the hammer’s coming down hard over the ‘Fair Use’ issue, at ScienceBlogs and hopefully around the blogosphere. Quite a few of my fellow SciBlings have pledged to post about this issue, as it affects us all (not only all of us, but all of you too.) If you were thinking about writing a post…

When Fair Use Isn’t Fair

Mark Chu-Carroll of Good Math, Bad Math has a very supportive article up summarizing my tangle with lawyers yesterday over the ‘fair use’ of a figure from the fruit antioxidant paper. In short, I was threatened with legal action if I didn’t take it down immediately. I used a panel a figure, and a chart,…

Oops, I Did It Again

Sorry, I accidentally published a post-in-progress which wasn’t finished yet (on HIV, for those that were mystified about where the rest of it was). Got a couple confused comments, so sorry bout that. Oops! You’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to see the real thing. But if you really want something to read tonight…

Thinking Blogger Awards

A few days ago I was tagged by Perfectly Reasonable Deviations as a “Thinking Blogger” which apparently comes with a nifty picture and the responsibility to tag five more bloggers for the award. The tough part is *just* nominating five blogs, I think I could easily rattle off 25 which deserve the title of Thinking…