Copyright and e-learning

Last week I had a launch party for my new book, Copyright and E-learning: a guide for practitioners, which is published by Facet Publishing. The event was held at LSE Library and it was great to see so many friends, colleagues and a few family make it. I am now featured on the LSE website, under the new publications by LSE staff section and I’m going to have a copy of my book in the prestigious cabinets in the Senior Dining Room. I must remember to arrange a few meetings near the cabinets and see how long it takes people to notice the book! Coincidentally I attended a briefing organised by JISC and the Strategic Content Alliance about the Digital Economy Act, which was passed in the run up to the general election in April this year. I managed to incorporate some last minute changes in the book to include this act, but it is still unclear how it might affect higher education. Further details about the briefing are included on the SCA blog, including links to the presentations from the speakers. There is a consultation on the obligations code until the end of this month and institutions are advised to respond. What is clear is that the Act will place a number of obligations on higher education, whether we are classed as ‘subscribers’ and / or Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and the need to provide staff with copyright advice will become more critical.

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