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==Objective==
 
==Objective==
 
Compile a list of the 10 "worst offenders" of copyright sanity. In other words, what are the universities that pose the biggest threat to free culture on their campuses?
 
Compile a list of the 10 "worst offenders" of copyright sanity. In other words, what are the universities that pose the biggest threat to free culture on their campuses?
  
 
==Criteria==
 
==Criteria==
#Student copyright policy
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=== Student copyright ===
#*What rights do students have to their work?  
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* Does the university claim an exclusive right to students' works?
#*Moreover, are they allowed to freely license it?
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#p2p filesharing policy
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=== Campus network ===
#*How willing is the university to play ball with RIAA's extortionist tactics?  
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* Are certain services or devices (e.g. p2p, gaming, network bridging, wireless access points) banned or limited from being attached to the network? What are the penalties?
#*Do they readily give up student information, or ban the student from the network? 3 strikes? 1 strike?  
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* Is there filtering limiting what sites or services students can access from the network? (e.g. Johns Hopkins blocks any access to the IP address of some major BitTorrent trackers.)
#*Do they offer services to students who are sued?  
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* Are students permitted to run anonymizing services such as [http://tor.eff.org/ Tor]?
#*What is the party line about the copious amounts of file sharing that is obviously going on on their campuses? For example, is there an internal filesharing service meant to restrict filesharing to the campus network in hopes of reducing over the internet piracy traffic?
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* How readily does the college release information about users of its network?
#Privacy / Free Speech stuff
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* If the college provides legal services for students, do they extend these services to students who are sued for copyright infringement on the campus network?
#*Is running Tor legal?  
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* Takedown policies on hosted Web sites?  
#*Can you protest easily? Do you have stupid "free speech zones" and "non-free speech zones"?
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#Open Access
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=== Open access scholarship ===
#*How receptive are the librarians / academics to open access publishing? This is a hard thing to quantify, but perhaps you guys have some better ideas.
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* Does the college maintain an institutional repository?
#Network freedom
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** If there is not a university-wide repository, are there any departmental repositories?
#*How possible is it for students to run their own servers on their computers attached to the institutional net?
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* Does the university have hiring, promotion, and tenure policies that support open access?
#*Is the network designed to block the hosting of servers?
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* Does the university contribute to open access projects (e.g. financial support, hosting)?
#*Is there policy against it?
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#*Do the networks block some IP addresses or some ports from inbound or outbound access?  (e.g., Johns Hopkins blocks any access to the IP address of some major BitTorrent trackers.)
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==== Journal literature ====
#*Does any traffic throttling happen, e.g. slowing any and all BitTorrent traffic?
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* Does the college have an institutional self-archiving mandate for faculty journal publications? Voluntary policy (e.g. "strongly encouraged")?
#*Is network bridging or the installation of wireless access points possible and/or authorized?
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* If the college has an institutional research fund(s), is there a self-archiving mandate for publications resulting from funded research? Voluntary policy (e.g. "strongly encouraged")?
#Courseware
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* Does the university have a fund for faculty who wish to publish in open access journals that charge processing fees?
#*Blackboard?
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#*Sakai?
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==== Monographs ====
#*Moodle?
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#*How well is ODF supported? For instance, are course documents and/or administrative forms offered in ODF?
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==== Theses and dissertations ====
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* Does the college accept or require electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)? Does the college mandate open access to ETDs? Voluntary policy (e.g. "strongly encouraged")?
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==== Conferences ====
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==== Research data ====
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==== Declarations ====
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* Is the university a signatory to the [http://www.soros.org/openaccess/ Budapest Open Access Initiative]?
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* Is the university a signatory to the [http://www.zim.mpg.de/openaccess-berlin/berlindeclaration.html Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge]?
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=== Class software ===
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* Are students required to use non-free software for their classes?
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* If the school uses a course management system, is it FOSS?
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=== Lab software ===
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* Are campus labs running FOSS?
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** No free OSes; no free applications running on non-free OSes
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** No free OSes; some free applications running on non-free OSes (e.g. [http://www.getfirefox.com/ Firefox] on Windows)
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** Some free OSes available (i.e. on specific machines or via dual-boot)
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** Free OSes available exclusively
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=== Open file formats ===
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* Are official documents of the college provided in open file formats (e.g. prospectus, departmental memos, meeting minutes)?
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* Are class documents distributed in open file formats (e.g. syllabus)?
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=== Web standards ===
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* Are official college Web sites standards-compliant (valid HTML, CSS)?
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* Do official college Web sites use non-free design elements (e.g. Flash)?
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=== Library digitization projects ===
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* Is the university digitizing its public domain holdings, if they're not previously available online?
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** If so, will the digital versions be openly accessible in a free file format? Will the university or its digitization partners claim copyright on the digital versions?
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* Is the university digitizing past dissertations (pre-electronic) where the author agrees? (e.g. [http://insideuf.ufl.edu/2007/09/27/digital-library-center/])
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=== OpenCourseWare ===
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* Does the university make its course materials available?
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=== Patent policy ===
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* Does the college's technology transfer office file patent applications for software patents?
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* Does the college's technology transfer office file patent applications for business method patents?
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* [http://www.essentialmedicine.org/ UAEM] / biomedical patent licensing
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=== Trademark  ===
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* Does the college claim trademark rights on its college colors? (e.g. [http://uf.freeculture.org/2006/08/29/sun-college-colors-now-afforded-trademark-protection/])
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=== Student privacy ===
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* What information does the college collect about students? How is that information used?
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=== Free speech ===
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* Free speech zones?
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=== Copyright "education" ===
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* RIAA et al. misinformation programs?
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=== Freedom of information ===
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* Can you get the college's public records?
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=== Open education ===
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=== Random FOSS questions ===
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* Is the university's Web server run on FOSS?
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* Does the university use FOSS for other applications (administrative, research...)?
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* Is software developed at the university FOSS?
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* Does the university contribute to FOSS projects (e.g. code, financial, mirroring)?
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=== Other ===
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* Notable free culture-related faculty or academic programs?
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* Other comments?
  
 
==The Hit List==
 
==The Hit List==

Revision as of 00:11, 9 October 2007

(Very much work in progress -- do not cite)

Objective

Compile a list of the 10 "worst offenders" of copyright sanity. In other words, what are the universities that pose the biggest threat to free culture on their campuses?

Criteria

Student copyright

  • Does the university claim an exclusive right to students' works?

Campus network

  • Are certain services or devices (e.g. p2p, gaming, network bridging, wireless access points) banned or limited from being attached to the network? What are the penalties?
  • Is there filtering limiting what sites or services students can access from the network? (e.g. Johns Hopkins blocks any access to the IP address of some major BitTorrent trackers.)
  • Are students permitted to run anonymizing services such as Tor?
  • How readily does the college release information about users of its network?
  • If the college provides legal services for students, do they extend these services to students who are sued for copyright infringement on the campus network?
  • Takedown policies on hosted Web sites?

Open access scholarship

  • Does the college maintain an institutional repository?
    • If there is not a university-wide repository, are there any departmental repositories?
  • Does the university have hiring, promotion, and tenure policies that support open access?
  • Does the university contribute to open access projects (e.g. financial support, hosting)?

Journal literature

  • Does the college have an institutional self-archiving mandate for faculty journal publications? Voluntary policy (e.g. "strongly encouraged")?
  • If the college has an institutional research fund(s), is there a self-archiving mandate for publications resulting from funded research? Voluntary policy (e.g. "strongly encouraged")?
  • Does the university have a fund for faculty who wish to publish in open access journals that charge processing fees?

Monographs

Theses and dissertations

  • Does the college accept or require electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)? Does the college mandate open access to ETDs? Voluntary policy (e.g. "strongly encouraged")?

Conferences

Research data

Declarations

Class software

  • Are students required to use non-free software for their classes?
  • If the school uses a course management system, is it FOSS?

Lab software

  • Are campus labs running FOSS?
    • No free OSes; no free applications running on non-free OSes
    • No free OSes; some free applications running on non-free OSes (e.g. Firefox on Windows)
    • Some free OSes available (i.e. on specific machines or via dual-boot)
    • Free OSes available exclusively

Open file formats

  • Are official documents of the college provided in open file formats (e.g. prospectus, departmental memos, meeting minutes)?
  • Are class documents distributed in open file formats (e.g. syllabus)?

Web standards

  • Are official college Web sites standards-compliant (valid HTML, CSS)?
  • Do official college Web sites use non-free design elements (e.g. Flash)?

Library digitization projects

  • Is the university digitizing its public domain holdings, if they're not previously available online?
    • If so, will the digital versions be openly accessible in a free file format? Will the university or its digitization partners claim copyright on the digital versions?
  • Is the university digitizing past dissertations (pre-electronic) where the author agrees? (e.g. [1])

OpenCourseWare

  • Does the university make its course materials available?

Patent policy

  • Does the college's technology transfer office file patent applications for software patents?
  • Does the college's technology transfer office file patent applications for business method patents?
  • UAEM / biomedical patent licensing

Trademark

  • Does the college claim trademark rights on its college colors? (e.g. [2])

Student privacy

  • What information does the college collect about students? How is that information used?

Free speech

  • Free speech zones?

Copyright "education"

  • RIAA et al. misinformation programs?

Freedom of information

  • Can you get the college's public records?

Open education

Random FOSS questions

  • Is the university's Web server run on FOSS?
  • Does the university use FOSS for other applications (administrative, research...)?
  • Is software developed at the university FOSS?
  • Does the university contribute to FOSS projects (e.g. code, financial, mirroring)?

Other

  • Notable free culture-related faculty or academic programs?
  • Other comments?

The Hit List

Rank College Student copyright policy p2p filesharing policy Privacy / Free Speech stuff Open Access Network freedom Courseware
1 USC
2 UH
3 ...

The Good List

Rank College Student copyright policy p2p filesharing policy Privacy / Free Speech stuff Open Access Network freedom Courseware
1 NYU

The Need More information list

Rank College Student copyright policy p2p filesharing policy Privacy / Free Speech stuff Open Access Network freedom Courseware
1 UW  ? RIAA Lacky, forwards settlement letters and heps RIAA find students  ?  ?  ? Depends on department
2 SU Law  ?  ?  ? Not part of Open Access Law Program but moving in that direction  ? no ODF almost all docs are Mircosoft word or PDF from Westlaw
3