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  • Subject: ICSTI: news items
  • From: Pete Strickland <ps@iucr.org>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Oct 2004 08:48:32 +0100
  • Organization: IUCr
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Subject: German funding of OA project
Date: Monday 04 October 2004 2:12 pm
From: Barry Mahon <barry.mahon@IOL.IE>

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From: "Michael Fraser" <mike.fraser@computing-services.oxford.ac.uk>
Subject: eSciDoc
Date: Mon, 04 Oct 2004 11:34:24 +0100

German government funds OA initiative

FIZ Karlsruhe and Max Planck Society get 4.2m to develop a collaborative
scientific research and funding platform

By Bobby Pickering [01-10-2004]

The German government has awarded Euro 6.1m (4.2m) to STM publisher FIZ
Karlsruhe and the Max Planck Society (MPS) to develop a platform for
web-based collaborative scientific work and self-publishing. [...]



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Subject: Fwd: Open access questionnaire: Call for respondents
Date: Monday 04 October 2004 2:12 pm
From: Barry Mahon <barry.mahon@IOL.IE>


If you are interested in replying.....

Bye, Barry

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From: "Alma Swan" <a.swan@talk21.com>
Subject: Open access questionnaire: Call for respondents
Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2004 16:56:10 +0100

Dear Colleague,

Open access to scholarly journal articles is a topic of growing importance.
Open access enables free and immediate electronic access to a scholar's
work. Studies show that open access increases the impact of - and number of
citations to - work made accessible in this way.

We are interested in understanding scholars' views on open access publishing
and self-archiving and would very much like to hear your opinions. Please
would you help by completing the questionnaire at
http://www.keyperspectives.co.uk/OA/sarchiv.htm.  It will be used to inform
universities, research funders and scholars themselves of the state of play
and how open access is progressing.

Naturally, all responses will be treated as confidential and you may opt to
remain anonymous if you wish.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. We do value your input and

Yours sincerely,

Alma Swan, PhD
Key Perspectives Ltd
United Kingdom

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Subject: Apple to test music licensing 'rules'...
Date: Monday 04 October 2004 2:12 pm
From: Barry Mahon <barry.mahon@IOL.IE>


This item is interesting because it shows that the music industry appears to 
be tougher on the IPR considerations than the text publishing world....

Apple yesterday confirmed that it will open the promised pan-European version 
of its iTunes Music Store in October 2004.

Speaking at the Popkomm show in Germany, Apple's online and apps chief, Eddie 
Cue, said: "We are well on pace to launch more EU stores. We will do it next 

In June, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the pan-European store, to cater for 
buyers in countries other than the UK, France and Germany. Versions of ITMS 
for those three territories were opened that same month.

But the new store - which, according to Cue, "will cover a good portion of 
Western Europe" - may prove troublesome for the company. In the UK, Apple has 
already come under criticism from the Consumers Association because the UK 
ITMS prices are higher than their German and French equivalents.

Apple claims, not unreasonably, that the price differential arises from the 
different licensing regimes in each territory - in itself already the subject 
of a European Commission enquiry. That's certainly true - it's one of the 
reasons why CDs are priced differently in different European nations and the 
US, for example.

However, Apple's refusal to allow, say, UK buyers to acquire songs from the 
French store, may run contrary to European Union single-market regulations. 
The fact that it's going to open a 'borderless' version of ITMS for multiple 
Euro states shows that if it can submerge the different licensing regimes for 
these countries, it ought to be able to do so for others.

Yes, there's the argument about providing locally oriented content in the 
correct language. But if the French and German sites are about that, why do 
big music markets like Italy and the Netherlands not get their own sites?

There are clear logistical and practical reasons why they don't, from the cost 
to Apple of setting up and staffing individual ITMS storefronts, through 
local labels' keenness (or lack of it) on licensing localised content, to the 
relative willingness and ability of those nations' online music buyers to 
work in English. But there's no doubt that such a 'generic' store weakens the 
arguments for imposing the company's 'one country, one store' rule elsewhere.

Bye, Barry



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