Copyright Clearance Center announces alternate virtual 2020 London Book Fair programming

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a copyright company, has announced its alternate digital London Book Fair 2020 programming.

Based on its decision not to go ahead with this year’s London Book Fair given global health concerns, CCC is now scheduling virtual broadcasts, webinars, podcasts and blog posts based on planned sessions for the London Book Fair. Discussion topics to be presented online include transformative agreements, Open Access, and Metadata and the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.

For the transition to Open Access to be sustainable over time, publishers are forging partnerships that will lead to frictionless, flexible, and scalable workflows for funders, institutions, and researchers. Successful collaboration among libraries, publishers, researchers, and intermediaries will also ensure diversity in the post-Plan S scholarly publishing ecosystem. Panellists will share insights into how they’ve adapted systems to support emerging needs under terms of Transformative Agreements. ‘Find the Right Combination: How Transformative Agreements Unlock Sustainable Open Access’ will be presented by Sara Bosshart, Open Access Publisher, International Water Association; Lesley Boyle, Business Development Director, Academic, Cambridge University Press; Jennifer Goodrich, Director, Product Management, Publisher Solutions, CCC; Rob Johnson, Director, Research Consulting Limited; and Niamh O’Connor, Chief Publishing Officer, PLOS.

Researchers and publishers have much in common. Spurred by the movement toward Open Access and Open Science, scholarly publishers have taken up a range of new approaches to strengthen relationships with researchers. Transformative Agreements, for example, prescribe educational programs on Open Access publishing for scholars. On their own and with third-party vendors, publishers also provide editorial assistance, social media services, and career development guidance. Attendees will learn how they too can find common ground with their researcher-contributors. ‘A Common Lot and a Lot in Common: Publishers and Researchers Today’ will be presented by Pablo Palmeiro, Vice President, Publisher and Society Partnerships, CACTUS; Rosalind Pyne, Director, Open Access Books, Springer Nature; and Kathryn Sharples, Senior Director, Open Access, Wiley.

Over the next two years, EU member states are required to adopt the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, which was enacted in 2019. Importantly for scholarly publishers (whether based in the EU or not), this Directive provides a clear and explicit formulation of the legal status of copying materials for text and data mining (TDM) and other types of information extraction. While a narrow, non-commercial exception for scientific research does exist, the Directive leaves in place critical protections around licensing. To capitalise on any opportunities, publishers must maintain clean, reliable metadata related to, for example, authors, institutions, license types, and citations. ‘Get Fit for Licensing: Healthy Metadata and the EU Copyright Directive’ will outline first steps for a metadata fitness program. This session will be presented by Duncan Campbell, Senior Director, Global Sales Partnerships, Wiley; Roy Kaufman, Managing Director, Business Development and Government Relations, CCC; and Susie Winter, Director of Communications and Engagement, Research, Springer Nature.