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    “Kids These Days”… May Know More About Copyright Than You
    (Association of College and Research Libraries, 2019-10) Sims, Nancy A.
    This chapter explores some of the different moral and ethical considerations people bring to issues of copyright, other intellectual property, authorship, ownership, citation, and attribution - and uses that exploration to suggest strategies for sharing information about copyright law that recognize the various interests of different creator and user communities.
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    Rights, ethics, accuracy, and open licenses in online collections: What’s “ours” isn’t really ours
    (College & Research Libraries News, 2017-02) Sims, Nancy A.
    This article explores common practices of cultural organizations sharing collection items online, in which rights are claimed as belonging to the organization that do not, or in which the organization creates confusion for users around who owns or can authorize use of an item.
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    It’s all the same to me!: Copyright, contracts, and publisher self-archiving policies
    (College & Research Libraries News, 2015-12) Sims, Nancy A.
    This article explores how publisher polices that distinguish between differently-formatted versions of an article do not correlate with what copyright law considers to be separate "works". Under copyright law, only substantial differences in -creative expression- will create a separate work; a manuscript has the same copyright as the identical text formatted for printing. Regardless of publisher policies, If authors retain copyright ownership, they can archive any version of an article that they wish.
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    My unpublished research was scooped?: Misconduct reveals one way copyright preserves academic values
    (College & Research Libraries News, 2016-06) Sims, Nancy A.
    Through the lens of a case of academic misconduct involving one research group publishing the findings of another, this article explores why U.S. copyright law does not protect data or ideas, and the related concepts of "idea-expression dichotomy" and the "merger doctrine". It also explains how this approach aligns with important values shared by most academics.
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    Library licensing and criminal law: The Aaron Swartz case
    (College & Research Libraries News, 2011-10) Sims, Nancy, A
    Reviews the ways that library licenses for subscription content contributed to criminal charges against activist Aaron Swartz, when he downloaded content from JSTOR on the MIT campus. (Author Note: This piece predates Swartz's death by suicide in 2013.)
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    Lies, Damned Lies, and Copyright (Mis)Information: Empowering Faculty by Addressing Key Points of Confusion
    (Association of College & Research Libraries National Conference, 2011-03) Sims, Nancy A.
    The University of Minnesota Libraries’ Copyright Program surveyed and interviewed faculty, instructors, researchers, librarians, and library employees to document their knowledge of key areas of copyright law that intersect with common academic practices. All respondents were found to have considerable weaknesses and gaps in knowledge around many key issues. The findings show that all campus populations are in need of further education about the complicated issue of fair use. Some of the findings also suggest avenues for improving copyright education efforts, such as targeting misconceptions about the relation of citation to copyright law, and tying instruction on fundamental principles to faculty authors’ ownership interests in their works.
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    "Protecting" our works - from what?
    (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) Sims, Nancy A.
    Academic library workers can be even stronger partners with academic creators by developing fluency in the many different ways copyright, intellectual property, and credit are discussed both within and outside the academy. This chapter explores one focus of that rhetoric: protection.