Free the seed: OSSI nurtures growing plants without patent barriers
Amazon pulls mangled ebooks from Kindle shelves
Amazon on Friday yanked gibberish translations of classic works from the shelves of its online ebooks shop.
Digital Science transfers SureChem patent chemistry data to EMBL-EBI
Digital Science, a Macmillan company, and EMBL-EBI are transferring SureChem data on patented chemical structures into the public domain. It is the first time a world patent chemistry structure collection ...
Scientific data repositories issue call for change on funding models for data archives
Representatives of 25 organizations that archive scientific data have released a Call for Action urging the creation of sustainable funding streams for domain repositories—data archives with close ties to scientific communities.
Genome assembly in the spotlight
The largest systematic assessment the process of genome assembly is published today in BGI and BioMed Central's open access journal GigaScience. The second Assemblaton competition saw 21 teams submit 43 entries based on dat ...
Do intellectual property rights on existing technologies hinder subsequent innovation?
A recent study published in the Journal of Political Economy suggests that some types of intellectual property rights discourage subsequent scientific research.
French nuclear firm tightens safety at Niger mine
French nuclear energy conglomerate Areva said on Thursday it had beefed up safety procedures at two uranium mines in Niger after green activists said contaminated scrap metal from the facilities had been ...
Google seeks to close book in author copyright case
Google asked a US court Friday to put an end to a long-running lawsuit over the Internet giant's massive book-scanning project, saying the effort is "not a substitute" for books themselves.
Sharing patents with competitors may encourage innovation as probability for market success increases, study suggests
(PhysOrg.com) -- Firms that make a previously patented innovation accessible to competitors increase overall likelihood of improving upon that breakthrough while also raising profits for the original innovator and market ...
Research finds open-source software is actually more secure for health care IT
Globally the sale of health care information systems is a multibillion dollar industry. The vast costs, frequent failed systems, and inability of systems to talk to each other regularly attract media comment. However policy ...
WikiLeaks subpoenas spill out into public realm
(AP) -- Investigative documents in the WikiLeaks probe spilled out into the public domain Saturday for the first time, pointing to the Obama administration's determination to assemble a criminal case no matter ...
Sony eBook Store Announces Access to More than 1 Million Public Domain Books from Google
The eBook Store from Sony, together with Google, today announced it is providing access to more than 1 million free public domain books - from classics such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island to ...
Sony e-book reader gets 500,000 books from Google
(AP) -- Google Inc. is making half a million books, unprotected by copyright, available for free on Sony Corp.'s electronic book-reading device, the companies were set to announce Thursday.
Obama's CIO: Gov't data can drive innovation
(AP) -- The White House's first chief information officer, Vivek Kundra, wants Americans to have access to more government data to drive innovation and help stimulate the economy.