European Parliament Copyright Law

MEPs approve sweeping changes to copyright law

European copyright directive passed despite campaigning led by Google and internet freedom activists

Tue 26 Mar 2019

A controversial directive introducing sweeping changes to copyright enforcement across Europe has been approved by the European parliament, despite ferocious campaigning led by Google and internet freedom activists.

referred to as the “link tax” and “upload filter”
the “link tax”, includes new requirements aimed at making companies like Google pay licensing fees to publications such as newspapers whose work gets aggregated in services like Google News.
Publishers and artists have pushed for the clauses, arguing that they would put an end to widespread infringement on sites such as YouTube and Instagram, while companies including Google and Amazon have attacked the measure as unworkable in practice, and overbearing to the extent that it may force them to close services in Europe.

Popular YouTubers including Philip DeFranco and FBE have run videos attacking the directive, as have Twitch streamers. The Amazon subsidiary even put together a livestream featuring European legislators playing Mario Kart as they talked about the harm the legislation could do.

The campaigning reached such a level that many younger social media users ended up believing the internet would be deleted in Europe the day the legislation passed

Catherine Stihler, the chief executive of the Open Knowledge Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which pushes for open data, said the vote was “a massive blow for every internet user in Europe. MEPs have rejected pleas from millions of EU citizens to save the internet, and chose instead to restrict freedom of speech and expression online.

OER workshop on Wikipedia

archived recording from the session available here:

Tues Mar 26, 2 pm – 3 pm: First Steps to OER: Creating a Wikipedia Entry: MC 205 (2nd floor of the University Library)

Wikipedia—perhaps the biggest OER in the world!  How do students and faculty use Wikipedia for educational purposes?  How can you use Wikipedia in your classroom?

Rachel Wexelbaum will present and facilitate a discussion about Wikipedia as a teaching resource, an online community, and a center for activism.

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Please contact Rachel Wexelbaum, Collection Management Librarian, at or Plamen Miltenoff, InforMedia Services Professor, at for more information.

Adopting New Textbook

Jacobson, L. (2019, March 11). Study: Adopting new textbook doesn’t increase students’ math achievement. Retrieved March 18, 2019, from
  • Simply adopting a new textbook, even if it’s in line with the Common Core State Standards, does not result in an increase in student achievement, according to a study released Monday by the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University.

Dive Insight:

Experts have encouraged educators to take more active roles in reviewing, evaluating, adapting and even designing curricula. And previous research has shown that a strong curriculum can have a positive effect on student achievement.

Our Suggestion:

“Reviewing, evaluating, adapting and even designing curricula” is only a step away from creating your own materials for your students. Please consider our help to take the first step.

The Repository vs Opendora

repository vs opendoraThe Minnesota State System Office unleashed Opendora, a repository for Minnesota state faculty to upload and share CC licensed OERs.  Faculty will be able to search for these OERs by subject, institution, and other facets.  Opendora is open source, supports any file format, allows for searchable content, and has easy to use data entry forms to load and manage OER materials.  Check it out here:

Click here for Opendora user guide and how-to video.

St. Cloud State University folx may be wondering–what’s the difference between Opendora and the Repository?
This is a GREAT question, which we will address in more detail in our
upcoming OER workshop “Should I Publish in Open Repositories?” on
Wed April 10, 3 pm – 4 pm, in MC 205.





OER workshop on public domains

Recorded meeting: please use this link

Chat with us today,

Tuesday March 12,

11 am – 12 pm, in

MC 205


or through Adobe Connect:

Today’s OER workshop will focus on locating and crediting free, Creative Commons, and public domain licensed images and media.