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How does the Brexit vote affect British universities?

Think that the Brexit vote was just some political or trade thing involving the European Union and Great Britain? Can’t imagine how it might be of interest to college students? The landmark vote may have centered on issues of trade and immigration, but it also has the potential to seriously affect college students at British universities. How?

University leaders have warned about potentially ‘damaging’ effects for higher education if the UK voted for Brexit. (Credit: Christopher Furlong, Getty Images)

University leaders have warned about potentially ‘damaging’ effects for higher education if the UK voted for Brexit. (Credit: Christopher Furlong, Getty Images)

Leaving the EU is expected to affect research funding at universities, as well as result in tuition hikes for students among other things. So have a little sympathy for your brethren across the pond. Read more

European Union copyright law leads the Beatles bootleg recordings to be released on iTunes

By United Press International (UPI Telephoto) Cropping and retouching: User:Indopug and User:Misterweiss

By United Press International (UPI Telephoto) Cropping and retouching: User:Indopug and User:Misterweiss

Have you heard about the new album from the Beatles? Sure, they broke up in 1970, but this month, Apple is set to release 59 previously unreleased tracks of bootleg recordings from the Fab Four on iTunes. Why? There’s an official “no comment” line from Apple, according to Mark Brown of the Guardian in “Beatles for sale: copyright laws force Apple to release 59 tracks.” But, as implied by Brown’s title, fans and reporters alike are speculating that the iTunes release is due to European Union copyright law.

EU Copyright

So what is the law? Norwegian Beatles blogger Roger Stormo of WogBlog explained in his December 11, 2013, post, “Beatles bootleg recordings 1963 – a copyright scheme?” that in Europe, copyright is secured for a recording upon its release. Read more