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  • Free Music in a Capitalist Society

    Copyfight
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    In a keynote speech that ranges from his early utopian community days with the Stooges to BitTorrent and Kim Dotcom, Iggy Pop shows he is still as with it and still as relevant as ever. Pop talks about the music business, then and now, and how he has come to understand and be happy with his place in it. For him, music is a passion and a joy and likely never will be a sensible business proposition. He does suggest that others who want to be in the business get a good entertainment lawyer, though, so they don't have to wait as many decades as he did to see the royalty checks finally come in.
  • LRMI stewardship transferred to Dublin Core Metadata Initiative

    Creative Commons » Commons News
    Cable Green
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
      Re-post from: http://www.lrmi.net/lrmi-transfers-stewardship Effective October 23, 2014, leadership and governance of the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), an education metadata project developed to improve discoverability and delivery of learning resources, have transferred from the Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons to the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI). This long-planned transfer represents a logical next step for the LRMI since the project has reached the end of its initial scope of work.  DCMI will take the leadership role in advancing…
  • 76th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: Murder, Mystery and Masterpieces: Ethical Implications of WWII Stolen Art

    Copyright Litigation Blog
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The Brandeis Association and the Queens Women’s Bar Association Present: Murder, Mystery & Masterpieces:The Ethical Implications of World War II Stolen ArtGuest SpeakersProfessor John Q. Barrett, St. John’s University School of LawRaymond J. Dowd, Esq., Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller, LLP NOVEMBER 6, 2014,  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Queens County Bar Association,90-35 148thStreet, Jamaica, NY 11435 Light Kosher Supper at 5:302.5 CLE Credits in Ethics and Professionalism. This event is free.  Registration is required for all participants beforeNovember 1,…
  • Head of School Bookshelf: The Innovators Edition

    John Palfrey
    jgpalfrey
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    On October 17, 2014, we are launching the Andover Institute at Phillips Academy.  The Institute will be a hub for innovation at PA, where our students, faculty, and others come together to explore new ideas in teaching and learning at the secondary school level.  The idea is to have a “Bell Labs” here at Andover that will help improve learning on our campus and beyond.  Congratulations to Caroline Nolan, Trish Russell, Eric Roland, and all those who have worked very hard to prepare this new initiative. Inspired by this upcoming launch, I devote this fall’s Head of School…
  • schema.org - where it works

    Coyle's InFormation
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    In the many talks about schema.org, it seems that one topic that isn't covered, or isn't covered sufficiently, is "where do you do it?" That is, where does it fit into your data flow? I'm going to give a simple, typical example. Your actual situation may vary, but I think this will help you figure out your own case.The typical situation is that you have a database with your data. Searches go against that database, the results are extracted, a program formats these results into a web page, and the page is sent to the screen. Let's say that your database has data about authors, titles and…
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    Copyfight

  • Free Music in a Capitalist Society

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    In a keynote speech that ranges from his early utopian community days with the Stooges to BitTorrent and Kim Dotcom, Iggy Pop shows he is still as with it and still as relevant as ever. Pop talks about the music business, then and now, and how he has come to understand and be happy with his place in it. For him, music is a passion and a joy and likely never will be a sensible business proposition. He does suggest that others who want to be in the business get a good entertainment lawyer, though, so they don't have to wait as many decades as he did to see the royalty checks finally come in.
  • Art & Law in Chicago

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Our friends at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago sent me an announcement for their 6th Annual Symposium that is taking place in a couple weeks. The theme this time is "Art Meets Law: The Intersection of Art and Intellectual Property" and features filmmaker and political critic Michael Moore as a keynote speaker. The event will take place at the School, 315 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, on October 24th. The Symposium will be a day-long event (8:30-4:30) with Mr Moore's keynote scheduled for lunchtime. Contact Christine Kraly (Public Affairs Director) at 312-427-2737 ext. 171 or…
  • Compare and Contrast Approaches to the DMCA

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Mike Masnick at Techdirt published two stories this past week that give an interesting comparison in approaches to handling DMCA takedown notices. First, Google came out with its "how we fighr piracy" report. As Masnick notes, there's not much new in here. He frames it as Google trying to "appease" Hollywood and notes that the studios have done a shit-poor job at managing how their content ranks in search results. Apparently SEO still stands for Somebody Else Ownsit at the big studios. Google's proposal to help with this is to include DMCA takedown notices in its rankings - at its crudest…
  • CBS to HBO: Wait for Us!

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Well, this is a surprise: broadcast network CBS has announced it too will offer a subscription service. This is good news and bad news. First, it's good that CBS is figuring out the same logic that finally hit HBO: significant (if not all) viewership growth is going to happen online. Freeing up viewers and programs from cable monopoly lockdowns is good. The bad is that there's a limited number of spaces to be had and a limited number of subscriptions that any one person is going to want. You will likely be able to pay for quite a few subscription for the cost of a yearly cable bill but I…
  • Sometime Next Year, HBO Will Become Netflix

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    For a while now I've subscribed to the argument that Netflix had to become HBO faster than HBO could become Netflix. It's said that a large percentage of people keep their cable subscriptions for two reasons: HBO and ESPN. It seems like someone at HBO has finally woken up to the idea that they could double their viewership for shows like the popular "Game of Thrones" if they provided the kinds of a la carte service that online viewers want. And now, a widely reported story (here on The Verge) says that HBO is going to roll out a full-fledged online service "sometime" next year. The devil, as…
 
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    Creative Commons » Commons News

  • LRMI stewardship transferred to Dublin Core Metadata Initiative

    Cable Green
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
      Re-post from: http://www.lrmi.net/lrmi-transfers-stewardship Effective October 23, 2014, leadership and governance of the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), an education metadata project developed to improve discoverability and delivery of learning resources, have transferred from the Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons to the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI). This long-planned transfer represents a logical next step for the LRMI since the project has reached the end of its initial scope of work.  DCMI will take the leadership role in advancing…
  • Kenya Ministry of ICT congratulates School of Open for transformative model of learning

    Alex Gakuru
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    SOO Africa Launch Nairobi / CC BY / Phillip Ranja Today the Mr. Joseph Tiampati, Principal Secretary of the Ministry of ICT of Kenya gave a speech to formally launch the School of Open Africa in Nairobi. The full text of the speech is below and also available as a PDF. In addition, a congratulatory message from Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology was delivered by Mr. John Temba, Head of ICT in Education at the Ministry. More info on the event from our announcement post yesterday. Some highlights from the speech: The Ministry recognizes Kenya…
  • Build a commons for everyone

    Ryan Merkley
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    I joined CC in June of this year, and immediately set out to update our strategy. I spent the summer working with our staff, affiliates, board, partners, and funders to understand the needs and the opportunities, and to plan for 2015 and beyond. Today, we’re focused on three strategic objectives: A vibrant commons. Supporting the CC license suite so it’s easy to contribute to the commons —from improving the experience on platforms, to enhancing our license chooser, to translating the 4.0 licenses; A usable commons. Helping creators find and reuse the content they want…
  • Open Access Button launches with new features

    Timothy Vollmer
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Open Access Button / CC BY 2.0 Today at an Open Access Week event in London, the Open Access Button was re-launched with new features “to help researchers, patients, students and the public get access to scientific and scholarly research.” The Open Access Button originally was created in response to researchers running into paywalls or other control mechanisms when they attempted to read and re-use scholarly journal articles. The beta Open Access Button–released in November 2013–documented these stymied research efforts, tracking nearly 10,000 instances of denied access due to…
  • Big win for an interoperable commons: BY-SA and FAL now compatible

    Elliot Harmon
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Move-Horizontally / P.J. Onori / CC BY Glühwendel brennt durch / Stefan Krause / FAL 1.3 This FAL-licensed photo was selected as Wikimedia Commons’ 2013 Picture of the Year. Like CC Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA), the Free Art License (FAL 1.3) is a copyleft license, meaning that it requires licensees to share their adaptations under the same license. Therefore, it’s impossible to create an adaptation that combines works under both BY-SA and FAL. Until now. Today, we’re proud to announce in collaboration with ArtLibre.org that the Free Art License 1.3 and CC…
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    Copyright Litigation Blog

  • 76th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: Murder, Mystery and Masterpieces: Ethical Implications of WWII Stolen Art

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The Brandeis Association and the Queens Women’s Bar Association Present: Murder, Mystery & Masterpieces:The Ethical Implications of World War II Stolen ArtGuest SpeakersProfessor John Q. Barrett, St. John’s University School of LawRaymond J. Dowd, Esq., Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller, LLP NOVEMBER 6, 2014,  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Queens County Bar Association,90-35 148thStreet, Jamaica, NY 11435 Light Kosher Supper at 5:302.5 CLE Credits in Ethics and Professionalism. This event is free.  Registration is required for all participants beforeNovember 1,…
  • NAZI ART LOOTING RESTITUTION SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT LEADS TO CHRISTIE’S AUCTION OF RARE ARTWORK

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    New York, NY (MMD Newswire) October 16, 2014 - Christie's auction house today announced the upcoming November 5 evening Impressionist and Modern auction of Town on the Blue River (1910) an extremely rare watercolor landscape by the Austrian artist Egon Schiele (1890-1918). The auction is the result of the successful resolution of a restitution settlement agreement with the estate of Fritz Grünbaum, a Viennese Jewish cabaret performer in (1880-1941) who died in the Dachau Concentration Camp.  Town on the Blue River (Stadt am blauen Fluss - Krumau)(1910)In 1998, the plight of Fritz…
  • Law on the Half Shell: Film Screening and Discussion On Oysters and the Law October 15 in NYC

    3 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Dunnington partner Raymond J. Dowd invites you to a screening of the internationally acclaimed documentary SHELLSHOCKED – Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves and follow-up discussion of the legal controversies brewing over oysters.  The event is to be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the New York County Lawyers’ Association (14 Vesey Street, New York, NY). Formerly known as the oyster capital of the world, New York Harbor is now bereft of oysters.  Overfishing and pollution have devastated oyster reefs worldwide, leading to their labeling as the ‘most severely…
  • Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska To Swear In New Federal Bar Association SDNY Chapter Officers October 7, 2014

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Swearing In of New Officers by The Honorable Loretta A. PreskaChief JudgeSouthern District of New York Date: October 7, 2014, 5 p.m.Location: Courtroom 12ADaniel P. Moynihan United States Courthouse500 Pearl Street Light refreshments …
  • Dunnington Partner Raymond J. Dowd’s Copyright Litigation Handbook Selected for Columbia Law School Copyright Dispute Resolution Externship

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
       Copyright Litigation Handbook (West-Thomson Reuters 2013-2014 ed.), authored by Dunnington partner Raymond J. Dowd, was selected as the text for Columbia University School of Law’s “Copyright Dispute Resolution Externship,” taught by Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP  partners David Kappos and David Marriott.  The Externship is limited to eight competitively selected Columbia Law J.D. and LL.M. candidates and is divided into classroom and fieldwork components.   Following a weekly two-hour seminar, students split into four teams of two dedicate ten hours…
 
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  • Head of School Bookshelf: The Innovators Edition

    jgpalfrey
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    On October 17, 2014, we are launching the Andover Institute at Phillips Academy.  The Institute will be a hub for innovation at PA, where our students, faculty, and others come together to explore new ideas in teaching and learning at the secondary school level.  The idea is to have a “Bell Labs” here at Andover that will help improve learning on our campus and beyond.  Congratulations to Caroline Nolan, Trish Russell, Eric Roland, and all those who have worked very hard to prepare this new initiative. Inspired by this upcoming launch, I devote this fall’s Head of School…
  • Around Andover: Dean of Studies

    jgpalfrey
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    jgpalfrey:Video conversation between dean of studies Trish Russell and dean of students Paul Murphy about academic excellence at Andover. Originally posted on Paul Murphy: I am pleased to present a quick interview with Trish Russell, Andover’s Dean of Studies. She oversees the academic program, advising, scheduling and the registrars office. She also works closely with the Academic Council to think broadly about Andover’s academic program. Enjoy! View original
  • The Web at 25: Looking Ahead to What Might Be

    jgpalfrey
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    The Web turns 25 years old this year. What has changed since Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a scientist at CERN in Switzerland, released this gift to the world in 1989? The easier question to answer might be to ask what hasn’t changed. The widespread use of the Web in communities all around the world has touched virtually every aspect of human existence, mostly for good and sometimes for ill. The way that we operate our businesses, the functioning of our democracies, how we relate to other human beings – fundamental aspects of society and welfare are different than they were a quarter-century ago…
  • The Official Launch of the Andover Institute October 17th

    jgpalfrey
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    jgpalfrey:Join us for the launch of the Andover Institute on October 17, 2014! Originally posted on : Andover Institute Launch: A Hub for Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning Please join us to celebrate the official launch of the Andover Institute on Friday, October 17, 2014. The program will feature an incredible line-up of speakers, including academy leaders, external guests, Andover faculty members, current students, and alumni. We are delighted to have Erin Driver-Linn, the Director of the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) as our keynote speaker. Focusing on…
  • Join Us! Scholar in Connected Learning

    jgpalfrey
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    jgpalfrey:A chance to join the new Andover Institute and the famed Phillips Academy math department. .. Originally posted on : As we continue to advance our Connected Learning efforts, we are seeking to hire an experienced math instructor who will support the development of online modules and work with us to explore associated teaching approaches. See the job description below- and please share it with your networks! Scholar in Connected Learning, Andover InstituteThe Andover Institute seeks an experienced mathematics educator to join a dynamic team working on taking highly successful…
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    Coyle's InFormation

  • schema.org - where it works

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    In the many talks about schema.org, it seems that one topic that isn't covered, or isn't covered sufficiently, is "where do you do it?" That is, where does it fit into your data flow? I'm going to give a simple, typical example. Your actual situation may vary, but I think this will help you figure out your own case.The typical situation is that you have a database with your data. Searches go against that database, the results are extracted, a program formats these results into a web page, and the page is sent to the screen. Let's say that your database has data about authors, titles and…
  • This is what sexism looks like

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    [Note to readers: sick and tired of it all, I am going to report these "incidents" publicly because I just can't hack it anymore.]I was in a meeting yesterday about RDF and application profiles, in which I made some comments, and was told by the co-chair: "we don't have time for that now", and the meeting went on.Today, a man who was not in the meeting but who listened to the audio sent an email that said:"I agree with Karen, if I correctly understood her point, that this is "dangerous territory".  On the call, that discussion was postponed for a later date, but I look forward to having…
  • The book you scroll

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I was traveling in Italy where I spend a lot of time in bookstores. I'm looking not only for books to read, but to discover new authors, since Italian bookstores are filled with translations of authors that I rarely see in the few bookstores remaining in my home town of Berkeley, CA. While there I came across something that I find fascinating: the flipback book. These books are small - the one I picked up is about 4 3/4" x 3 1/4". It feels like a good-sized package of post-it notes in your hand. From the outside, other than its size, looks "normal" although the cover design is in…
  • Philosophical Musings: The Work

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    We can't deny the idea of work - opera, oeuvre - as a cultural product, a meaningful bit of human-created stuff. The concept exists, the word exists. I question, however that we will ever have, or that we should ever have, precision in how works are bounded; that we'll ever be able to say clearly that the film version of Pride and Prejudice is or is not the same work as the book. I'm not even sure that we can say that the text of Pride and Prejudice is a single work. Is it the same work when read today that it was when first published? Is it the same work each time that one re-reads it? The…
  • WP:NOTABILITY (and Women)

    4 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    I've been spending quite a bit of time lately following the Wikipedia pages of "Articles for Deletion" or WP:AfD in Wikipedia parlance. This is a fascinating way to learn about the Wikipedia world. The articles for deletion fall mostly into a few categories:Brief mentions of something that someone once thought interesting (a favorite game character, a dearly loved soap opera star, a heartfelt local organization) but that has not been considered important by anyone else. In Wikipedian, it lacks WP:NOTABILITY.Highly polished P.R. intended to make someone or something look more important than it…
 
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    Plagiarism Today

  • 3 Count: Aereo Injunction

    Jonathan Bailey
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: U.S. Broadcasters Win Preliminary Injunction Against Aereo First off today, Andrew Chung at Reuters reports that Aereo has suffered yet another court setback, with a lower court judge both issuing an injunction against the service and closing the door on one of its arguments that would have kept it alive. Aereo was a TV streaming service that used a series of tiny antennas, one per customer, to capture and stream broadcast TV over the Web. It was sued by the broadcasters but claimed that, since each antenna was…
  • 3 Count: Snippet Skirmish

    Jonathan Bailey
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: German Publishers Bow To Google’s Market Power In Ongoing Text Snippets Fight First off today, Natash Lomas at TechCrunch reports that German newspaper publishers have done an about face and are granting Google a revokable license to display snippets of their content for free in Google News, this after the search giant pulled the snippets following legal action from the publishers. The publishers fought for a “Google Tax” law in Germany that would require search engines to pay for snippets of text. Though…
  • Will Google Get it Right This Time?

    Jonathan Bailey
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Two years ago, in August 2012, Google said that it would use the data compiled in its transparency report to penalize sites that were the subject of a large number of copyright complaints. However, a year after that, the Motion Picture Association of America released a study that indicated that the “pirate penalty” had caused little to no reduction in the rankings of infringing sites. In fact, the amount of traffic sent to the most heavily infringing sites dropped by so little that it was not considered statistically significant. But now Google has come back again and said, in an updated…
  • 3 Count: Long Road

    Jonathan Bailey
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Rimini Street’s Practices Remain ‘Suspect,’ Oracle Alleges First off today, Chris Kanaracus at PC World reports that Oracle is continuing to target the practices of Rimini Street, a company that provides service and support for Oracle products, despite the fact that Rimini Street claims it has changed its way since a February judgment against it. Oracle sued Rimini Street claiming that the company made illegal copies of Oracle Software as part of its support business. In February, the judge agreed with…
  • 3 Count: Hopping Ahead

    Jonathan Bailey
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Judge Tentatively Rules in Favor of Dish in Fox’s AutoHop Challenge First off today, Ted Johnson at Variety reports that a federal judge has tentatively sided with Dish Network on its “AutoHop” DVR feature, which automatically skips commercials in recorded programs. The decision comes as little surprise considering the judge has previously ruled in favor of Dish on the issue and that ruling was upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. However, the judge said that Fox may a legitimate contract claim…
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    Beyond the Book

  • The Amazon Problem

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Linus van Pelt, the resident intellectual of the Peanuts comic strip, once articulated his philosophy of life as, “No problem is so big or so complicated that it can’t be run away from.” For many years, one could argue, such was the view of book publishers when it came to Amazon. Yet the Amazon problem grew faster than anyone could run. At long last, escape is not an option. “If there is an Amazon problem, it is much bigger than the book business,” observes Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “It is a problem that we as a nation need to discuss— about how our big…
  • Fall & Frankfurt Mean Global E-Book Report Update

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    National e-book markets are like snowflakes.  No two are alike.  Emerging markets particularly engage in approaches of their own.  In India, domestic platforms lead the way; while in Brazil, Apple shows a surprising lead in eBook distribution over the usual suspect. First published in 2011, the Global eBook Report follows international market evolution in e-books, as well as the controversies and debates that inevitably surround the move away from print and toward digital. From the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair, Global eBook Report author Rüdiger Wischenbart joins CCC’s Chris Kenneally to…
  • Library Free For All?

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    “Built by the People and Dedicated to the Advancement of Learning.” So reads an inscription on the Boston Public Library façade that summarizes the aspirations of the American public library. The 19th-century BPL is as nearly a palatial edifice as any in Boston, yet above the central entrance, three words also remind all comers that the treasures lying within are “Free to All.” This week, the library of the 21st century finds technology may render those ambitions obsolete. As The Digital Reader reported, the latest version of Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) for library collections is…
  • Open Access: Who Holds the Power?

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Frankfurt is the birthplace of book fairs, and of sturm und drang –  or at least, it is the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, born in Frankfurt in 1749. Goethe embodied German Romanticism, which enobled sturm und drang – storm and stress – as the iron-hard forge of human character. In 2014, sturm und drang continues to build character in the men and women of scholarly and scientific publishing around the globe. We live in an age of changing business models and realigning roles. As governments and funders mandate open access to published research, we can feel the ground shift…
  • Frankfurt Book Fair Same But Different

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Reliably as ever, the Frankfurt Book Fair for 2014 is overstuffed with new titles from promising and established authors alike. Yet the hopeful, even sometimes buoyant mood belies a fear of the figure lurking around every corner of the business, no matter where you travel. You know who. From the media center of the Frankfurt Book Fair, Publishers Weekly senior writer Andrew Albanese and CCC’s Chris Kenneally share assessments of the crowd and conversation. Every Friday, CCC’s “Beyond the Book” speaks with the editors and reporters of “Publishers Weekly” for an early look at…
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    DigitalKoans

  • All Harvard Schools Now Have Open Access Policies

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    With the adoption of an open access policy in June by the Harvard Medical School, all Harvard schools now have open access policies. Here’s an excerpt from the announcement: Harvard Medical School adopted an open-access policy on June 18, 2014, by a unanimous vote of the Faculty Council. The new policy covers both "quad"-based and […]
  • Digital Curation News (10/24/2014) #digitalpreservation

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Running Archived Android Apps on a PC: First Impressions Weekly Web Archiving Roundup: October 23, 2014 UT College of Communication and Information Gets $2.73 Million for NSF Project Web Archiving in the United States: A 2013 Survey Digital Scholarship | Digital Curation News | Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 4
  • Digital Initiatives Librarian at University of South Alabama

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    The University of South Alabama is recruiting a Digital Initiatives Librarian. Here's an excerpt from the ad: The Digital Initiatives Librarian will work with the Marx Library Head of Reference & Instruction and the Director of the Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library to manage existing locally held digital content and to identify […]
  • Purdue e-Pubs Repository Tops 8 Million Downloads

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    The Purdue e-Pubs repository has had over 8 million downloads. Here's an excerpt from the announcement: To date, every college on Purdue's West Lafayette campus has a presence in the repository. Purdue e-Pubs continues to be a central place on campus advancing the impact of scholarship at the global, national and local level. Purdue University […]
  • Web Services Librarian at University of Texas at Austin

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    The University of Texas at Austin is recruiting a Web Services Librarian . Here's an excerpt from the ad: Organize, evaluate, develop and manage Law Library's web site, ensuring compliance with University policies and integration with the Law School's web presence. Investigate, evaluate, recommend and implement new technologies to improve search functionality, navigation, and usability. […]
 
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    Digitization 101

  • Presentations from LC Designing Storage Architectures 2014 Meeting

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    On September 22-23, 2014 the Library of Congress hosted its annual invitational meeting on Designing Storage Architectures(DSA)  for Digital Collections in Washington, DC.  According to the web site:The DSA meeting brings together technical and industry experts; LC IT and subject matter experts; government specialists with an interest in preservation; decision-makers from a wide range of organizations with digital preservation requirements; and recognized authorities and practitioners of digital preservation. Presentations from that meeting are now available at…
  • Version 2.0 of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF)

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    This announcement came to me in mid-September.  My apologies in not posting it sooner.  The event mentioned below is being held today (Oct. 20).The International Image Interoperability Framework community (http://iiif.io/) is pleased to announce the release of the second major version of its specifications intended to provide a shared layer for dynamic interactions with images and the structure of the collections and objects of which they are part. These APIs are used in production systems to enable cross-institutional integration of content, via mix and match of best of class front…
  • Wayback Wednesday: Tips to help you as you attend conferences (including a new handout)

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Among my blog posts are posts that contains tips and other information related to attending conferences.  Those posts include:Call me maybe? (Business cards)ALA conference tips from T is for TrainingConference Codes of Conduct: Why they are importantThe Cost of Attending a ConferenceWhy conferences matterBy Request: Networking Advice  Last week, I spoke at a session for the SU iSchool MSLIS students, who are interested in attending conferences. The New York Library Association Annual Conference is coming up soon (November) and so this was a good time to talk about conferences in…
  • The stratosphere in the library profession & a call for a change

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Since May of this year, there has been a conversation about how members of our profession conduct themselves at conferences.  The conversation has swirled, coalesced, and then swirled again...and its not yet done.  Rather than point you towards the conversation, which might give a splintered point of view, I want to put forth a call for a change in how the stratosphere - those held in super high regard - in our profession is created and what their obligations are.First, who is in the library profession's stratosphere?  This is an ill defined group and likely we won't agree on…
  • Blog post: For God’s Sake, Stop Digitizing Paper

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    In his blog post, Joshua Ranger argues that we should stop digitizing materials that are already in a stable format and turn out attention to those materials that are in an unstable format, like audio and video.  Ranger makes several interesting arguments, which are finding an audience that believe these arguments are worth making.  I suggest that you read his entire piece, then discuss this with your colleagues. Do you find merit in his arguments?  Are his priorities the ones that you are following?This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share…
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    Dear Rich: Nolo's Intellectual Property Blog

  • Do I Need Releases for Self-Published Photo Book?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Two shots from "Summer Weather" a photo book featuring1983 head shots of aspiring TV weather reportersby Michael Jang Dear Rich: I wanted to self-publish a small collection of my photographs of people. As I will try to sell this, do I need model releases for these old pix? Or, can I apply the 15 percent rule and somehow alter the photographs for fair use? It would be helpful to have a 15% rule to set the boundaries for copying or modifications, but unfortunately no such limitation exists in copyright law. A judge recently attempted to set a 10% standard to justify educational…
  • Let My Copyright Go: The 3D Moses

    The Dear Rich Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
       Michelangelo's original                           3D copy Dear Rich: I’m part of the open source 3D printer community and this question was posted to a forum hosting 3D designs. Someone photographed an exact replica of Michelangelo's Moses at a local college. Someone else, using software, generated a 3D version of the statue. At the college's request these 3D works have been deleted. Given Michelangelo is long dead, I would have thought that both the original and any non-transformative reproductions would be…
  • Can We Download News Clips to Use Within Our TV Show?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: We produce a nationally distributed television program for a client based on crime incidents reported in local media. After reading your article, my client claims that it is totally legal to download copyrighted television news stories from media websites and use them within the television show. Is he right? My understanding is that is television news is protected under a broadcaster’s blanket copyright and may not be used without express permission. We're not sure how your client reached his conclusion but, in general, there is no free pass for downloading copyrighted news…
  • Can I Sell Clothing Made From Copyrighted Fabric?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    silk fabric weaving circa 1914Dear Rich: This question pertains to copyright images on fabric bought from the store. There have been a lot of questions regarding this because of crafter's listings being taken down from Etsy. I believe the ones being taken down are violating copyright by using imported items or their own reproductions. My question is can we purchase licensed fabric or ribbon from a store, make it into a dress or handbag and then sell those items legally? There is a "For personal use only" statement on the salvage of the fabric. My understanding is that First Sale Doctrine…
  • Can I Embed YouTube Video at For-Profit Site?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Judge PosnerSeventh CircuitDear Rich: Is it safe to embed YouTube videos in courses that are developed for-profit? The YouTube terms and service page indicates that the embed code they offer is designed to make sharing/embedding possible regardless of use. We noticed that your email was from Canada so we must caveat our answer by stating that our answer is based on U.S. copyright law. Though similar, the two nations differ in terms of legal precedent, fair use, and educational uses, among other things. The short answer is that embedding is probably not copyright infringement but may be a…
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  • Digitally Insecure? Why We’re Our Own Worst Enemy

    Gordon Platt
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    In light of the recent celebrity hacking scandal that released compromising personal photos to the world, it’s fair to say that most of us are sympathetic to the victims of private data theft . But when it comes to properly securing our own devices, a new survey suggests that we may be as much to blame as the hackers. The survey is a joint venture between the Digital Citizens Alliance and Blackfin Security, released as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month and asking some basic questions that have some concerning answers about our collective attitude to digital data safety.
  • Here’s What’s Wrong with SoundCloud

    Gordon Platt
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Post by TechCrunch. The mission of Berlin-based streaming music service SoundCloud is to “build the leading global platform that helps artists and creators share their music & audio with the world.” It has proven to be a popular site for DJ sets and remixes, sort of like MySpace redux. And here’s the rub, as always, when it comes to DJ’s and remixes, copyright. SoundCloud has had trouble striking deals with copyright holders, and that seems to be posing a major obstacle to long term success. Things seem  to have been working out, to an extent, for…
  • A Cautious Welcome for Google’s Latest Anti-Piracy Action

    Gordon Platt
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    They say a watched pot never boils, but it seems that two years of intense scrutiny over Google’s commitment to curbing piracy may finally be making the waters bubble. In a blog post issued last Friday, the search giant outlined the a long-awaited refresh of its anti-piracy action, including an update on linking frequent DMCA infringement to lower search rankings. Under the microscope, will Google finally adapt for anti-piracy? | Image Credit: TPG In a wide-ranging update, Google covered the following actions: Improved listings of legitimate channels to access content, especially when a…
  • HBO Announcement Sets Up a Banner Year for Entertainment

    Gordon Platt
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Cable and satellite TV stalwart HBO is finally spreading its wings. Yesterday the network company responsible for countless award-winning shows, from “The Sopranos” to “Game of Thrones” and “True Blood,” announced that it will launch an Internet streaming subscription next year, for which the only requirement will be a suitably quick connection. If the last year or two has set the stage for Internet streaming companies to prove their worth, 2015 is all set to raise the curtain for the main performance. Netflix has paved the way for exclusive original…
  • Dropbox Drops the Ball on Storage Security… Or Did It?

    Gordon Platt
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Not a reassuring Dropbox tag line, in light of recent events. With almost 7 million accounts accessed without authorization this week, and possibly thousands of passwords stolen, Dropbox is still insisting it hasn’t dropped the ball on user security. In a relatively blunt blog post following various news stories floating around the tech media, the company summed up the situation for users as follows: “Your stuff is safe. The usernames and passwords referenced in these articles were stolen from unrelated services, not Dropbox.” Rather than fully reassure customers this…
 
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