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  • CBS to HBO: Wait for Us!

    Copyfight
    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…
  • Art & Law in Chicago

    Copyfight
    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…
  • Kenya Ministry of ICT congratulates School of Open for transformative model of learning

    Creative Commons » Commons News
    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…
  • 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…
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    Copyfight

  • 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…
  • OpenMedia vs the TPP

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    OpenMedia have published their (crowdsourced) proposed alternative to the secret, corporate-handout TPP. Their proposal argues for respecting creators, prioritizing free expression, and using democratic (not secret) processes to determine what intellectual property regime should govern trade in the future. The agenda attempts to synthesize over 300,000 public comments and is well worth reading and spreading.
 
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    Creative Commons » Commons News

  • 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…
  • Ministries of ICT, Education, & UNESCO join to formally launch School of Open Africa

    Jane Park
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    As promised last week, here are the details around the formal launch event for School of Open Africa taking place in Nairobi tomorrow morning. SOO logo here. Earth CC BY by Erin Standley, Noun Project. Our Creative Commons and School of Open volunteers in Kenya, including CC Regional Coordinator Alex Gakuru, are hosting a formal launch event of School of Open Africa in celebration of the School of Open programs launched last month in Africa, and to announce new programs in higher education. The event will feature a panel discussion with senior government officials from the Kenyan Ministry of…
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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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    John Palfrey

  • 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

  • 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…
  • Relaunching CopyByte

    Jonathan Bailey
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    I’m sorry for the recent drought of posts on Plagiarism Today this past week. Not only have I been away at a conference, but, as we get into late October and work on my haunted house kicks into high gear, posting on Plagiarism Today slows down for a bit as I spend my working hours focused on client work rather than posting here. But, speaking of client work, I make my living doing copyright and plagiarism consulting through my business, CopyByte. While business has been solid, the CopyByte site itself has been a bit dated and unprofessional So, after several weeks of work, I’m proud to…
  • 3 Count: Reserved Reversal

    Jonathan Bailey
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Appeals Court Reverses GSU Copyright Ruling First off today, Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly reports that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court ruling in the George State e-reserve case (Cambridge University Press v. Patton), which dealt with how administrators at the college allegedly encouraged educators to use content from textbooks to crease electronic resources rather than pay for coursepacks. The publishers, which first sued in 2008, said that the use of their material far…
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    Beyond the Book

  • 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…
  • Authors As Team Players

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    There may be no “I” in team, and usually, there isn’t an author either. Authors have long prized their authority, enjoying total control not only over their writings, but also control over the reader’s experience. Novelists and others who have made the trip to Hollywood know too well the challenge – they must accommodate their imaginations to the exciting yet confining realities of a studio back lot. In 2014, writers have app developers and not movie moguls to wrestle with, yet the problem is the same: How is an author to remain true to her tale? From Melbourne, Australia, fantasy…
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    DigitalKoans

  • Digital Curation News (10/22/2014) #digitalpreservation

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Five Steps to Developing a Research Data Policy Data Descriptors: Providing the Necessary Information to Make Data Open, Discoverable and Reusable New Season, New Viewshare Preservathon: Select the Best Services and Tools for Your Audiovisual Digitisation Project Digital Curation in the Digital Humanities Data Services Librarian at Columbia University Archiving the Web: A Case Study […]
  • Vice Provost and University Librarian at Columbia University

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    Columbia University is recruiting a Vice Provost and University Librarian. Here's an excerpt from the ad: The University is seeking a dynamic individual to lead a large, complex, globally recognized academic research library system with remarkable growth in its collections in recent years and highly talented staff undertaking an impressive range of innovative professional assignments. […]
  • "PeerJ Grows Steadily With Papers, Authors"

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Phil Davis has published "PeerJ Grows Steadily With Papers, Authors" in The Scholarly Kitchen. Here's an excerpt: PeerJ is growing, publishing more papers and attracting more authors, although it is not clear whether the company is moving toward financial sustainability. In a crowded market of multidisciplinary open access journals, the success/failure of PeerJ may be […]
  • Data Services Librarian at Columbia University

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Columbia University is recruiting a Data Services Librarian. Here's an excerpt from the ad: The Data Services Librarian is responsible for providing support for quantitative and qualitative data and data applications to faculty, students, and staff, and for identifying and assisting in the implementation of emergent technologies related to data services and social science research. […]
  • "Archiving the Web: A Case Study from the University of Victoria"

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    Corey Davis has published "Archiving the Web: A Case Study from the University of Victoria" in Code4Lib Journal. Here's an excerpt: The University of Victoria Libraries started archiving websites in 2013, and it quickly became apparent that many scholarly websites being produced by faculty, especially in the digital humanities, were going to prove very challenging […]
 
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    Digitization 101

  • 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…
  • State of Delaware: Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts Act

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Likely you have already heard about this, but in case you haven't. Here is the synopsis as written into the Delaware State House Bill No. 345, which amends that State's Title 12:Recognizing that an increasing percentage of people's lives are being conducted online and that this has posed challenges after a person dies or becomes incapacitated, this Act specifically authorizes fiduciaries to access and control the digital assets and digital accounts of an incapacitated person, principal under a personal power of attorney, decedents or settlors, and beneficiaries of trusts. The Act should be…
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    Dear Rich: Nolo's Intellectual Property Blog

  • 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…
  • What the Supreme Court Didn't Say About eBooks

    The Dear Rich Staff
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I recently received a takedown notice for posting free eBooks. Why do publishers still hassle people now that the Supreme Court has said it's okay to digitize and scan books? Perhaps it occurred in a parallel universe ... but we don't find any caselaw from the Supreme Court that states it's okay to scan and distribute eBooks. Are you referring to this case in which a Court of Appeals held that it was fair use to digitize books for purposes of creating a database? That database was used for keyword searching; users could not read the books.Bottom Line Dept. It would be…
  • Game App Trademark Specimen

    The Dear Rich Staff
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: We're going to launch a game app soon and wanted to trademark the name. It's a download only and we're trying to do the registration by ourselves but we're confused about the sample they want. We're not advertising it so do we don't have ads to send. Should we just send them the whole game? Trademark examiners at the USPTO might enjoy playing your game but they won't accept it as a trademark specimen (the official name for the sample). We'd suggest that you provide a screen shot of the title or launch screen -- that's the graphic typically displayed at the beginning of a game…
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  • All “A Board” — The Difference between Directors and Advisors

    bcjb
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    If you’re an entrepreneuryou’ve probably been told that your company needs a good board. You may have overheard other entrepreneurs speak — perhaps boastfully, perhaps resentfully — about their powerful or active (or activist) boards.  But what kind of thing is this board of which everyone speaks? It is probably one of two things: a Board of Directors or a Board of Advisors. And they are two very different things. In short: The Board of Directors oversees the CEO and sets the company’s overall direction; its members are elected by an annual vote of the company’s stockholders. The…
  • Embaggen the cat, or let it out? (to NDA or not to NDA)

    bcjb
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    When first conceiving of a new startup idea, lots of entrepreneurs experience a measure of paranoia about it and start demanding that everyone with whom they discuss it sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA). My opinion is: Don’t use an NDA until you must in order to protect highly sensitive, non-public information. NDA’s protect actual secrets, not things anyone can just look up online or read about in the news. Once you’ve written some key code or developed a secret sauce that no one else has thought of, then consider assaulting people with an NDA, but not before. It turns…
  • The Company You Keep

    bcjb
    13 Nov 2013 | 7:32 am
    With few exceptions, all business should be conducted from within a company that is properly formed and organized as a corporation, a limited liability company (LLC), a limited partnership (LP) or the like. Why? Four basic reasons: a. Asset Protection. Deservedly or not, almost all businesses get sued. Forming a company around the business can shield the owners’ personal assets (and other business interests) from being attached to satisfy the company’s liabilities. b. Asset Creation. A “d/b/a” does not a company make. If you’re doing business without a company,…
  • Bi-polar IP Strategy for Startups: Protect What You Can, then Tell Everyone

    bcjb
    8 Aug 2013 | 8:02 am
    If you’re starting a company, you may wish to begin in stealth mode, keeping your business idea and plans secret for a little while. During this stealth phase, consider doing the following to protect your intellectual property: Think of a name for the company. Do a trademark search before you form a company. If it’s clean, form your company with that name and file a federal trademark application at the USPTO. Also file a state trademark application in your state. If you think you’ve invented something that’s never been done before, file a provisional patent on your…
  • Copyright Duration: How Disney Moved the Finish Line

    bcjb
    6 Aug 2013 | 2:26 pm
    This post is excerpted from Ownability – How Intellectual Property Works, now available for pre-order at a 20% discount at myownability.com. In 2002, Steam Boat Willy, the first major film in which the venerable Mickey Mouse character appears, was about to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its release. Under the copyright law in force at that time, which dictated a 75-year duration for copyrights held by companies, the copyright for Steam Boat Willy was set to expire on the 75th anniversary of its release.This would have thrust the movie into the public domain for all to copy and enjoy.
 
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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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