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  • Elsevier’s new sharing policy harmful to authors and access to scholarly research

    Creative Commons » Commons News
    Timothy Vollmer
    20 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Today Creative Commons and 22 other organizations published a letter urging the publishing giant Elsevier to alter its newly revised policy regarding the sharing and hosting of academic articles so that it better supports access to scholarly research. Elsevier’s new policy, announced 30 April 2015, is detrimental to article authors as well as those seeking access to these research papers. The policy imposes an embargo of at least 12 months before authors can self-archive their final manuscripts in an institutional repository–with the option of these embargoes being as long as 48…
  • Care About Clean Water? Learn About Oyster Farming This Saturday May 23

    Copyright Litigation Blog
    18 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    Join us this Saturday morning May 23 at 9 am in Westhampton Beach NY to learn about how to save oysters and clean up the bay through oyster farming.   An adult oyster filters up to 50 gallons of water per day and the Moriches Bay Project has the goal of farming a million oysters to clean up the bay.  For more information about oyster farming and attending the event, please visit http://www.morichesbayproject.org/oyster-farming-breakfastwww.dunnington.com Copyright law, fine art and navigating the courts. All practice, no theory.Copyright Litigation Handbook…
  • Catalogers and Coders

    Coyle's InFormation
    11 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Mandy Brown has a blog post highlighting The Real World of Technology by Ursula Franklin. As Brown states it, Franklin describesholistic technologies and prescriptive technologies. In the former, a practitioner has control over an entire process, and frequently employs several skills along the way...By contrast, a prescriptive technology breaks a process down into steps, each of which can be undertaken by a different person, often with different expertise.It's the artisan vs. Henry Ford's dis-empowered worker. As we know, there has been some recognition, especially in the Japanese factory…
  • 3 Count: Gator Bait

    Plagiarism Today
    Jonathan Bailey
    22 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: New Law in Florida Looks to Fight Piracy, Simply First off today, Glenn Peoples at Billboard reports that Florida has signed into law the “True Origin of Digital Goods Act”, which requires sites that offer downloads or streams of music or music videos to “clearly and conspicuously disclose” the name and contact information of their operators. Though the law was drafted as a consumer protection bill, it was highly sought after by the recorded music industry under the theory that illegal sites will…
  • Author Solutions Case May Go Class Action

    Beyond the Book
    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    21 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    A class action lawsuit … Or a series of gripes? That’s the question before a familiar name in a Manhattan federal court. In the same courtroom that once heard arguments about the Apple e-book price-fixing case, Judge Denise Cote is now hearing charges that Author Solutions – a Penguin Random House company – deceived authors in order to sell them fraudulent self-publishing services. Cote will soon rule on whether the case meets the threshold for “class action” status. As self-publishing has evolved toward independent publishing, the vanity has largely gone out of most projects,…
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    Creative Commons » Commons News

  • Elsevier’s new sharing policy harmful to authors and access to scholarly research

    Timothy Vollmer
    20 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Today Creative Commons and 22 other organizations published a letter urging the publishing giant Elsevier to alter its newly revised policy regarding the sharing and hosting of academic articles so that it better supports access to scholarly research. Elsevier’s new policy, announced 30 April 2015, is detrimental to article authors as well as those seeking access to these research papers. The policy imposes an embargo of at least 12 months before authors can self-archive their final manuscripts in an institutional repository–with the option of these embargoes being as long as 48…
  • CC Tanzania expands OER and CC training to more primary schools

    Aristarik Maro
    19 May 2015 | 11:41 am
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Aristarik is an Assistant Lecturer at the Open University of Tanzania and Creative Commons Tanzania volunteer. SOO Tanzania Training by CC Tanzania under CC BY Creative Commons Tanzania through School of Open programme trained 50 pupils from Kumbukumbu primary school on the benefits of the Internet, computer programmes information/knowledge sharing, and Open Education Resources (OER). This is one of the planned activities for School of Open (SOO) Tanzania where this training was preceded by a donation of computers, chairs and tables to the computer lab as part of CC…
  • U.S. K12 State Policy Recommendations for OER: Sign Letter of Support

    Cable Green
    8 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    second grade writing class / woodleywonderworks / CC BY Achieve (a nonpartisan education reform organization widely known for its CC BY licensed OER Rubrics) has developed policy recommendations with input from its OER Institute U.S. state partners for U.S. states to use OER as part of their college and career ready implementation plans. These recommendations aim to provide helpful information and guidance for U.S. states that are interested in but have not yet begun an organized effort to use OER. The OER policy recommendations center on: States and school districts using OER as part of…
  • Vancouver Foundation announces first CC BY policy for a Canadian foundation

    Timothy Vollmer
    7 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    Vancouver Foundation has announced that it will adopt an open licensing policy by January 2017. The foundation will require that all projects and research funded through community advised grant programs be licensed and shared under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY). In addition, the foundation has pledged to license their own intellectual property–such as reports and publications–under CC BY. Vancouver Foundation is one of the largest foundations in Canada, with over $1 billion in assets, and funds projects across British Columbia in areas such as…
  • Medium embraces CC licenses

    Jane Park
    6 May 2015 | 11:04 am
    Today Creative Commons is excited to announce that blogging and storytelling platform Medium now offers the entire suite of Creative Commons licenses and public domain tools. You can read more about this great news over at Medium, naturally, in stories by both Creative Commons and Medium. In just a few years Medium has grown a thriving community of highly engaged authors and storytellers, and it’s been home to some incredible pieces of journalism covering a wide range of interests. It’s no surprise that we heard from folks in the CC and Medium community asking for the licenses to…
 
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    Copyright Litigation Blog

  • Care About Clean Water? Learn About Oyster Farming This Saturday May 23

    18 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    Join us this Saturday morning May 23 at 9 am in Westhampton Beach NY to learn about how to save oysters and clean up the bay through oyster farming.   An adult oyster filters up to 50 gallons of water per day and the Moriches Bay Project has the goal of farming a million oysters to clean up the bay.  For more information about oyster farming and attending the event, please visit http://www.morichesbayproject.org/oyster-farming-breakfastwww.dunnington.com Copyright law, fine art and navigating the courts. All practice, no theory.Copyright Litigation Handbook…
  • Art Law: From Murder To Museums - Recent Nazi Looted Art Cases - May 14 2015

    26 Apr 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Girl With Black Hair by Egon Schiele - Stolen From Fritz Grunbaum(currently at Oberlin College)THE NEW ROCHELLE BAR ASSOCIATIONInvites Members to attend a FREE 2 Credit CLE CourseFROM MURDER TO MUSEUMS: Recent Nazi Looted Art CasesWith Speakers:Hon. Barbara JaffeActing Justice, Supreme Court, 1st Judicial District, New York, NYRaymond J. Dowd, Esq.Partner-Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP, New York, NYThis free course, which includes lite dinner, is offered ONLY to our current members and is sponsored by NEW ROCHELLE BAR ASSOCIATIONWHERE:Monroe College, GADDY HALL, 380 Main Street, New…
  • European Fordham Law Alumni: Program In Paris on Nazi Looted Art June 26-27

    20 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    I will be speaking on June 27 on Nazi art looting at the Sorbonne Law School in Paris France.  If you are a Fordham Law School alum, I hope you will consider joining us!  Thanks @fordhamlawnyc & @fordhamlawintlWelcome Cocktail ReceptionFriday, June 26, 20157:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Hosted by Assistant Dean Vera Bullock7, Rue du Perche 75003 Paris ComplimentaryAcademic ProgramSaturday, June 27, 20159:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Registration 10 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. - ProgramSorbonne Law School Pantheon BuildingSalle 1 (2nd Floor)12, Place du Pantheon75005 ParisFeaturing:Dean…
  • Nazi Art Looting Program At Colorado Supreme Court - May 7, 2015

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:57 am
       Looted Masterpieces:The Ethical Implications of World War II Stolen ArtMay 7, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Introduction by The Honorable Robert Bacharach, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Presented by Raymond J. Dowd    This seminar will give attendees an overview about art looting during the Second World War and how sales of stolen works bankrolled large parts of the Nazi war machine. Attendees will also learn about laws that were passed in the wake of the looting, to return stolen art to its rightful owners, and the extent to which those laws have…
  • The Second Circuit, Nazi Looted Art, and Why Museums Are Letting ISIS Flourish

    15 Mar 2015 | 11:28 am
    Camille Pissaro - La Bergere Rentrant des MoutonsThe United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has remanded a case against the University of Oklahoma brought by a Jewish woman seeking the return of a painting by Camille Pissaro that had been stolen by the Nazis from her father.This case is one of a wave in the United States where museums have asserted statutes of limitations to hold artwork that the museums know to be stolen from Jewish families.  This violates an international agreement that the United States signed in 1998 known as the Washington Conference Principles…
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    Coyle's InFormation

  • Catalogers and Coders

    11 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Mandy Brown has a blog post highlighting The Real World of Technology by Ursula Franklin. As Brown states it, Franklin describesholistic technologies and prescriptive technologies. In the former, a practitioner has control over an entire process, and frequently employs several skills along the way...By contrast, a prescriptive technology breaks a process down into steps, each of which can be undertaken by a different person, often with different expertise.It's the artisan vs. Henry Ford's dis-empowered worker. As we know, there has been some recognition, especially in the Japanese factory…
  • The 50's were a long decade

    29 Apr 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Born in 1949, I grew up in the 50's. Those were the days of Gracie Allen ("Say goodnight, Gracie." "Goodnight, Gracie."), Lucille Ball, and Alice of the Honeymooners, for whom "To the moon, Alice!" did not mean that she could ever be astronaut. These were the models for the 1950's woman.I was always bright and precocious. Before starting kindergarten I taught myself to read the Dick and Jane books that were being read to me. My parents didn't believe that I could read so they bought a book I had never seen and I read it to them. From then on my mother's mantra was, "Karen, no one is ever…
  • Come in, no questions asked

    21 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    by Eusebia Parrotto, Trento Public Library*He is of an indeterminate age, somewhere between 40 and 55. He's wearing two heavy coats, one over the other, even though it's 75 degrees out today (shirt-sleeve weather) and a large backpack. He's been a regular in the library for a couple of months, from first thing in the morning until closing in the evening. He moves from the periodicals area along the hall to the garden on fair weather days. Sundays, when the library is closed, he is not far away, in the nearby park or on the pedestrian street just outside.I run into him at the coffee vending…
  • Real World Objects

    16 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    I was asked a question about the meaning and import of the RDF concept of "Real World Object" (RWO) and didn't give a very good answer off the cuff. I'll try to make up for that here. The concept of RWO comes out of the artificial intelligence (AI) community. Imagine that you are developing robots and other machines that must operate within the same world that you and I occupy. You have to find a way to "explain," in a machine-operational way, everything in our world: stairs and ramps, chairs and tables, the effect of gravity on a cup when you miss placing it on the table, the stars, love and…
  • This is what sexism looks like #2

    10 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    Libraries, it seems, are in crisis, and many people are searching for answers. Someone I know posted a blog post pointing to community systems like Stack Overflow and Reddit as examples of how libraries could create "community." He especially pointed out the value of "gamification" - the ranking of responses by the community - as something libraries should consider. His approach was that it is "human nature" to want to gain points. "We are made this way: give us a contest and we all want to win." (The rest of the post and the comments went beyond this to the questions of what libraries should…
 
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    Plagiarism Today

  • 3 Count: Gator Bait

    Jonathan Bailey
    22 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: New Law in Florida Looks to Fight Piracy, Simply First off today, Glenn Peoples at Billboard reports that Florida has signed into law the “True Origin of Digital Goods Act”, which requires sites that offer downloads or streams of music or music videos to “clearly and conspicuously disclose” the name and contact information of their operators. Though the law was drafted as a consumer protection bill, it was highly sought after by the recorded music industry under the theory that illegal sites will…
  • Why So Many Photographers Hate Richard Prince

    Jonathan Bailey
    21 May 2015 | 2:54 pm
    In late 2013 I found myself with a group of photographers at a conference. When I introduced myself as a person who worked in plagiarism and copyright, Richard Prince became the immediate focus of the discussion. At that time, Prince’s victory in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit was just months old. Photographer Patrick Cariou had sued Prince in alleging that Prince’s “Canal Zone” series of works were a copyright infringement. To many photographers, the use seemed an obvious case of infringement. Prince had taken Cariou’s photos and modified them slightly,…
  • 3 Count: Look at this Instagram

    Jonathan Bailey
    21 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Fight Over Sony Music’s Streaming Income May Be Headed to Appeals Court First off today, Eriq Gardner at The Hollywood Reporter Esquire reports that the record company 19 Records lawsuit against Sony Music may be headed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals as 19 Recordings has asked the court for an interlocutory appeal. The case centers around how Sony pays out royalties on music streaming services such as Spotify and Tidal. Sony classifies revenue from such streaming as sales where 19 Recordings, who…
  • 3 Count: Godzilla Attack!

    Jonathan Bailey
    20 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Godzilla Creator Sues US Studio, Alleges Copyright Violation First off today, the Associated Press is reporting that the Japanese movie studio Toho Co. has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. studio Voltage Pictures over what it sees as copyright infringement in an upcoming film Voltage Pictures is said to be working on. Toho created the iconic movie monster Godzilla in 1954 and continues to hold the rights to the character today. According to the lawsuit, Voltage is attempting to create attention for an upcoming…
  • 3 Count: En Banc Reversal

    Jonathan Bailey
    19 May 2015 | 10:07 am
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Court Reverses Ruling That Ordered Google to Pull Down YouTube Video First off today, Ashby Jones at The Wall Street Journal reports that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned its previous ruling allowing a controversial YouTube video, The Innocence of Muslims, to return to the site despite objections of the actors in the film, who had successfully gotten it removed over a copyright complaint. The case centers around Cindy Lee Garcia, an actor who says that she was deceived into appearing in The…
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    Beyond the Book

  • Author Solutions Case May Go Class Action

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    21 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    A class action lawsuit … Or a series of gripes? That’s the question before a familiar name in a Manhattan federal court. In the same courtroom that once heard arguments about the Apple e-book price-fixing case, Judge Denise Cote is now hearing charges that Author Solutions – a Penguin Random House company – deceived authors in order to sell them fraudulent self-publishing services. Cote will soon rule on whether the case meets the threshold for “class action” status. As self-publishing has evolved toward independent publishing, the vanity has largely gone out of most projects,…
  • Media in A Time of Change

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    17 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    In a recent visit to the Massachusetts headquarters of Copyright Clearance Center, Matt Turner, CTO, Media & Publishing, MarkLogic, reflected on a decade of change in media and publishing – and found cause for reassurance, even praise. “A lot of people might look back on the last ten years and say, ‘All my print revenue’s gone.  Gosh, everything’s so complicated.  I have all these websites, and I have these mobile devices, and there’s so much happening in the information industries.  I don’t know where it’s going to go.’” “I like to take it the other way…
  • E-Books Back To Earth

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    14 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Be careful what you wish for, book people. In recent years, Big Five publishers have fought to keep e-book prices out of the bargain basement, just where Amazon wanted them. With the return of so-called “agency” pricing, though, the battle may be won, but the war is not going so well. Once high-climbing e-book sales are tapering and even in some cases, descending. “After years of explosive growth, e-books are hitting a soft patch for sure—we’ve been talking about how sales have been flattening, well, now they are in decline,” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior…
  • Maximizing TV/Film Revenue, Old and New

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    10 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    At the Spring 2015 Digital Hollywood conference, many sessions explored aspects of new media, though the question of what we mean by “new” was often overlooked. Distinctions between “new” and “old” distribution platforms and formats are increasingly meaningless. When seeking to maximize distribution revenues , producers understand they must approach the challenges with two mindsets in tandem: to think like a studio, and to think like a YouTube star. Joining CCC’s Chris Kenneally for a special “think tank” seminar were: Rob H. Aft is President of Compliance Consulting LLC, a…
  • Amazon A Book Publisher Too

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    7 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Amazon and publishing are stuck together like peanut butter and jelly. The e-commerce giant built its customer base as a virtual bookshop, and for a number of years, it has even played the role of publisher. Established in 2009, Amazon Publishing is the umbrella brand for several dozen imprints, from Montlake Romance to Jet City Comics. When founding publisher  Laurence Kirschbaum – a former  chairman and chief executive of the Time Warner Book Group – left the house in 2013, many predicted its demise. Yet nearly two summers later, Amazon Publishing still puts out hundreds of new…
 
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    DigitalKoans

  • Digital Curation News (4/22/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdatamanagement

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    22 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    ORCID Identifiers: Planned and Potential Uses by Associations, Publishers, and Librarians The NDSR Boston Residents Reflect on Their '20% Projects' The Trouble With Reference Rot Digital Preservation Metadata and Improvements to PREMIS in Version 3.0 Managing the Life-Cycle of Data Can the Boston Phoenix's Digital History Be Saved? Unrecoverable Read Errors NOW AVAILABLE: DSpace 5.2! […]
  • Digital Projects Librarian at Binghamton University

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    22 May 2015 | 5:34 am
    Binghamton University is recruiting a Digital Projects Librarian. Here's an excerpt from the ad: The Digital Projects Librarian will manage digitization projects for the Libraries, upload items into the digital preservation system (currently Rosetta by Ex Libris), manage workflows and conduct quality checks, and prepare items for retrieval and display via the Libraries' discovery layer […]
  • "The OA Landscape in Summary Form: Act Now!"

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    22 May 2015 | 5:32 am
    Walt Crawford has published "The OA Landscape in Summary Form: Act Now!" in Walt at Random. Here's an excerpt: The full set of 29 subject discussions that extend this summer's Library Technology Report issue "The State of Open Access Journals: Idealism and Opportunism" has been posted, and will appear on Fridays from now through September […]
  • Digital Scholarship Librarian at Duquesne University

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    22 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    Duquesne University is recruiting a Digital Scholarship Librarian. Here's an excerpt from the ad: This non-tenured faculty position will report initially to the Director of Information Services. This is a newly created position, and the reporting line is subject to change as the position and organization develop. The Digital Scholarship Librarian incorporates support for digital […]
  • "Development of a Scale for Measuring Perceptions of Trustworthiness for Digitized Archival Documents"

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    22 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Devan Rays Donaldson has self-archived "Development of a Scale for Measuring Perceptions of Trustworthiness for Digitized Archival Documents." Here's an excerpt: This dissertation advances scholarship on trustworthiness in three ways. First, it revises an existing conceptual model for trustworthiness perception. Second, it creates an original measurement model for digitized archival document trustworthiness perception-the Digitized Archival […]
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    Digitization 101

  • CILDC & LARC Wrap-up: Innovation, Implementation & Change

    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    In  seven day period in April, I moderated a track the Computers in Libraries Conference and then spoke at the biennial conference for the Library Association of Rockland County (NY) (LARC).  I also was in the same hotel as President Obama, who was attending the White House Correspondents Dinner at the Washington Hilton, and I visited the grounds around Lafayette Square and the extended White House complex.  I was very busy and here is what I learned.In a sample size of 80-100, most librarians did not consider themselves innovative.   This was shocking.  We have been…
  • LARC: Creating Sparks that Light Our Profession

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Today (April 30) I gave the keynote address for the Library Association of Rockland County (NY) bi-annual conference in Suffern, NY.  Below is the description of my talk and my written text.  While I didn't give the talk exactly as written (in fact, I rearanged it!), I promised Tracy Allen (president of LARC) to post this, so she could share it with others.Description:  That spark that lights our profession is innovation and, without it, our profession will become irrelevant.   With innovation, we will continue to meet the needs of our communities.  Our…
  • LARC: Tech for Teens: After School Program Apps for Teens and Tween Librarians

    30 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Claire Moore from Darien (CT) Public Library  They infused technology into their new building, for example in the children's area:Mounted iPadsEarly literacy iPadsiPad storytime integration including Spanish language storytimeIn addition they circulate iPads.Creation in the library for children and caregivers:STEMArt seriesBook groups Collaboration with MoMA (Museum of Modern Art):Museum passesArt tablets for adults Artist space - artist in residenceSpecial programsArt eBooksCan they fuse Art and technology together to allow children to express themselves creatively?What is…
  • LARC: Digital Storytime: What will work for your patrons

    30 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    Amanda Schiavulli from the Finger Lakes Library System is presenting at the Library Association of Rockland County (NY) Conference.All Tablet Tales resources are available at http://www.flls.org/storytimeresources/#tablettales. Amanda's presentation will be on this website.Family Literacy Grant, 2013-2016 - Summer Reading at NY Libraries through Public Library Sustems:Year 1 - Unbound Media - used various PlayawaysYear 2 - Tablet Tales - iPads Year 3 - GamingIn year 2, FLLS hired a trainer and found other resources:Http://little lit.comhttps://anneslibrarylife.wordpress.comFLLS has…
  • CILDC : National Digital Stewardship Residency Program

    28 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Kristopher Nelson and George CoulbourneGeorge Coulbourne - Library of Congress Began planning the residency in 2013.  The NDSR pilot was had 10 residents,who have not been out of school for more than two years.  Began with a two week immersion program, then a nine months program,in cousin professional development and conference attendance. The NDSR mission:Create a community of professionalsAdvance our capabilitiesMake continuing accessible digital materials84% of institutions has digital content that must remains accessible, but on 33% had dedicated staff for digital preservation.
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    Dear Rich: An Intellectual Property Blog

  • Band Wants to Add New Members

    The Dear Rich Staff
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I'm in a band that has an incomplete lineup at the moment. Right now it is just 3 of us (2 guitar players, 1 drummer). We have a good handful of songs fully written and arranged. In the meantime, we are still looking for more people to join. How would it work if we go about copyrighting our music now just to get out there as a trio? I know when you file a copyright, you can always add to it later but is there a way to make the three of us principal songwriters and have the rest of the band (once it's completed) still get credit for the music later on?Copyright is automatic so once…
  • What Do I Write to Prevent Infringement?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    18 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I read your post on How Do I Word a Copyright Disclaimer for YouTube? How about if I am the copyright owner? What should I write to prevent somebody from infringing on my content? If you want to post a warning, something similar to the following would be standard:"© 2015 [Name of Copyright Owner] This work is protected by copyright and you may not copy, distribute, or modify it. Failure to comply exposes you to legal action for copyright infringement."If you want to give your warning a more dramatic vibe, you're also free to download and post the FBI's badge-like…
  • Who Do I Have to Sue to Get a Cup of Coffee?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    13 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: The Keurig company sells coffee brewers equipped with DRM technology. The next model will discontinue the DRM as Keurig cited poor sales and consumer complaints. Another coffee company has been selling a little plastic device that allows consumers to circumvent Keurig. Are these devices grounds for a lawsuit?Digital rights management systems (DRMs) may be used to limit access to Java®, but we don't think they'll work for java. For legal and customer relations reasons, we don't think Keurig will pursue those who circumvent their technology.Keurig's…
  • Corporate Use of Lego Star Wars

    The Dear Rich Staff
    11 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I make many presentations for internal company use on topics in the range of safety, health and quality. I wanted to start taking photos of Lego Star Wars figures in different poses and staging for some of my slides. Would this be a Lucas Films or Disney infringement on the Star Wars characters? I would not be selling the presentations and they would remain in house. I would, however, be printing slides in the form of a handbook for use within the company and would therefore have the Star Wars lego characters displayed. I will also be presenting at a national trade show in the…
  • Interactive Streaming Plus Singer Imitation

    The Dear Rich Staff
    6 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I need to find out how to internet-post my own recording (cover) of some songs by a well-known Canadian singer/songwriter. There is a wrinkle. I have the ability to imitate the style of the original artist fairly closely. Not an exact duplicate, of course, but done "in the style of" the artist. I would like to find out how this would affect the permission-seeking process and if there is something special about this kind of request. My plan is to: record a capella versions of the songs; post them on a Tumblr blog with a suitable still-photo. I'm not planning to charge anyone who…
 
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    PrivacyNet

  • Florida’s Attempt to Disarm Digital Pirates

    Gordon Platt
    20 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    This week the State of Florida seeks to publicly confront digital piracy by enacting the “True Origin of Digital Goods Act.” That legislation would very simply require websites selling or providing music online to provide basic contact information like the name and address of their proprietors. The idea is that by requiring transparency, Florida would inject accountability into the process of online music sales. This very simple requirement would go some way to addressing weaknesses in the system that are manifest in the unwieldy Digital Millennium Copyright Act. While the law…
  • Just How Far Does Google’s FTC Influence Go?

    Gordon Platt
    18 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Seal of the United States Federal Trade Commission. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A new batch of correspondence between Google and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) raises concerning questions about how closely the two organizations are aligned. The report details an email request from a senior lobbyist at Google on March 23rd, advising the FTC to release a clarifying statement about its dismissal of an antitrust case against the search giant. Within 48 hours that statement appeared, Of course, it’s not uncommon for a company’s policy-makers to air their views to those who matter. In…
  • Unwanted Records Keep Coming for Game of Thrones

    Gordon Platt
    14 May 2015 | 10:12 am
    English: Part of the A Game Of Thrones board game in progress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) It’s HBO’s flagship show, but Game of Thrones brings with it a long line of piracy records that the company could do without. Following consecutive years atop the annual list of most pirated TV shows, the fantasy series has now set a record for real time piracy, with 2.2 million downloads within 12 hours of its most recent episode going to air. If the vast land that pirates inhabit has a capital, it’s name is almost certainly Westeros. The record comes at a time when HBO is trying to…
  • Twitter’s Dick Costolo is a Bad Winner During Big Fight Piracy

    Gordon Platt
    5 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    It seems our analysis last week of piracy’s latest trend, live streaming apps, hit home a little quicker than expected. The blockbuster fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao over the weekend proved to be a big hitter not only at the box office, but also on new apps Meerkat and, especially, Twitter-owned Periscope, where big fight piracy was the order of the day. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo was extremely bullish after the fight prompted some 10,000 streams of related content. Presumably – hopefully – referring to the general activity on the nascent app during the…
  • Live Streaming Apps: Piracy’s New Frontier?

    Gordon Platt
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    If you observed any of the coverage of last month’s South by Southwest gathering, it’s likely you came across the tech world’s hot new app, Meerkat. It allows iOS users to live stream video direct from their mobile device, creating a new category of content that falls somewhere between social media and a scheduled event broadcast. Whether or not Meerkat succeeds, the category it creates will continue to blossom. Twitter has already launched a competing service, Periscope, and shut off Meerkat’s access to its firehose of user data. This immediate race to build a user…
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