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  • Makers, Fan Art, Making it Pay

    Copyfight
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:14 pm
    An interesting article went up this week on the Make zine blog: Mike Sense on the expanding partnership between Hasbro and Shapeways. Hasbro is, of course, the giant toy-making conglomerate and Shapeways is advertising itself as "fast and affordable" 3D printing - a marketplace for people to make, buy, and sell 3D-printed products that range from jewelry to complex devices to, well, toys. Last month the two companies put together a joint-venture site, superfanart.com which they are trying to position as the "app store" of 3D fan art/toy making. The site has a submission and approval process…
  • MapWorks Learning combines OER and open data to protect threatened biodiversity

    Creative Commons » Commons News
    Billy Meinke
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Mangrove forests have been described by the World Wildlife Fund as one of the world’s most threatened tropical ecosystems. In an effort to protect and raise awareness around this problem, MapWorks Learning launched the first of what they plan to make an annual Mapathon for ecological preservation and learning. The inaugural event engaged schools, universities, and environmental groups around the world to document the health and well being of mangrove populations using the Mapping the Mangroves tool. The Mapping the Mangroves (MTM) toolkit is a project originally funded by Qatar Foundation…
  • Keys To Copyright's Kingdom: A New Glossary For Copyright Claimants, Lawyers and Judges To Decipher Copyright Office Practices

    Copyright Litigation Blog
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
      The Copyright Office has published a  draft of its next Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices (Third Edition).   Although styled a “compendium” this document is much more ambitious and far-reaching than its title suggests and will become an invaluable resource for the public, the courts, and particularly for legal practitioners who seek to protect their clients.   For litigators, it will prove an invaluable tool for understanding why and how copyright claims are registered (or not) and how to properly prepare for potential litigation by ensuring…
  • Join Us! Scholar in Connected Learning

    John Palfrey
    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 Andover Institute: 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…
  • Best of BTB: Ending World War Copyright

    Beyond the Book
    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The creative industries – and the technology companies that carry their content – may share a common customer, but little else. Where it comes to copyright law, their differences have often flared into open war. Technology companies dream of rewriting copyright law to free up content; and content creators search for ways to employ technology in their own favor to prevent piracy. As Non-Executive Chairman of The Copyright Hub Ltd., Richard Hooper is calling for a truce in the copyright wars and has suggestions for forging a lasting peace. At CCC’s US headquarters in Danvers,…
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    Copyfight

  • Makers, Fan Art, Making it Pay

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:14 pm
    An interesting article went up this week on the Make zine blog: Mike Sense on the expanding partnership between Hasbro and Shapeways. Hasbro is, of course, the giant toy-making conglomerate and Shapeways is advertising itself as "fast and affordable" 3D printing - a marketplace for people to make, buy, and sell 3D-printed products that range from jewelry to complex devices to, well, toys. Last month the two companies put together a joint-venture site, superfanart.com which they are trying to position as the "app store" of 3D fan art/toy making. The site has a submission and approval process…
  • IP Analogy to Physical Property (in Architecture)

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    An interesting note in a 7th Circuit case, M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Assocs., Inc. v. Strabala shows how judges are continuing to apply the standards of physical property to intellectual property. In this case a dispute arose over the authorship (if you will) of a building. The Seventh ruled that "design" is a form of creation of intellectual property creation equivalent to building or selling physical good. As such, it's subject to various regimes of ownership, trademark protection, and so on.
  • That Sound You Hear is the Anti-Neutrality Dam Breaking

    16 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Here's what happens when you really put people behind an idea: First, they have a lot to say to their government, and in this case it appears to be 100% opposed to special cable-company privileges (fast lanes). 1.1 million comments; approximately 1.1 million pro-Net Neutrality. And if you push really hard, you might even move the New York Times to get on the right side of the issue. An unsigned editorial piece from the Times board no less. (h/t TechDirt for both pointers)
  • Having (Mostly) Failed with Authors, Amazon Makes a Pitch for the Readers

    11 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    Last week a group of over 900 writers took out a full-page ad in the Times taking Amazon to task for its tactics. The letter was signed by some big names, including John Grisham and Stephen King, and it asks readers to write to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos telling him to "stop using writers as hostages in its negotiations" with Hachette. Amazon's previous plan had been to explain to authors just how much more money they could make by doing things Amazon's way and presumably Amazon wasn't pleased when their self-centered logic got shot to pieces. We presume this because suddenly there's a Web site,…
  • And No Kill Switches, Either

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Our friends at ISRI pointed out to me that some mobile companies are now promoting the idea of a "kill switch" that would be under the control of someone other than the user. Such kill switches are supposedly for consumer protection - disabling stolen devices - but end up being a way for manufacturers, phone companies, etc. to keep devices off the second-hand market. Kill switches per se are not bad - they just need to be under the control of the person who purchases the device so they can be legitimately disabled. Like other such technological locks, kill switches are probably under the DMCA…
 
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    Creative Commons » Commons News

  • MapWorks Learning combines OER and open data to protect threatened biodiversity

    Billy Meinke
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Mangrove forests have been described by the World Wildlife Fund as one of the world’s most threatened tropical ecosystems. In an effort to protect and raise awareness around this problem, MapWorks Learning launched the first of what they plan to make an annual Mapathon for ecological preservation and learning. The inaugural event engaged schools, universities, and environmental groups around the world to document the health and well being of mangrove populations using the Mapping the Mangroves tool. The Mapping the Mangroves (MTM) toolkit is a project originally funded by Qatar Foundation…
  • The 2nd OER Summer Camp on Luxi Island of CC China Mainland

    Jane Park
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The following is a guest post by LIUPing, members of the CC China Mainland Affiliate team and the School of Open community. Below is a description of the 2nd CC China Mainland open educational resources (OER) summer camp (30th June to 8th July 2014) for the children of Luxi Island, a remote island off the coast of China. Why did we have the 2nd OER Summer Camp? The summer of 2013 was special for the CC China Mainland team, Wenzhou Medical University and Guokr.com. These three parties co-hosted OER summer camp which was successfully initiated on Luxi Island. For Wenzhou Medical University, the…
  • CC Salon in San Francisco: Public Domain FTW!

    Elliot Harmon
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Source photo: Philipp Henzler, CC0 RSVP on EventbriteRSVP on Facebook September 9, 20146:30 – 8:30 PM Pacific timeGeneral Assembly, 501 Folsom St (1st and Folsom)San Francisco, CA 94105Public Transportation: Close to Embarcadero BART, Montgomery BART, or San Francisco Caltrain Creative Commons, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and General Assembly are excited to announce an salon on Tuesday, September 9. This informal event will be a celebration of the public domain, with discussion on the cool things people are doing with it, why it’s under attack, and what we can do to fight for…
  • Wiki Loves Monuments: bringing open to Pakistan

    Jessica Coates
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    Faisal Maseet / Khalid Mahmood / CC BY-SA Wiki Loves Monuments is one of the most successful free culture events worldwide. A global photo competition organized by local Wikimedia chapters and groups, it has been running since 2010 and has grown larger each year. For 2014, we speak to Saqib Qayyum from Wikimedia Pakistan about how the event will help promote the commons to new communities. Tell us about Wikimedia in Pakistan, and Pakistan’s open community. Wikipedia is the 7th most most visited website in Pakistan and is known by the vast majority of the more than 30 million Internet…
  • A new course on Open Research at the School of Open

    Jane Park
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    The following is a guest post by Beck Pitt, researcher at the Open University’s OER Research Hub. We are collaborating with Beck and her team to investigate attitudes towards sharing educational resources online and the impact of School of Open courses. Are you curious about what it means to research openly and what benefits it could have? Interested in how you can be open and ethical when conducting research? Wondering how openness could help raise the profile of your research? Thinking about the benefits of sharing reflections on your research? The award-winning, Hewlett…
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    Copyright Litigation Blog

  • Keys To Copyright's Kingdom: A New Glossary For Copyright Claimants, Lawyers and Judges To Decipher Copyright Office Practices

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
      The Copyright Office has published a  draft of its next Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices (Third Edition).   Although styled a “compendium” this document is much more ambitious and far-reaching than its title suggests and will become an invaluable resource for the public, the courts, and particularly for legal practitioners who seek to protect their clients.   For litigators, it will prove an invaluable tool for understanding why and how copyright claims are registered (or not) and how to properly prepare for potential litigation by ensuring…
  • Attorney Deadline: Sept 5 Federal Bar Association First Circuit Court of Appeals Admissions Ceremony in Providence RI

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    Join us at the Federal Bar Association Annual Convention in Providence Rhode Island September 4-6 and make sure you get your paperwork done NOW for the Swearing In Ceremony for the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  More info www.fedbar.org. Here are the instructions:Attendees may also sign up to participate in the Swearing in Ceremony for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit with Senior Judge Bruce M. Seyla on Friday, Sept. 5 at 8:00 a.m. Applicants to be sworn in to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit should complete and submit their…
  • Federal Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program on Nazi Looted Art

    24 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Murder, Mystery & Masterpieces: Legal Implications of World War II Stolen Art http://www.mylawcle.com/product/murder-mystery-masterpieces-ethical-implications-world-war-ii-stolen-art/September 11, 2014 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST.The problem of unrestituted Nazi looted art is one facing museums, governments and private collectors around the world. In 1998 the issue hit the front pages of the world press when District Attorney Robert Morgenthau’s seized two works at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This seizure led to the U.S. State Department under the Clinton Administration…
  • Dunnington Partner Raymond J. Dowd to Speak on Stolen Art at ABA Annual Meeting in Boston on August 8, 2014

    4 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    Dunnington Partner Raymond J. Dowd to Speak on Stolen Art at ABA Annual Meeting in Boston on August 8, 2014             Raymond J. Dowd, a partner in the New York law firm Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP, will join a panel of museum and legal experts to discuss:  “Stolen Art: Who Owns the Art Hanging on the Wall?”  The panel, to be held on August 8, 2014 at 8:30 a.m., is part of  IPCENTRAL, a program organized by the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law from August 7-10 at the Boston…
  • May Germany Launder Nazi Looted Art In New York? Federal Judge Concludes "Yes"

    7 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Pablo Picasso's Madame Soler 1905 - Stolen From Paul Bartholdy-MendelssohnIn Schoeps v. Free State of Bavaria, 13 Civ. 2048 (SDNY June 27, 2014)http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/new-york/nysdce/1:2013cv02048/409721/54  the Hon. Jed S. Rakoff dismissed a case by Jewish heirs seeking to recover Nazi looted art that had been spirited to New York, and then repurchased by Bavaria, where the stolen artwork now proudly hangs in a Munich museum.   The SDNY threw the case out pursuant to a motion to dismiss, which means that the plaintiff was deprived of…
 
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  • 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 Andover Institute: 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…
  • Recent Books: on Adolescence, Technology, Sexuality, and More

    jgpalfrey
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    A few times per year, I have been sharing a “Head of School’s bookshelf” with community members at Phillips Academy.  It comes this time in two parts: 1) six books that are among those I’ve read in the past few months and which I commend as “community reads” because of one or more connections to the work that we have underway at PA; and 2) a special list of readings about sexual education. I express my particular thanks to the members of the PA Sex Ed Working Group, who compiled the Part II listing below at my request.  I hope you might go to your local…
  • The next thing Silicon Valley needs to disrupt big time: its own culture

    jgpalfrey
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:54 am
    jgpalfrey:Fascinating reflection on diversity and Silicon Valley culture. Originally posted on Quartz: There’s a problem with Silicon Valley and the subcultures that imitate it. It’s a design bug woven into people’s identities and sense of self-worth. Influential and otherwise very smart people will deny till their last breath that it even exists. But I believe it does and should be fixed before it gets any worse. Since credentials are so important these days, here are mine. I’m a programmer, and a good one. I’ve worked at several companies that went on to be acquired and one that…
  • We’re now part of the DPLA

    jgpalfrey
    9 May 2014 | 3:04 pm
    jgpalfrey:So excited to welcome the Cambridge Public Library to the Digital Public Library of America! Originally posted on The Cambridge Room: The Cambridge Public Library is now officially part of the Digital Public Library of America or as it is informally called DPLA.  The Cambridge City Directories are now available at the DPLA.  As we digitize more and more historical materials, we’ll add more items to the DPLA. You can search the Cambridge Public Library’s collection here.  The DPLA has a nice timeline feature that you can search here. View original
  • Learning in the World: Global, Community-Based, and Experiential Opportunities

    jgpalfrey
    1 May 2014 | 1:36 pm
    As the Phillips Academy trustees are arriving for a spring weekend, we’ve been talking with a few alums and parents about our plans for the Andover Institute.  One of the three areas of focus involves expanding the global learning opportunities we offer to our students, coming together as ideas here: Learning in the World: Global, Community-Based, and Experiential Opportunities. The overall Institute plan is shaping up here.  We are targeting a launch likely in November, 2014.  Stay tuned!
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    Beyond the Book

  • Best of BTB: Ending World War Copyright

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The creative industries – and the technology companies that carry their content – may share a common customer, but little else. Where it comes to copyright law, their differences have often flared into open war. Technology companies dream of rewriting copyright law to free up content; and content creators search for ways to employ technology in their own favor to prevent piracy. As Non-Executive Chairman of The Copyright Hub Ltd., Richard Hooper is calling for a truce in the copyright wars and has suggestions for forging a lasting peace. At CCC’s US headquarters in Danvers,…
  • GlobalPost Covers World With Freelancers

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The American journalist, James Foley, reported for the Boston-based GlobalPost, an online network of freelance journalists, before he was kidnapped in 2012 and ultimately murdered by terrorists earlier this month. Last summer (2013), CCC’s Chris Kenneally interviewed Phil Balboni, president, CEO, and founder of GlobalPost, about the start-up’s efforts to prove that professional journalism does indeed have a place in a digital, mobile world. “We created our entire operation to be highly efficient, to produce high-quality content at the lowest possible cost,” Balboni said.“While we…
  • Looking on Bright Side of Book Business

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    If winter is for pessimists – all grey and cold and bleak – then summer certainly is season for sunny dispositions. In August, though, the publishing business has seemed frozen as if in mid-January. The source of the polar vortex, of course, is the ongoing slugfest between Amazon and Hachette. Yet while the book world can hardly expect a sudden heat wave any time soon, it ought to perk up from several items of heartwarming news this week. At a press conference where Barnes & Nobleannounced a partnership with Samsung to sell the Galaxy Tab 4, B&N CEO Michael Huseby discussed…
  • Up Against Amazon

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the book world, telling horror stories about Amazon is a common enough way to pass the time at conferences and receptions. The details may vary, but the plot is the same –Amazon eats publishers for breakfast. What dramatically changed this summer, however, is not the Amazon horror stories, but their arrival in the headlines and on the front pages. The focus currently is the war over pricing between Hachette and Amazon, though the antagonism goes well beyond the trade world. Indeed, academic publishers are increasingly beholden to the e-retailing giant – and growing resentful. “My…
  • The Book Fight of the Century

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    In one corner: the scrappy contender whose strongest punch is a blow to his opponent’s appetite for power and profit. And in the other corner: the towering heavyweight champion who wants to pound the contender’s prices to the mat. “I think these fighters are dancing around the ring right now,” says Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer, referring to Amazon and Hachette Book Group, now locked in a slugfest over e-book pricing. “That strategy actually benefits Amazon because – to torture the metaphor further – Amazon is the undisputed heavyweight champion. Hachette…
 
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  • Digital Curation News (8/29/2014) #digitalpreservation

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    Thomson Reuters Collaborates with DataCite to Expand Discovery of Research Data Perpetual Access and Digital Preservation at #SAA14 User-Driven Digital Preservation Digital Preservation Policy Framework: A Case Study CyArk 500 Annual Summit 2014 E-Books: The Challenges of Preservation Digital Scholarship | Digital Curation News | Research Data Curation Bibliography, Version 4
  • Director for Online Strategy at UC Davis

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    UC Davis is recruiting a Director for Online Strategy. Here's an excerpt from the ad. As a key member of the Library's executive leadership team and under direction of the University Librarian, responsible for strategic planning, design and analysis; technology research and development; and administration to oversee the Library's overall online delivery strategy and related […]
  • "Who Publishes in Top-Tier Library Science Journals? An Analysis by Faculty Status and Tenure"

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    Quinn Galbraith, Elizabeth Smart, Sara D. Smith and Megan Reed have published "Who Publishes in Top-Tier Library Science Journals? An Analysis by Faculty Status and Tenure" in College & Research Libraries. Here's an excerpt: This study analyzes the status and background of authors publishing in high-impact library science journals. Twenty-three high-impact journals were selected in […]
  • Web Developer and User Interface Specialist at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is recruiting a Web Developer and User Interface Specialist. Here's an excerpt from the ad. Working in the Library Information Technology unit under the direction of the Technical Architect for Web Content, the Web Developer and User Interface Specialist will develop and maintain data-driven and user-centered web pages and […]
  • Intellectual Property: Law & the Information Society—Cases and Materials

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Duke's Center for the Study of the Public Domain has released Intellectual Property: Law & the Information Society—Cases and Materials. Also available in paperback. Here's an excerpt from the press release: This book is an introduction to intellectual property law, the set of private legal rights that allows individuals and corporations to control intangible creations […]
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  • Monkeys, robots and copyright

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    Yesterday I recorded the first lecture in my copyright class (IST 735: Copyright for Information Professionals).  During the lecture, I mentioned that an animal - in this case, a monkey - cannot hold copyright.  This fact has come to light because of a photograph taken by a crested black macaque with equipment owned byphotographer David Slate.  As the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices notes, the work must be the creation of a human. Section 306 states:The Office will not register works produced by nature,animals or plants.Sadly, for Slate, he cannot claim…
  • Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    As announced on the U.S. Copyright web site on Aug. 19: Register of Copyrights Maria A. Pallante has released a public draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition (the “Third Edition”). The first major revision in more than two decades, the draft presents more than 1200 pages of administrative practices and sets the stage for a number of long-term improvements in registration and recordation policy. It will remain in draft form for 120 days pending final review and implementation, taking effect on or around December 15, 2014.I can see that some of this will…
  • Article: Copyright Office Rejected My Attempt To Copyright A Tweet

    5 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Gabriel Michael conducted an experiment and tried to copyright protect a tweet by registering it with the U.S. Copyright Office.  He did this to test whether a tweet - which is less than 140 characters - is copyrightable.  The answer?  No.  You can read more about his experiment and about some photographs that may not warrant copyright protection here.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
  • My summer & search committees (and some tips for you)

    4 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Every year, summer goes by too quickly.  Even now, my memories of the end of the spring semester are still fresh, even though it ended in mid-May.  Summer doesn't feel as if it has arrived until the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference, which normally occurs in mid-June (blog posts).  After that, the days move quickly, helped by days in July when I teach or interact with new MLIS students.  Now it is August 4 and the fall semester begins in 21 days.The new Syracuse University MLIS students, who will be taking their classes online, began their program with a…
  • Let's emphasize information acquisition across formats and platforms

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    In this more digital world, where people can ingest information through a variety of different media, reading is still emphasized in K-12 schools.  Educators want to create book readers; however, we should be helping students access and learn from information that is provided to them through videos, audio files, etc.  Not everyone will have reading - and by that I mean book reading - as their preferred information acquisition method.School Library SummitAt the 2014 School Library Summit in Albany, NY earlier this month, Dr. Donna DeSiato, superintendent of the East Syracuse…
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  • Can I Record Books For My Students?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I am a fifth grade teacher with five reading classes per day. Each of these classes contains a wide variety of reading abilities. When I assign a class novel, I distribute a book to each child (our media center has enough), but I also want to record myself reading the novel so that students can listen and follow along. For most of our novels I can find the audio version online, purchase it, and there aren't any issues (due to the fact that the book was already purchased and the child listening as he reads doesn't take away from potential profit from the publisher). Also, we can…
  • Who Owns Volunteer's Website Content?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I wrote for a website for many years. It was on a volunteer basis - I wasn't paid. I am now starting up my own website. I would like to repost many of my stories on my own site. Can I do that? Do I own the copyright for the material I wrote for the other site? Do I have the right to request that the other site take down my material? Assuming (1) you never executed any agreements with the website, (2) you weren't an employee of the other site, and (3) you didn't co-write any of the articles with someone else, then you would own the copyright in the material you created. That…
  • Who Pays for Performance of Cover Songs?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I’d like to start a top-40 band that will play mostly cover songs to make money while we work on our own material. I know that when music is performed, the owners and publishers of the songs played are entitled to be compensated for each performance of their song. When our band starts performing at colleges, weddings, and social clubs, who is responsible for obtaining performance rights and paying the royalties on the cover songs we plan to play? The venue, not the band, is responsible for paying for the public performance rights. Most venues have what are known as "blanket…
  • Proposed Fair Use Guidelines

    The Dear Rich Staff
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: We recently created a series of free-to-view educational webinars with an educational institute, which we would like to post online in a secured environment. The educator has included numerous images of artwork that is under copyright. Under the proposed fair use guidelines, educators, scholars, and students may use or display digital images in connection with lectures or presentations in their fields, including uses at noncommercial professional development seminars, workshops, and conferences. Are we able to use this material without getting copyright permissions for each…
  • Can't Put on Show Without Finding EIN!

    The Dear Rich Staff
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: Our local community college wants to put on a musical. The rights are controlled by a New York based company that refuses to furnish a Tax I.D. Our institution is prohibited from paying without that Tax ID. This question takes us a little out of our bailiwick, but if it means we can help put on a musical, well, what choice do we have? You might want to start by getting the proper corporate name of the business by searcing the New York Secretary of State's website. We don't think the company you mentioned is publicly traded, but if it is, you can search the SEC's EDGAR database…
 
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  • 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.
  • The Light Within

    bcjb
    3 Aug 2013 | 10:25 am
    The word “namaste” roughly translates to “the light within me honors the light within you.” Beautiful, right? A really awesome way to view the world and everyone in it. But what is this light within? Can we find it? Can we become the light within? There are voices in your head, incessantly chattering at you. They narrate your day; they have an opinion about everything. Your parents are in there somewhere, I bet. And your exes. But mostly the voices are yours. There are Oscar the Grouches in there too, always threatening to drag you into their garbage cans. They are…
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  • 102 Years Ago, Copyright Sparked Moviemaker’s Minds

    Gordon Platt
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:51 pm
    If you enjoyed our recent ride back through the history of copyright law, you’ll be interested to know that we just passed another important anniversary at the intersection of innovation and intellectual property. As the MPAA Policy Blog noted  last week, August 24th marks the 102nd anniversary of U.S. copyright protections being extended to cover motion pictures.   From Aug 24th, 1912, copyright law extended to motion pictures by the likes of Charlie Chaplin and many more.102 Lawmakers and Movie Magic Yes, way back in 1912, a fresh-faced Congressman from New Jersey was making it…
  • In a Post-Aereo World, What Next for “TV Everywhere?”

    Gordon Platt
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    If you visit Aereo’s home page nowadays, you won’t find a whole lot of activity. TV as you know it is changing Following the Supreme Court’s ruling in June that the television rebroadcast service is illegal, various last ditch tactics have been attempted to find a legitimate route to business. The PR campaign for “Protect My Antenna” continues as a fading call to action, although the very fact that SCOTUS failed to support that technology would seem to render the push redundant. Now, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down Aereo’s request to…
  • The Problem with “Piracy is a Pretty Good Deal”

    Gordon Platt
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    Earlier this month we looked at the raft of hollow excuses wheeled out by illegal downloaders whenever forced to justify their theft of content. Well, it turns out we need not have bothered, as a site called The Daily Cal just published this opinion piece on “Piracy and Morality.” What we teach the next generations about online ethics is important. | Image Credit: Sheridan Flickr Ignoring for a moment that the site must have editorial standards lower than a limbo dancer’s pole, it’s depressing to read this piece and realize that Ms. Wong wasn’t applying an ironic…
  • Copyright, a Time-Honored Tradition

    Gordon Platt
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    In running through the concept of intellectual property as a human right last week, we touched upon the roots of copyright in the U.S. constitution. A subject that warrants a series of posts all of its own, copyright has evolved a lot over the years, in response to changing standards of art, technology, and commerce. The United States Copyright Office clearly understands this and has created an interactive historic timeline of copyright law to help. The timeline lays out events both fundamental and tangential to the evolution of copyright law in the United States, from its roots before the…
  • Intellectual Property as a Human Right

    Gordon Platt
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Copyright is written into the U.S. constitution | Image Credit: Wikimedia For as long as talented individuals have pursued creativity in America, they’ve been afforded the right to claim and profit from their creations. The concept of intellectual property is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution to protect artists, inventors, and all who use their creative spirit for both love and livelihood. The Copyright Act and the First Amendment have worked in tandem since the close of the 18th century, to protect free speech and encourage citizens to pursue creative endeavors.Our country’s…
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