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  • Old Tricks, New Rulings

    Copyfight
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Back in 2012, I noted that the magician and performer Teller was in hot legal pursuit of someone whom he accused of stealing his magic performance. Note that word carefully - performance is at issue here, as a judge who finally ruled for Teller last month has reaffirmed, you can't copyright a magic trick. However, the question is not whether the defendant, Gerard Dogge, stole the trick. The question is whether he is illegally copying a piece of performance that has been part of Teller's performance repertoire for nearly 40 years, according to the Hollywood Reporter story. The piece, called…
  • Project Gooseberry: Full-length CC BY animated film

    Creative Commons » Commons News
    Elliot Harmon
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Here at CC, we’re big fans of the Blender Foundation, which supports the open-source Blender 3D animation suite and produces beautiful animated films. The films are built entirely with open technologies and are licensed under CC BY. Big Buck Bunny, one of the early Blender films, raised a lot of awareness about Creative Commons licenses among animators and helped fuel the Creative Commons film movement. Today, Blender is crowdfunding its most ambitious project yet, a full-length animated film codenamed Project Gooseberry. The enigmatic trailer definitely sparked my curiosity: In this…
  • High Profile Securities Law Decisions - Chief Judge Preska and Free CLE at K&L Gates 4/25

    Copyright Litigation Blog
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    The Securities Law and Federal Litigation Sections, along with the Southern District of New York Chapter of the Federal Bar Association presentRecent High Profile Securities Law DecisionsRegisterSpeakers:Hon. Loretta A. PreskaChief Judge, Southern District of New York Mary Jane Lee Director and Associate General Counsel, Citigroup Prof. Paul Radvany Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University Law School Jorge Baez Senior Consultant, NERAStephen J. Crimmins Partner, K&L Gates LLPLiam O’Brien Managing Partner, McCormick & O’Brien, LLPSince the recession of late last decade, there…
  • FRBR group 1: the gang of four

    Coyle's InFormation
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:16 pm
    (This is a very delayed follow on to my earlier  post on FRBR groups 2 and 3. It's not that I haven't been thinking about it... and I hope soon to be able to post my talk from FSR2014 on FRBR, as well.) Parts vs. viewsEach of the three FRBR groups is defined briefly in the introduction to section 3 of the FRBR document. The second and third groups have fairly concrete definitions:group 2 "...those responsible for the intellectual or artistic content, the physical production and dissemination, or the custodianship of the entities in the first group"group 3 "...an additional set of…
  • The Spotify Lover’s Delimma

    Plagiarism Today
    Jonathan Bailey
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    As a music lover, I can’t think of a better time to be alive. Right now, my iTunes library contains nearly every song I’ve ever owned. Other than a few CDs that never got ripped, virtually any track I’ve bought, from almost any source, can be found on my computer in an easy-to-search, easy-to-locate catalog of music. But what about the tracks I never bought? What happens if Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” gets stuck in my head because one of my friends played it at open mic night? I’ve never bought a Neil Diamond CD so it’s not in my owned…
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    Copyfight

  • Old Tricks, New Rulings

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Back in 2012, I noted that the magician and performer Teller was in hot legal pursuit of someone whom he accused of stealing his magic performance. Note that word carefully - performance is at issue here, as a judge who finally ruled for Teller last month has reaffirmed, you can't copyright a magic trick. However, the question is not whether the defendant, Gerard Dogge, stole the trick. The question is whether he is illegally copying a piece of performance that has been part of Teller's performance repertoire for nearly 40 years, according to the Hollywood Reporter story. The piece, called…
  • Another Reason E-Books Suck

    5 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    A European reader wrote to tell me that in the EU, there is in inter-library loan possible for e-books. Is that also true in the US? Yet another way e-books are inferior to their physical older brothers I guess.
  • Creativity and Copyfight

    30 Mar 2014 | 4:50 am
    If you are a nerdfighter (and you probably are, or should be) then you may have seen the Vlog Brothers' short video on "I Gotta Go". In it, the hosts discuss their use of a sign-off phrase, which they've been doing for years. The brothers realize that their use of this phrase, and much of the style of their videos that they had taken to be unique to themselves, derives instead from childhood hours listening to Ian Shoales commentaries. This leads to a riff on the notion of creativity and they come around to the idea that creativity isn't a single artist locked in a room, but rather is a…
  • Another 'Ends with a Whimper'

    22 Mar 2014 | 4:59 am
    Google (YouTube) and Viacom settled their long-running copyright infringement case this week. As usual terms were not disclosed but the rumor is nobody paid anybody except the lawyers who got hefty retainers as this case made it all the way up to the Second Circuit. I think Peter Kafka has it right in the linked article where he says, "the core issues have been settled by both the courts and the market." Unfortunately, this leaves in place YouTube's odious and highly error-prone ContentID system, about which we will no doubt hear more soon.
  • Myriad Continues Fight Over BRC Genes

    19 Mar 2014 | 4:06 am
    It's often the case that the reporting on a story ends with a Supreme Court decision. That's not entirely wrong, as often a decision from SCOTUS is directive and all that remains is carrying out the proper procedures in light of what the Court has said. However, in many cases there's a great deal more to it, because the Supreme Court doesn't formally settle cases; rather, they rule on questions of laws, interpretations, and novel issues. Once they've made such a ruling the case is usually remanded back down to a lower court for further proceedings, in light of what the Court has said. Such is…
 
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    Creative Commons » Commons News

  • Project Gooseberry: Full-length CC BY animated film

    Elliot Harmon
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Here at CC, we’re big fans of the Blender Foundation, which supports the open-source Blender 3D animation suite and produces beautiful animated films. The films are built entirely with open technologies and are licensed under CC BY. Big Buck Bunny, one of the early Blender films, raised a lot of awareness about Creative Commons licenses among animators and helped fuel the Creative Commons film movement. Today, Blender is crowdfunding its most ambitious project yet, a full-length animated film codenamed Project Gooseberry. The enigmatic trailer definitely sparked my curiosity: In this…
  • CC BY 4.0 required on U.S. Department of Labor $150M grant

    Cable Green
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Creative Commons actively works to support foundations, governments, IGOs and other funders who create, adopt and implement open policies. We believe publicly funded resources should be openly licensed resources. To support these and other emerging open policy efforts, CC is about to launch, with multiple global open organizations, an Open Policy Network and Institute for Open Leadership. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has led the way in using open policy requirements in solicitations for grant requirements first with its Career Pathways Innovation Fund Grants Program…
  • Creative Commons’ Foundation Engagement Project

    Iris Brest
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:25 am
    Creative Commons received a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to survey the licensing policies of private foundations, and to work toward increasing the free availability of foundation-supported works. We are still pursuing this objective, but here’s where we are at the moment. Tax-exempt private foundations are non-profit institutions exclusively devoted to benefitting the public, by grant-making or direct activities designed to achieve charitable, scientific, educational or similar purposes. Because there is a limit to the funds available to even the largest private…
  • CC talks with Marc Weidenbaum

    Elliot Harmon
    19 Mar 2014 | 9:52 pm
    This guest blog post was written by Niki Korth. If you’re in the Bay Area, come see Marc read from his new book at City Lights Thursday night and come hear Niki speak at next week’s CC Salon. Marc Weidenbaum / Jorge Colombo In 1996, Marc Weidenbaum founded the website Disquiet.com, which focuses on the intersection of sound, art, and technology. He has written for Nature, the website of The Atlantic, Boing Boing, Down Beat, and numerous other publications. He initiated and moderates the Disquiet Junto group, where musicians respond on SoundCloud to weekly Oulipo-style restrictive…
  • First CC0 official translation in Dutch

    Kat Walsh
    18 Mar 2014 | 6:45 pm
    The first official translation of CC0, into Dutch, is now published! Congratulations to CC Netherlands and CC Belgium, who collaborated on the work. This is not just the first CC0 translation—it is the first official translation of any international CC legal tool. Under CC’s new legal code translation policy, translation teams work closely with CC Legal to create official linguistic translations of the original English text. These translations are equivalent to the original English: when you create or reuse a CC0 work, you may now refer to either English or Dutch. (You can read more…
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    Copyright Litigation Blog

  • High Profile Securities Law Decisions - Chief Judge Preska and Free CLE at K&L Gates 4/25

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    The Securities Law and Federal Litigation Sections, along with the Southern District of New York Chapter of the Federal Bar Association presentRecent High Profile Securities Law DecisionsRegisterSpeakers:Hon. Loretta A. PreskaChief Judge, Southern District of New York Mary Jane Lee Director and Associate General Counsel, Citigroup Prof. Paul Radvany Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University Law School Jorge Baez Senior Consultant, NERAStephen J. Crimmins Partner, K&L Gates LLPLiam O’Brien Managing Partner, McCormick & O’Brien, LLPSince the recession of late last decade, there…
  • How Powerful Are Women In The Law? Join Us And Find Out!

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    Women in the Law: Power and Progress July 2014 Conference - Washington DC by Ray Dowd Join us on July 11 and find out! More information at www.fedbar.orgwww.dunnington.com Copyright law, fine art and navigating the courts. All practice, no theory.Copyright Litigation Handbook (Thomson Reuters Westlaw 2012-2013) by Raymond J. Dowd Find Ray Dowd at Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP Copyright Litigation Handbook (West 6th Ed. 2012) by Raymond J. Dowd Purchase on Amazon.com and Westlaw (Directory: COPYLITIG)
  • German Prosecutors To Be Honored at SDNY For Counterterrorism - Join Us February 25

    19 Feb 2014 | 7:18 am
       U.S FEDERAL BAR TO PRESENT HISTORIC AWARDS TO EUROPEAN COLLEAGUES  For the first time in its nearly one hundred year history, the US Federal Bar Association will be presenting an award for professional excellence to two European colleagues from Germany. The Rule of Law Award, presented by the Federal Bar Association Southern District of New York Chapter and Federal Bar Association Federal Litigation Section, was created to honor the inspiring professional conduct of the lead German Federal Prosecutor, Bruno Jost, in the historic trial of what came to be known as the Mykonos…
  • Join SDNY Chief Judge Preska In Celebrating The Rule of Law February 25

    14 Feb 2014 | 1:36 pm
    February 25, 2014: SDNY Rule of Law Awards Eventby admin on January 28, 2014The Southern District of New York Chapter and the Federal Litigation Section are honored to present the:Rule of Law Awardto two German attorneys, Alexander von Stohl, Sr. and Bruno Jost, for their inspiring professional conduct and perseverance during the historic trial of what came to be known as the Mykonos case, which came on the heels of the gruesome and high-profile assassination of four Iranian opposition leaders in Berlin.The awards event will explore the Mykonos case’s implications for…
  • Intellectual Property and Fashion Law: Be There February 7, 2014 NYC

    28 Jan 2014 | 9:48 am
     Opening Remarks:   Hon. Loretta A. Preska, Chief Judge U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New YorkKeynote Speaker: Stanley G. Sherwood  9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.Intellectual Property ProtectionAshlee Froese, Gilbert LLP (Canada)-IP (International)Erica Klein, Kramer LevinHeather McDonald, Baker Hostetler Copyright, trademark, and patent protection of fashion designs, anti-counterfeiting, etc. Overview of latest cases involving fashion IP rights. 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.Marketing and Advertising Brian G. Murphy, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PCAshima Dayal,…
 
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    Coyle's InFormation

  • FRBR group 1: the gang of four

    1 Apr 2014 | 9:16 pm
    (This is a very delayed follow on to my earlier  post on FRBR groups 2 and 3. It's not that I haven't been thinking about it... and I hope soon to be able to post my talk from FSR2014 on FRBR, as well.) Parts vs. viewsEach of the three FRBR groups is defined briefly in the introduction to section 3 of the FRBR document. The second and third groups have fairly concrete definitions:group 2 "...those responsible for the intellectual or artistic content, the physical production and dissemination, or the custodianship of the entities in the first group"group 3 "...an additional set of…
  • The FRBR Groups

    24 Feb 2014 | 9:11 am
    FRBR has three groups of entities, numbered 1-3. Each group, however, has its own set of characteristics that are very different from each other, so different that they really are different kinds of groups. These differences make it hard to speak of them in one breath. One of the key things to know about the groups is that they aren't classes in the data modeling sense. Why they are therefore grouped at all is not clear, except perhaps it was a convenient way to speak of them. The IFLA FRBR Review Group maintains that the groups do not represent classes and that the ten (or eleven, with…
  • FRBR goals: entities, relations, and a core level record

    19 Feb 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The FRBR study was motivated by a 1990 international seminar on cataloging held in Stockholm. The charge to the study group was approved by the IFLA Standing Committee of the Section of Cataloguing in 1992. That document, called the Terms of Reference for a Study of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records, stated:Today the expectations and constraints facing bibliographic control are more pressing than ever. All libraries, including national bibliographic agencies, are operating under increasing budgetary constraints and increasing pressures to reduce cataloging costs through…
  • FRBR as a conceptual model

    14 Feb 2014 | 12:26 pm
    (I have been working on a very long and very detailed analysis of FRBR, probably more than anyone wants to know. But some parts of that analysis might be generally helpful in understanding FRBR, so I'm going to "leak" those ideas out through this blog.)The FRBR document, in its section on Methodology, gives the reasoning behind the use of entity-relation modeling technique:The methodology used in this study is based on an entity analysis technique that is used in the development of conceptual models for relational database systems. Although the study is not intended to serve directly as a…
  • It's FAIR!

    14 Nov 2013 | 8:39 am
    "In my view, Google Books provides significant public benefits. It advances the progress of the arts and sciences, while maintaining respectful consideration for the rights of authors and other creative individuals, and without adversely impacting the rights of copyright holders. It has become an invaluable research tool that permits students, teachers, librarians, and others to more efficiently identify and locate books. It has given scholars the ability, for the first time, to conduct full-text searches of tens of millions of books. It preserves books, in particular out-of-print and old…
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    Plagiarism Today

  • The Spotify Lover’s Delimma

    Jonathan Bailey
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    As a music lover, I can’t think of a better time to be alive. Right now, my iTunes library contains nearly every song I’ve ever owned. Other than a few CDs that never got ripped, virtually any track I’ve bought, from almost any source, can be found on my computer in an easy-to-search, easy-to-locate catalog of music. But what about the tracks I never bought? What happens if Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” gets stuck in my head because one of my friends played it at open mic night? I’ve never bought a Neil Diamond CD so it’s not in my owned…
  • 3 Count: Banana Dance

    Jonathan Bailey
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Judge Rejects MGM’s Efforts to Get a Look at Universal’s ‘Section 6′ First off today, Lucas Shaw at The Wrap reports that a judge has rejected an effort by MGM and Danjaq to see the script for the upcoming Universal Studios film “Section 6″, saying that MGM’s efforts to expedite discovery are premature at this time. According to MGM, “Section 6″ is a film that is a close derivative to the James Bond series, featuring a tuxedo-wearing British secret agent.
  • Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 322 – Mega Lawsuit

    Jonathan Bailey
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:45 pm
    It is Friday Tuesday again and that means that it is time for another episode of the Copyright 2.0 Show. Apologies for the late upload of this episode but life came before blogging on Friday and Monday. I’ve been swamped with other projects (and I suspect many others in the U.S. are this mid-April). Still, this is a great episode of the Copyright 2.0 Show that you definitely don’t want to miss. We start off with a story that might have you wondering what year it is as the movie studios file a lawsuit against Kim Dotcom and Megaupload. Meanwhile, the record labels make good on…
  • 3 Count: Book Appeal

    Jonathan Bailey
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Authors Guild Hits Back at Google Ruling First off today, Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly reports that the Authors Guild has filed an appeal in its case against Google over the Google Book Search project. It is asking the appeals court to overturn a lower court ruling in favor of Google which effectively ended its long-standing lawsuit against the search giant. The Authors Guild sued Google claiming that Google Book Search, a project which involves the scanning and indexing of millions of books, was an…
  • 3 Count: RIAA Too…

    Jonathan Bailey
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: RIAA sues Megaupload Over Copyright Infringement First off today, Cyrus Farivar at Ars Technica reports that, just a few days after the movie studios filed a civil lawsuit against Megaupload, the record labels have done the same. Megaupload was a cyberlocker service that was shuttered in January 2012 after a joint U.S. and New Zealand action that also saw the company’s founder, Kim Dotcom, be arrested along with several of his employees. Currently the criminal case in the air as Dotcom is fighting…
 
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    Beyond the Book

  • Self-Published Authors: Amateurs or Professionals?

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    For everyone from romance writers to cookbook creators, self-publishing today is easier and more affordable than ever. Certainly, the book-reading public has embraced “the selfie,” and along the way, they’ve made bestselling authors of writers who’ve boldly chosen to publish their own works. Amanda Hocking, Hugh Howey, and even E.L. James, began their rise to fame as authors of self-published books (though each eventually has moved on to “traditional” publishers). Are we witnessing the triumph of free expression, or the invasion of the book business snatchers by the dreaded…
  • Getting Over The Book

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    When was the last time you heard that print is dead? Probably it’s been a while. As it turns out, print and digital will co-habit in the book business for some time yet to come. Indeed, earlier this week, a BBC reporter told an important gathering of book publishers something potentially even more alarming: It’s time to get over the book. Reporting from the London Book Fair, Publishers Weekly senior writer Andrew Albanese tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally that, “Bill Thompson, a technology reporter with the BBC, urged publishers not only to go beyond the book, but also to go…
  • The Future Is Already Here

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Conferences on copyright and the creative industries can leave the impression that copyright has a lot of catching up to do – at least when it comes to technology. At OnCopyright2014, sponsored by Copyright Clearance Center, a panel discussion aimed at providing advance notice on what authors, publishers and other creators can expect in days to come. Film and TV producer Jeff Sharp, Google executive Patrick Sullivan, and journalist-turned-entrepreneur Tomoko Hosaka shared with CCC’s Chris Kenneally what they are doing today to respond to the challenge of digital disruption and to…
  • Millions Of Reasons To Like Apple Case Ruling

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    E-book readers may soon have 500 million reasons to like a pair of rulings in Judge Denise Cote’s Manhattan federal courtroom this week. The only question is, “how soon?” Moving to the “damages” phase of Apple’s e-book price-fixing case, Judge Cote granted class action status in the state and consumer cases, while she rejected allowing trial testimony from Apple’s two expert witnesses. “These rulings are a double whammy for Apple,” says Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “The damages trial was basically going to be a one day affair in which expert…
  • Information in the Enterprise

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    30 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    From a world of content organized by news headlines and journal abstracts, business is moving into a universe of data that has potential to reveal insights and yield great discoveries. For San Diego-based Qualcomm, which has grown from seven individuals meeting in a den in 1985 to a world-leading provider of wireless technology and services, the challenge is delivering access to information of every kind where and when it’s needed – and on every type of device. “We’re a mobile company, and our distributed workforce and our employees are accessing information on many types of devices.
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    LibraryLaw Blog

  • Norway, Extended Collective Licensing, and Orphan Works

    Peter Hirtle
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    (by Peter Hirtle) [UPDATE below] On 10-11 March, the Copyright Office sponsored a roundtable on the problem of orphan works: works protected by copyright whose authors cannot be located.  I didn't attend, but you can find summaries of the discussion here, here, and here.  Written comments on the issue are due to the Copyright Office by 14 April. One of the major topics under discussion was Extended Collective Licensing (ECL) and its possible application to the mass digitization of orphan works.  This reminded me of the recent flurry of articles and posts about changes to the Norwegian…
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    DigitalKoans

  • DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 4/28/2014

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    DigitalKoans posts will resume on 4/28/2014. Digital Scholarship | Digital Scholarship Publications Overview | Sitemap
  • Digital Curation News (4/11/2014) #digitalpreservation

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Breaking Down Walls in Digital Preservation (Part 1) Breaking Down Walls in Digital Preservation (Part 2) Hacking Digital Stewardship at Computers in Libraries 2014 Introduction to Digital Curation (Free course) Data Curation Librarian at Indiana State University Library Digital Scholarship | Digital Curation News | Digital Curation, Digital Preservation, and Research Data Management Works
  • Manager of Digital Experience at Westport Library

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    The Westport Library is recruiting a Manager of Digital Experience. Here's an excerpt from the ad: The Westport Library is seeking a Manager of Digital Experience who will coordinate the development of the Library's web/digital content. The successful candidate will develop and implement an online strategy that supports the Library's mission and goals; contribute to […]
  • "Statement Regarding the Suspension of Springer’s Membership in OASPA"

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association has released a "Statement Regarding the Suspension of Springer's Membership in OASPA." Here's an excerpt: In February, it was reported by Nature (http://www.nature.com/news/publishers-withdraw-more-than-120-gibberish-papers-1.14763) that around 120 fake articles had been published in apparently peer-reviewed conference proceedings. Springer, one of the affected publishers, which published 16 of these articles, is […]
  • Data Curation Librarian at Indiana State University Library

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    The Indiana State University Library is recruiting a Data Curation Librarian. Here's an excerpt from the ad: This 12-month, tenure-track position provides technical leadership for the creation, management, preservation of and access to digital assets and scholarship. The incumbent will manage, develop and migrate digital application systems and serve as webmaster for digital initiatives' websites. […]
 
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    Digitization 101

  • #CILDC : Index of all Digitization 101 blog posts on the 2014 Computers in Libraries Conference

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    So that you can find all of the blog posts I've written for the 2014 Computers in Libraries Conference, here is a quick index:Brainstorming sessionDay 1: Hack Libraries: Platforms? Playgrounds? Prototypes? - David Weinberger, http://hurstassociates.blogspot.com/2014/04/cildc-hack-libraries-platforms.html [Keynote]Weathering the Virtual Library - Adriana Edwards-Johnson, http://hurstassociates.blogspot.com/2014/04/cildc-weathering-virtual-library.htmlEnabling Innovation - Jill Hurst-Wahl, http://hurstassociates.blogspot.com/2014/04/cildc-enabling-innovation-jill-hurst.htmlMoving Ideas Forward…
  • #CILDC : Community Impact: Tactics & Recognition

    9 Apr 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Description: Sweeney teaches attendees about some of the latest tools and techniques that SuperPACs use across the country to influence elections and advocate for their agendas. He shares how to use these tools and techniques to advocate for libraries, build a coalition of library supporters, market library services, and better inform the general populace about the importance of the library. Then hear from winners of the IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service for excellent service to their communities about ways they use technology to engage their communities, as well as some…
  • #CILDC : Hacking the Librarian: Evolving Personal & Career Development - Jennifer Koerber

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    Description: It's old news that librarianship is changing as a profession, and we understand that library professionals need to change with it. But how? How do you learn to see yourself 5, 10, or 20 years down the line when we have no idea what's coming next spring? Learn from someone who has bootstrapped herself from a tech-nervous newbie to a code-savvy web librarian over the last 20 years, and brainstorm ways to evolve all your strengths, skills and interests into your next big thing.Session NotesJennifer started with a quick overview of her career and interests.  She's not geek,…
  • #CILDC : Library Hackathons: How, Why, & Impact! - Justin Grimes & Nate Hill

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    Description: Last year IMLS issued a challenge around its Public Library Survey data as part of the inaugural National Day of Civic Hacking, June 1–2, 2013. With 11,000 participants nationwide, the event resulted in the creation of several IMLS-related projects, as well as greater awareness of library hackathon involvement throughout the country. Whether through hosted events or participation in local challenges, a number of libraries engaged in this nationwide open data event. Presenters share lessons learned from their involvement as well as practical tips for hosting your own library…
  • #CILDC : Technologies: Marketplace Report - Marshall Breeding

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Description: Libraries worldwide spend almost $2 billion/year on technology products and services and are constantly considering prudent strategic technology investments. Author of the “Automation Marketplace Industry Report” (Library Journal) since 2002, Breeding has the incredible ability to explain the current state of the industry and what we need to watch for in the future and factor into our technology decisions today.Session NotesLibrary IT industry is $1.8 billion (USD)$790 million from companies involved in the U.S.U.S. Revenues from libraries $495 millionEx Libris is the largest…
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    paidContent

  • Judge says 33 states can seek Apple ebook money, report cites “much work to do” on antitrust

    Jeff John Roberts
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    New court reports this week suggest Apple is sinking ever-deeper into legal quicksand, as the company fights a court judgment over ebook price-fixing that could ultimately cost it close to $1 billion dollars. In the latest bit of bad news for Apple, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote on Tuesday confirmed that 33 state attorneys general can proceed with a lawsuit to seek triple damages for “injury inflicted on their economies and their citizens.” (Consumers in the other 17 states who overpaid for ebooks will be represented by class action lawyers, who obtained class certification…
  • Check out Gooseberry, the upcoming animated feature film from the makers of Sintel

    Janko Roettgers
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Remember Big Buck Bunny and Sintel? Sure you do: The two animated short films have been a staple of product demos for smart TVs, streaming devices and video player apps for years, in part because their stunning production quality, and in part because both are Creative Commons-licensed, liberally allowing reuse. The Blender Foundation, which was behind both films, now plans to produce an animated feature film called Gooseberry. The foundation, which is using these kinds of films to show off the capabilities of its open source 3D software, is currently raising funds for Gooseberry through a…
  • We are drowning in data about readers and attention, but which metrics really matter? You won’t like the answer

    Mathew Ingram
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    Thanks to the web and real-time measurement tools, the media industry has gone from having virtually no hard data on readers and attention to an embarrassment of riches — not only can we measure what people click on, but we can measure how far down the page they got when they were reading, whether they posted a comment, which social networks they came from, and a hundred other pieces of data. The only problem is that this is very much a double-edged sword. New York Times media writer David Carr recently looked at some examples of media companies that are rewarding their writers based on…
  • Why web video vet My Damn Channel is now Omnivision, and why it’s not going anywhere

    Liz Shannon Miller
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    For anyone familiar with the seven-year-old production and distribution company, the recent announcement that My Damn Channel would be rebranding as Omnivision Entertainment was a surprising switch. The bigger surprise? That it would begin taking a management role in talent. Founded in 2007 by Rob Barnett and Warren Chao, My Damn Channel began as the home of premium comedy content created by established talent like The Simpsons‘s Harry Shearer and The State‘s David Wain. But it was also a major factor in building Grace Helbig into a cross-platform star and supporting Mark Malkoff…
  • Here are 3 ways Aereo will tell the Supreme Court that it’s legal

    Jeff John Roberts
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    The stakes can’t get any higher for internet TV service Aereo. One week from now, the two-year-old company will go before the Supreme Court to face off against a group of big broadcasters that want to shut it down. If Aereo loses, its biggest investor says the company is “finished.” More significantly, the Supreme Court’s decision could alter the current business model of TV, which relies on selling large bundles of channels for ever higher prices. If the Justices side with Aereo, which rents subscribers a remote antenna to watch and record over-the-air…
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    Dear Rich: Nolo's Intellectual Property Blog

  • Will They Got Mad if We Argue Fair Use?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: If we buy half a dozen of photos from a photo agency, let’s call it XYZ images, and discover that other photos which we obtained from out-of-business newspaper archives (sold on eBay) are credited to a Now Defunct News Service (NDNS) a company since bought out by XYZ, are we obligated to declare those additional photos to XYZ? These are photos that otherwise appear to meet the criteria for fair use, and are not found in a search of the XYZ’s website. If we already did report to XYZ that we have some of these pictures, would that void our option to fair use those photos? If we…
  • Can I Reproduce Article About Myself?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I am a realtor and am creating a web page of myself with the listings that I have. I wanted to know if I can use articles that have been published about myself as well as photos of me taken by several newspapers, magazines etc. In other words, if I have been featured in an article about myself or mentioned in any article, do I have the rights to post it/use it on my website? You might think that being the subject of an article or photo would give you rights to use the results, but it doesn't. There are a few exceptions -- you can reproduce the specific statements you made in…
  • So Many Copyright Questions ... So Little Time

    The Dear Rich Staff
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: (1) What is the length of time the U.S. Copyright Office takes to approve or not approve a copyright application? (2) If I secure a lyrics copyright on a public domain melody for commercial purposes can someone else use that same melody with different lyrics --- say a competitor -- and secure another lyric copyright on that same melody? (3) Regarding the renewal of copyrights, is a renewal of copyright application sent out to copyright owners at the appropriate renewal time, by the copyright office or is there a formal time frame that copyright owners must adhere to? How many times…
  • Employee Trade Secret Duty

    The Dear Rich Staff
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I don't see many questions about trade secrets on the blog and I have a particular question. Is an employee (not under an NDA) under any duty to discover what are his/her employer's trade secrets are, and/or protect/not divulge them? Employees always have a duty to protect employer trade secrets regardless whether they signed a nondisclosure agreement (NDA). This duty not to disclose is typically found in state trade secret laws. As for the duty to "discover" trade secrets ... an employer usually makes it clear what is a trade secret. If not, the…
  • Using Music in Vine Videos

    The Dear Rich Staff
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: It's been a year since the Vine-Prince copyright infringement incident, and I was wondering if anything has changed or progressed regarding having music in one's vines. I ask because I'd like to expand my music criticism blogging to include seven second long real-time critiques of copyrighted song sections. How do the waters look currently, concerning this grayest of issues? Nothing seems to have changed -- at least in terms of Vine policy -- since Prince filed his DMCA notice (and we last wrote about the situation). Vine's TOS prohibits infringing content and…
 
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  • Google Lobbying Greases the Wheels of Innovation with a Mix of Old and New

    Gordon Platt
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Google’s lobbying dollars are growing each year | Image Credit: Flickr Very few major decisions are made in Washington without a nudge here and a wink there, from motivated parties representing affected industries. Even the tech sector, which prides itself on disrupting tradition with innovative ideas and new ways of working, has found that whenever major change is raised, all roads lead to Washington. In 2013 alone, technology companies laid out more than $61 million to grease the wheels of legislation that would help their cause (or, if you’re of a cynical persuasion, gum up the…
  • Conflicting Heartbleed Advice Gives Users Heartburn

    Gordon Platt
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Symbol  #heartbleed (Photo credit: snoopsmaus) It’s been a busy couple of days for web-based companies and employees, as the massive security breach known as ‘Heartbleed‘ swept the Internet. By rushing to remedy the problem however, which is believed to have affected up to two-thirds of available websites, experts may only be adding to the confusion.   Conflicting Heartbleed Advice The sheer scale of this bug means that coverage and advice is bound to vary, but the mainstream attention also means that the tech community is under great pressure to provide a solution.
  • Kim Dotcom’s Mega Problems Are Now ‘Massive’

    Gordon Platt
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Rarely does a week go by without exiled (and often reviled) file-sharing impresario Kim Dotcom making news, but his latest problems go beyond the mega. Dotcom is being sued, again, this time by six major movie studios who allege copyright infringement of “copyrighted motion picture and television programs on a massive scale.” The studios are seeking around $175 million in damages, resulting from infringement across a variety of titles that could each add a maximum statutory award of $150,000 to any final sum. The charges relate to the now famously shuttered Megaupload…
  • Game of Thrones Season 4 Premiere Shows the Best and Worst of Digital Entertainment

    Gordon Platt
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    Game of Thrones returns to TV (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Game of Thrones season 4 premiere saw the smash show return to HBO over the weekend, with all the buzz and blight that we’ve come to expect from the digital era. On the one hand, social media went crazy for the occasion, helping fans to share their anticipation ahead of Sunday night’s first airing and exchange opinions as it got underway. On the other, the buzz drove a huge surge in torrent activity to guide some people to illegal viewing options. The most pirated TV show of 2013, it already looks like Game of Thrones…
  • Fuel to the Fire: Amazon Adds to the Fragmentation of TV

    Gordon Platt
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    Amazon Kindle Fire: Your new remote control? | Image Credit Home entertainment is always evolving; at the moment you could be forgiven for feeling like it shifts every few days. Amazon’s announcement of its new Fire TV device will only increase that feeling. The product is notable more for the company making it than what’s being made. Although streaming content and playing games from a web-connected device is still a novelty to many consumers, plenty of devices have been offering some version of this functionality for several years, Roku, Apple, and Sony to name just three. Few…
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