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  • A Masterwork in Simplicity: The Story of the CC Logo

    Creative Commons » Commons News
    Jay Walsh
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    This story was researched and written in collaboration with Creative Commons staff. You can also read the story on Medium. On February 14, 2015 New York’s Museum of Modern Art welcomed the public to a new exhibit, “This is For Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good.” Inspired by a short tweet made by Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, “This is For Everyone” includes an array of fascinating objects, concepts, designs, and artworks that were conceived to serve the global public in sometimes unexpected or serendipitous ways. Winding through the exhibit,…
  • How's that Kindle Daily Deal Working Out for You?

    Copyfight
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    If you're Jim Hines, apparently pretty well. Hines reports on the experience of having his Libromancer selected for the cut-price (USD 2) deal. He reports that the result was a surge in sales, a competitive price cut from other retailers, and apparently there's some noticeable pull-through of other things he's written. He sold a good number of the KDD title, but also noticed that sales of his other two books came in with above-average sales volumes. He still doesn't have royalty numbers, so it's not yet clear what the impact on his bank account will be, but it seems pretty clear he's boosted…
  • The Second Circuit, Nazi Looted Art, and Why Museums Are Letting ISIS Flourish

    Copyright Litigation Blog
    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…
  • End of Tuition Day: The Importance of Gratitude and of Paying It Forward

    John Palfrey
    jgpalfrey
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    Today marks a special day in our academic calendar: it is End of Tuition Day.  From this day forward in the school year, everything is free for every student. What exactly do I mean by “free”?  And what do I mean for “every” student? As a need-blind school, we are enormously fortunate that we are able to read every admissions application without regard to whether the student’s family can afford the tuition that our school charges.  This hallmark, in one form or another, dates back to the founding of our school in 1778, when Samuel Phillips and his family and…
  • Do Men Plagiarize More Than Women?

    Plagiarism Today
    Jonathan Bailey
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    A study published by the University of the Balearic Islands in Spain has found that, on the whole, male students are more likely to plagiarize than their female counterparts when it comes to their college courses. The study didn’t attribute it to an ethical difference between the sexes, but rather, that male students are more likely to procrastinate and then turn to plagiarism in the rush to complete the assignment. The study, which looked at nearly 2,800 students at the college, found that 81.3% of those queries had copied fragments from websites and 72.5% had copied from encyclopedias and…
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    Copyfight

  • How's that Kindle Daily Deal Working Out for You?

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    If you're Jim Hines, apparently pretty well. Hines reports on the experience of having his Libromancer selected for the cut-price (USD 2) deal. He reports that the result was a surge in sales, a competitive price cut from other retailers, and apparently there's some noticeable pull-through of other things he's written. He sold a good number of the KDD title, but also noticed that sales of his other two books came in with above-average sales volumes. He still doesn't have royalty numbers, so it's not yet clear what the impact on his bank account will be, but it seems pretty clear he's boosted…
  • Patreon Buys Subbable

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    If you're a Subbable supporter you've probably gotten several emails on this already - make sure they didn't go into your spam folder or something. It's interesting to me to see consolidation happening in this space. The two entities had almost identical models, except Patreon doesn't support one-time payments. As AFP said, this is about ongoing support. Subbable began as a way for the Vlog brothers (see here in case you missed it) to fund their Crash Course series of videos. As that grew so did the business side of Subbable and what I think we're seeing here is another example of the "I…
  • Intellectual Property is in Everything

    8 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    This time it's in combating climate change. There is an ongoing round-table debate taking place in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on the tension between the need to have global sharing of ideas for battling our carbon-binge-induced mess and the hodgepodge of existing IP regimes around the world. The first entry lays out the problems, and so far two responses have been posted. There's not a lot new here; the impact of IP on climate change is something that has been talked about off and on for decades. The solutions discussed (patent pools, mandatory licensing, etc) are also not…
  • Who Made That Music?

    6 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    I'm really pleased that The Wrecking Crew film is finally going to see the light of day. I backed this film on Kickstarter and I've been reading along as the producers have struggled to get together enough money to manage the various licenses that were involved. I quote from one of their updates:With over 140 songs that were licensed, each license has multiple parties involved and we are painstakingly going through each license to make sure we haven't made any mistakes. By organizing each of these licensing issues, Danny Tedesco and his team (over 18 years) managed to ensure that the…
  • This is More Like Going Steady

    4 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    So analogizes Amanda Palmer in announcing her new Patreon: Kickstarter is like a date; Patreon is more like going steady. Palmer is already well experienced with a couple successful Kickstarters, as well as having taken a lot of flak over her success with such fundraisers and how the money was to be used. Each of those was for a specific project, event, tour, album, etc. The Kickstarter funded the target art, and associated materials. However, as many people have discovered, doing a good Kickstarter is a lot like running a small business. If what you want to be doing is making great art/music…
 
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    Creative Commons » Commons News

  • A Masterwork in Simplicity: The Story of the CC Logo

    Jay Walsh
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    This story was researched and written in collaboration with Creative Commons staff. You can also read the story on Medium. On February 14, 2015 New York’s Museum of Modern Art welcomed the public to a new exhibit, “This is For Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good.” Inspired by a short tweet made by Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, “This is For Everyone” includes an array of fascinating objects, concepts, designs, and artworks that were conceived to serve the global public in sometimes unexpected or serendipitous ways. Winding through the exhibit,…
  • Press release: Creative Commons Launches Special Edition Commemorative Tee

    Jay Walsh
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Partners with Noun Project and Teespring to design and sell exclusive t-shirt celebrating “CC” logo acquisition by MoMA; Proceeds to support Creative Commons SAN FRANCISCO – MARCH 25, 2015 – Creative Commons has partnered with crowdsourced visual dictionary Noun Project and commerce platform Teespring to release a custom t-shirt celebrating the “CC” logo’s acquisition into the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. The special edition t-shirt will be available for a limited time only. Proceeds will benefit Creative Commons to further their work in growing and protecting…
  • Celebrate Creative Commons with a limited edition tee

    Jay Walsh
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Today Creative Commons, the Noun Project, and Teespring.com are excited to announce an awesome, limited edition commemorative t-shirt celebrating our wonderful logo. The shirt is available at Teespring.com/CreativeCommons, with all 100% of the proceeds going to support Creative Commons. It will be available until April 8, 2015 and sales start right now. Help us spread the word in all of your channels #celebrateCC The shirt is comprised of dozens of unique, freely reusable and Creative Commons (or PD) licensed icons from the Noun Project (see a list of designers/artists below) as well as…
  • Wikimedia adopts open licensing policy for foundation-funded research

    Timothy Vollmer
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Last week the Wikimedia Foundation announced it is adopting an open access policy for research works created using foundation funds. According to their blog post, the new open access policy “will ensure that all research the Wikimedia Foundation supports through grants, equipment, or research collaboration is made widely accessible and reusable. Research, data, and code developed through these collaborations will be made available in Open Access venues and under a free license, in keeping with the Wikimedia Foundation’s mission to support free knowledge.” Logo of the Wikimedia…
  • Creative Commons seeks a new director of development

    Ryan Merkley
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    Last year, Creative Commons posted a position for a Director of Development — someone to develop and lead our revenue strategy for 2015 and beyond. We knew it was urgent, but we weren’t ready. We had work to do on organizational strategy and budget before we could hire, so we pulled back. That work is now complete, and today, we’re re-posting this position with an updated job description. The right person has a strong track record of fundraising strategy and implementation to lead our development programs, and build a more sustainable Creative Commons.Working directly with…
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    Copyright Litigation Blog

  • 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…
  • Nazi Looted Art: Cases, Ethics and Law - March 24, 2015 Westchester Women's Bar Association

    9 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Nazi Looted Art: Cases, Ethics and Law Presenter: Raymond Dowd, Esq.  With last year’s film Monuments Men, the upcoming Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, and with the documentary The Rape of Europa on PBS, the story of Adolph Hitler’s art looting program is finally gaining Hollywood’s attention. A find of 1,400 artworks in Munich last year in the possession of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of one of Hitler’s art dealers, raised an international firestorm. But the unfinished business of World War II remains unfinished, with governments and families continuing to…
  • List of Law Librarians on Twitter

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Baker, Brian L. @brianlbakerAhlbrand, Ashley@AshleyAmesAllison, Jennifer@jenellen1214Ballard, Terry@terryballardBassett, Cindy@LibrynthBeatty, John@johnny42Beitz, Janelle@jkbeitzBlackaby, Dan@dblackabyBlaine, Anna@annacb33Boone, Tom@tombooneBrannon, Pam@pcbrannonBurchfield, Amy@aburchfieldBurriesci, Sara@sarak1015Carr, Emily@ecarr42Chase, Annie@annie734Ciaccio, Amanda@anciaccioCosby, Michelle@MC_LawLibrarianCrosby, Connie@conniecrosbyDavidson, Steph@stephdavidsonDay, Ronald E. @ronaldedayDingledy, Fred@ding0036Doty, Paula@pauladotyDumas, Tina@planettinaEiseman, Jason@jeisemanFarrell,…
  • List of Law Libraries On Twitter

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
     Library/Twitter HandleAppalachian School of Law Library @ASL_LibraryCleveland-Marshall Law Library @CMLawLibraryGeorge Mason Law Library @GMULawLibraryGeorgetown Law Library @GtownLawLibGeorgia State University Law Library @gsulawlibHarvard Law School Library @hlslibIIT Downtown Campus Library (Chicago-Kent) @DTCLibraryIU Maurer Law Library @IUMaurerLawLibLA Law Library @LALAWLIBRARYLaw Library of Congress @LawLibCongressLewis & Clark Law School - Boley Law Library @lawlibLouisiana State University - Law Ed Tech @LSULawEdTechMaryland State Law Library @mdstatelawlibMassachusetts…
  • This Thursday! Looting and the Plunder of Cultural Heritage at the National Arts Club - NYC

    22 Feb 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Girl With Black Hair (Egon Schiele 1911) - Stolen From Fritz Grunbaum, Now at Oberlin CollegeThanks to the Archaeology Committee of the National Arts Club, I will be speaking at this wonderful event on Thursday with two esteemed colleagues, I hope that you will brave the weather to attend!  Free and open to the public.ArchaeologyLooting and the Plunder of Cultural Heritage Thursday, February 26 6:15 PM         Looting is one of the major problems encountered throughout the art world.   We present a panel composed of three eminent attorneys…
 
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    John Palfrey

  • End of Tuition Day: The Importance of Gratitude and of Paying It Forward

    jgpalfrey
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    Today marks a special day in our academic calendar: it is End of Tuition Day.  From this day forward in the school year, everything is free for every student. What exactly do I mean by “free”?  And what do I mean for “every” student? As a need-blind school, we are enormously fortunate that we are able to read every admissions application without regard to whether the student’s family can afford the tuition that our school charges.  This hallmark, in one form or another, dates back to the founding of our school in 1778, when Samuel Phillips and his family and…
  • Weekly Highlights for Mar. 13

    jgpalfrey
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:11 pm
    jgpalfrey:Fun to see our welcome video to admitted students alongside other, similar eforts (at colleges/universities). Originally posted on CASE Blog: Check out this week’s advancement news worldwide, the latest CASE news, trending discussions on CASE communities and content shared by member institutions. Have something to share? Add it in the comments. Advancement News Mobile students earn more, study finds—Those who spend part of their degree overseas tend to earn more in their first job and are less likely to be unemployed six months after graduating. Can online degrees finally…
  • All School Meeting Address: Winter Welcome 2014 and Discussions in the Wake of Ferguson

    jgpalfrey
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
    Good morning, Andover! Over the Thanksgiving break, I wrote to you all an email, asking that you take some time to understand what was happening in Ferguson, Missouri.  A few members of the community — a student and a parent, in particular — wrote me back, respectfully, with deep concerns about what I had written, along with Dean Murphy [our Dean of Students] and LCG [Dean Linda Carter Griffith, our Dean of Community and Multicultural Development].  I wanted to respond to those concerns and also to explain why I think this attention and this discourse are so important.  [The…
  • Head of School Bookshelf: The Innovators Edition

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

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

  • Do Men Plagiarize More Than Women?

    Jonathan Bailey
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    A study published by the University of the Balearic Islands in Spain has found that, on the whole, male students are more likely to plagiarize than their female counterparts when it comes to their college courses. The study didn’t attribute it to an ethical difference between the sexes, but rather, that male students are more likely to procrastinate and then turn to plagiarism in the rush to complete the assignment. The study, which looked at nearly 2,800 students at the college, found that 81.3% of those queries had copied fragments from websites and 72.5% had copied from encyclopedias and…
  • 3 Count: Geoblocking Bloc

    Jonathan Bailey
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Photog Who Got $1.2M Copyright Verdict Against AFP Won’t Get Legal Fees First off today, Joe Mullin at Ars Technica reports that photographer Daniel More may have emerged victorious in his case against the AFP, but he won’t be receiving attorneys fees as part of his $1.2 million award. The case began when the wire service starting selling Morel’s photos from the Haiti earthquake over its service without permission. When they realized their mistake, they tried to put a “mandatory kill” notice on the…
  • 3 Count: Mine the Vines

    Jonathan Bailey
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: No Limits: Rights Holders Could Potentially Block Hundreds of Piracy Websites in Australia with a Single Strike First off today, Ben Grubb at the Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Australian parliament has introduced a bill that will allow rights holders to go to court and obtain orders for local ISPs to block access to infringing websites. The bill puts no limit on the number of domains that rightsholders can target for blocking but it does say that they must make a reasonable effort to remove the content…
  • When Forums Break Their Users’ Trust…

    Jonathan Bailey
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Homesteading Today is a forum and community dedicated to, predictably, homesteading. But amongst the conversations around subsistence farming, alternate energy sources and crafting, the group forum found itself at the heart of a copyright and plagiarism controversy. The issue began when a user named “willow_girl” noticed that posts she had written were appearing on another site, Cattle Forum, under the name “Alice”. After some investigation it was revealed that Cattle Forum was owned by Carbon Media Group (CMG), which had also recently purchased Homesteading Today. It turned out that…
  • 3 Count: Beastie Dismissal

    Jonathan Bailey
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: The Beastie Boys Beat Lawsuit Over ‘Paul’s Boutique’ Sampling First off today, Eriq Gardner at Billboard reports that a judge has granted the Beastie Boys summary judgment, tossing aside a sampling lawsuit filed by TufAmerica that accused the band of using unlicensed samples in their 1989 album Paul’s Boutique. TufAmerica has become well known for filing lawsuits against artists that it claims sampled music it controls, with varying degrees of success. They are known for using technology to detect…
 
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    Beyond the Book

  • Best of BTB: They Know What You Read

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Earlier this month, Rakuten — Japan’s e-commerce giant, akin to Amazon in the US – announced it would acquire Cleveland-based Overdrive, a supplier of digital content to libraries. In January at the Digital Book World Conference, Overdrive’s David Burleigh and Kobo’s Michael Tamblyn (Rakuten purchased the Canadian-based e-book publishers and device maker in 2011) told CCC’s Chris Kenneally how data drives their businesses and what it reveals about their customers’ reading habits. The owners of ebook platforms now have unprecedented and previously unattainable knowledge about…
  • Book Buying By The Numbers

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    What’s black and white and read all over? A survey of consumer book-buying habit just out from the Nielsen Market Research. This week, the book world began poring over the findings, covering everything from shares of print and digital sales, to preferences for digital platforms. The two most intriguing findings confirm suspicions that the drive to digital is slowing. “First, the e-books share of new book sales increased only slightly in 2014 over 2013” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer.  “And the share of sales through online retailers and bookstore chains…
  • IBPA Pub-U Is On A Mission

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Once upon a time, authors and publishers, along with readers and booksellers, knew their separate places in the book world and they stuck to them.  The distribution of power was uneven, maybe even unfair, but the pecking order seemed to make sense. Once upon a time is no longer in the book world, for better or worse.  The digital transformation of books and publishing has created a more level playing field.  As with so many revolutions, though, the change has come at a cost.  In 2015 who holds the power in the book world, and are these rulers wise and beneficent or crass and…
  • Salinger And the Public Domain

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The legal definition of “public domain” is property that is available or accessible to the public, such as a National Park. In copyright, “P.D.” refers to inventions, writings, recordings or photographs not protected by intellectual property law. Often enough, the public domain can often seem to lie just beyond the horizon – like a mirage in the desert or the famed golden city of Eldorado. If a traveler should ever manage to reach it, the theory states that no return journey is possible. Yet a lawsuit filed earlier this week suggests that when it comes to J.D., the P.D. is not…
  • The Shape Of User Demand

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    15 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Along what once was called the information superhighway, platforms and technologies are the vehicles and the roads. These together require smooth-running traffic patterns. Just as railroads run alongside rivers, and thoroughfares line up with but never cross airport runways, the complexities of the Web must be managed carefully. At the recent NFAIS 2015 Conference, panels and presenters considered the challenge of “Anticipating Demand,” examining the impact when maximizing user experience leads all other considerations. A concluding panel addressed particularly the ways that user demand…
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    DigitalKoans

  • House Wants to Increase Means Testing of Medicare Beneficiaries, Increasing Costs for 25% of Beneficiaries

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    The House will soon vote on a bill to increase means testing of Medicare beneficiaries, increasing the number of brackets and boosting costs for 25% of beneficiaries. Here's a quote from Dan McGrath from "How the Bipartisan Medicare Deal Will Hurt Retirees." Clients had better rethink their retirement planning, especially those who are putting so […]
  • DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 4/1/2015

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    DigitalKoans posts will resume on 4/1/2015. Digital Scholarship | Digital Scholarship Sitemap
  • Web Application Developer at California Digital Library

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    The California Digital Library is recruiting a Web Application Developer. Here's an excerpt from the ad: Reporting to the Technical Team Manager, Discovery and Delivery Services, this position is one of eight developers in the Discovery and Delivery Group responsible for the technical design, implementation, maintenance, and operation of the CDL's bibliographic systems (the Melvyl […]
  • Department of Defense Releases Draft Plan to Establish Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:32 am
    The Department of Defense has released a draft Plan to Establish Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research . Here's an excerpt from the SPARC announcement: It calls for all DoD-funded researchers to deposit final peer-reviewed manuscripts into the Department's "Defense Technical Information Center" (DTIC) repository. All articles will be made available to […]
  • Discovery Services Librarian at Ohio Wesleyan University

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
    Ohio Wesleyan University is recruiting a Discovery Services Librarian. Here's an excerpt from the ad: Reporting to the Head of Collection Services, the DSL will serve in a hybrid position, bridging technical and public services. The successful candidate will improve, extend, and integrate the Libraries' various search tools, including our library catalog, discovery layer, library […]
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    Digitization 101

  • Video: The Curious Copyright Case of "It's A Wonderful Life"

    12 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The movie "It's a Wonderful Life" is a classic, which is frequently viewed during the December of each year. Some people are seemingly addicted to it and will watch it whenever it is on. There is, though, a copyright story lurking behind the moving images, which John Hess of FilmmakerIQ tells in this 22-minute video.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
  • BYOD, Digital Literacy & Those That Are Left Behind [Movement 4]

    10 Mar 2015 | 10:15 am
    Last fall (Oct. 9, 2014), I gave the keynote at the Polaris Users Group meeting in Liverpool, NY.  I am finally posting my keynote text (as written) here in four blog posts - four movements.  Below is Movement 4.By the way, I've added photos to these posts; however, I did not use any images or projected presentation in October.  Mark Surman, executive director of the Mozilla Foundation, said:Coding, editing video, design — it really is just the tip of the iceberg. What’s below the tip of the iceberg is participation, critical thinking and being able to collaborate. You…
  • BYOD, Digital Literacy & Those That Are Left Behind [Movement 3]

    10 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    Last fall (Oct. 9, 2014), I gave the keynote at the Polaris Users Group meeting in Liverpool, NY.  I am finally posting my keynote text (as written) here in four blog posts - four movements.  Below is Movement 3.By the way, I've added photos to these posts; however, I did not use any images or projected presentation in October. In August, with schools delayed in Ferguson, Missouri one of the concerns quickly became the health of the students, who received meals at school. I want to mention hunger, because it is more prevalent than we think and hunger gets in the way of learning. We…
  • BYOD, Digital Literacy & Those That Are Left Behind [Movement 2]

    10 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Last fall (Oct. 9, 2014), I gave the keynote at the Polaris Users Group meeting in Liverpool, NY.  I am finally posting my keynote text (as written) here in four blog posts - four movements.  Below is Movement 2.By the way, I've added photos to these posts; however, I did not use any images or projected presentation in October.  Last week, Van Jones - who is one of the hosts of CNN's Crossfire - spoke at Syracuse University and talked about how we treat people as being disposable. All of those people working at UPS are disposable. The job requires no real skill and when one…
  • BYOD, Digital Literacy & Those That Are Left Behind [Movement 1]

    10 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Last fall (Oct. 9, 2014), I gave the keynote at the Polaris Users Group meeting in Liverpool, NY.  I am finally posting my keynote text (as written) here in four blog posts.  The keynote, as you will read, was structured into four movements, like a symphony.  Below is Movement 1.By the way, I've added photos to these posts; however, I did not use any images or projected presentation in October.  I began using a computer in the early 1980s. As computers became more prevalent, people in the workforce recognized that the needed to develop "computer skills". For some, that…
 
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    Dear Rich: An Intellectual Property Blog

  • High Heeled Shoes: Low Level Legal Protection

    The Dear Rich Staff
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I make and sell high heel shoes. What I do is decorate with spikes, studs, feathers, embellishments etc., and sell them. But my biggest sellers which I call my signature design is the peacock feather that I place in certain areas of the shoe. So I wanted to know if I should copyright that design or do the design patent?Design patents are sometimes granted for high heel designs -- here's one that incorporates a football motif -- but we don't believe your shoes are likely to qualify. One reason might be that you've already been offering the shoes (disclosures by the…
  • Little Rascals/Affordable Care Fair Use Question

    The Dear Rich Staff
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: My original music video concerning the Affordable Care Act would illustrate the song's narrative with very short clips cut from online video: The Little Rascals from the 1950s, a major league pitcher 'doctoring' a baseball, documentary footage of an ambulance. Would these uses likely be considered fair use? If the clips are very short—just a few seconds—they would probably qualify as a fair use because you're using them for purposes of commentary. Of course, claiming the fair use privilege doesn't mean you won't get sued. And if you were sued, you'd still have to prove…
  • Should I Register My Domain Name as a Trademark?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: In your book on trademarks there is a discussion of whether you should register "trademark.com" as a trademark if you've already registered "trademark." The example provided is a line of menswear that is now also going to be sold online. The conclusion is that you should consider registering the full domain name (trademark.com) if establishing services or goods unique to the Internet business. Could you please explain why? If the PTO considers the ".com" piece of the trademark as unprotectable, what benefit would be gained by registering the full domain name? If you have a business…
  • Five Lessons from the "Blurred Lines" Case

    The Dear Rich Staff
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:39 pm
    We've received many inquiries as to the verdict in the "Blurred Lines" case (in which a jury determined that the song, "Blurred Lines," written by Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, infringed Marvin Gaye's song "Got to Give It Up"). The jury awarded Marvin Gaye's heirs $7.4 million, reflecting the profits earned by "Blurred Lines," which (hard as it may be to accept) was the longest running number one single of the entire decade (racking up sales of $14.8 million copies). The case's outcome is dumbfounding, particularly for musicians. Hindsight, affording us excellent vision,…
  • My Boss Made Me Appear in Yelp Commercial

    The Dear Rich Staff
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: My employer at a small law firm has required his whole staff (about 8 of us) to appear in a Yelp commercial video. Please note that all the employees had no choice but to do it, and although we signed a release, no consideration was provided in exchange for the release. The day of the shoot, we all signed a release form (no one had to actually read it - just told to sign). My employer wanted me to speak on this video, even though I didn't want to. I was told we will get to edit prior to posting it on Yelp. I reluctantly spoke (and did a bad job so I could get edited out). I asked…
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    PrivacyNet

  • Taylor Swift’s Preemptive Porn Seizure Highlights TLD Issue

    Gordon Platt
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    .no top level domain (and also Taylor Swift’s message to potential trolls.) — Photo credit: Wikipedia) The news that Taylor Swift has been buying porn had headline writers in full creative flow yesterday, possibly overlooking the more important aspect of the underlying story. In the popular singer’s case it was taylorswift [dot] porn, a top-level domain (TLD) name that could have proved troublesome had her representatives left it unclaimed. She also snapped up the .adult version, leaving potential trolls to scour the less striking TLD’s that remain. If all of this…
  • With Windows 10, Microsoft Gives a Free Pass to Pirates

    Gordon Platt
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:16 pm
    When is a pirate not a pirate? When he or she uses a stolen Windows operating system, apparently, as Microsoft will roll out its Windows 10 upgrades to all existing users this summer, whether their software is licensed or stolen. Unfortunately this is no joke. The news was revealed at the WinHEC engineering conference in China, where Microsoft’s EVP of Operating Systems, Terry Myerson, outlined the company’s plans to get its highly-anticipated new operating system out into the world. Describing the two types of user upgrade with the rather euphemistic terms “genuine or…
  • ICANN Do No Wrong, the Mantra of Internet Activists Who Disregard IP

    Gordon Platt
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    An article posted this week on the Volokh Conspiracy, a legally-minded blog hosted under the domain of the Washington Post, calls into question the validity of protecting Internet users from illicit and fraudulent activity through ICANN. (Without getting into the nitty gritty of everything it does, ICANN is the not-for-profit organization tasked with various aspects of maintaining operational stability of the Internet.) ICANN Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Leaving aside for a second the many questions over whether ICANN is the right organization to undertake the activities it is tasked with,…
  • Is Privacy Really Possible on Facebook, or Any Social Network?

    Gordon Platt
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    As February came to a close, Social Media Week descended on major cities around the world. Casting a wide net, the global event examines the impact of social media on all walks of life and sectors of business. While some sessions offer only a cursory link between social and their individual area of expertise, however, a panel at the Interactive Advertising Bureau in New York City weighed in on a subject that is inextricably linked to social media: our privacy rights on the social networks and the applications that link to them. View image | gettyimages.com The  panel was led by Genie…
  • Birdman Swoops to an Oscar (and Sees Piracy Levels Soar)

    Gordon Platt
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:07 am
    Birdman and its director Alejandro G. Iñárritu found success at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, but it comes at a cost: piracy of the movie on torrent and file-sharing sites will inevitably increase in the wake of last night’s wins. Following a study of the 87th Academy Awards nominees by Irdeto in the Netherlands, the company found a clear correlation between movies being announced on the annual shortlist and piracy activity spiking in the following days and weeks. While it’s no great surprise that major releases see more piracy, especially when they garner the kind of…
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