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  • SCOTUS vs CAFC, Round N+1

    Copyfight
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    I noted last year that the CAFC seems to be hell-bent on interpreting the laws however it damn well pleases, despite Supreme Court decisions to the contrary. Guess what? It's still happening. This time (in a case called Teva Pharmaceuticals v Sandoz) the Supreme Court has once again rejected the CAFC's practice of conducting de novo reviews of cases that appear before it. In this case, Teva had its patent upheld as valid by a lower court in its suit against Sandoz. But when the case reached the CAFC the higher court decided to reopen the claims construction argument and reversed, finding the…
  • Finnish translation of CC0 published

    Creative Commons » Commons News
    Kat Walsh
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    Congratulations to the CC Finland team for the Finnish translation of CC0! If it seems like you just saw them featured here, you’re not mistaken; they published the first official translation of the 4.0 suite just a few months ago, and now they are the first to have the complete set of CC legal tools available in their language. Our thanks and congratulations again to the team of Maria Rehbinder of Aalto University, legal counsel and license translation coordinator of CC Finland; Martin von Willebrand, Attorney-at-Law and Partner, HH Partners, Attorneys-at-law Ltd: for translation…
  • Dunnington Partner Raymond J. Dowd to Keynote NYS Bar Association Trusts & Estates Event

    Copyright Litigation Blog
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:19 pm
        Dunnington Partner Raymond J. Dowd will present the luncheon keynote lecture at the annual meeting of the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York Bar Association on January 28, 2015.  The Trusts and Estates Law Section is one of the largest sections of the New York State Bar Association, and its annual meeting attracts over six hundred attendees.  Mr. Dowd will address the topic Nazi Art Looting, Stolen Art and Our Museums: Why The Ghosts of The Past Still Haunt Us.  Tickets to the luncheon are available through http://www.nysba.org/Trusts/.The…
  • Real World Objects

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

    Plagiarism Today
    Jonathan Bailey
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Marvin Gaye – Judge Allows Marvin Gaye’s Music To Be Played In Blurred Lines Trial First off today, Contact Music reports that, in a stunning reversal, the judge in the Blurred Lines lawsuit has decided to allow the jury to hear Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” in court so long as they are edited to remove unprotected materials. The estate of Marvin Gaye threatened Blurred Lines authors Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams claiming that the hit was an infringement of Got to Give it Up by Gaye. This…
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    Copyfight

  • SCOTUS vs CAFC, Round N+1

    20 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    I noted last year that the CAFC seems to be hell-bent on interpreting the laws however it damn well pleases, despite Supreme Court decisions to the contrary. Guess what? It's still happening. This time (in a case called Teva Pharmaceuticals v Sandoz) the Supreme Court has once again rejected the CAFC's practice of conducting de novo reviews of cases that appear before it. In this case, Teva had its patent upheld as valid by a lower court in its suit against Sandoz. But when the case reached the CAFC the higher court decided to reopen the claims construction argument and reversed, finding the…
  • That Thudding Sound You Heard

    12 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    Was the bodies hitting the floor as a Golden Globes award night went by for the first time with no award going to anything by a broadcast network (except PBS). The network shut-out also included a surprise rise in Amazon's star, as the commerce giant has struggled to get its past original content recognized. Golden Globe awards propelled Netflix to its new position as rival to HBO and it may be the case that Amazon now has to be considered. This leaves broadcast in an even worse position and encourages people to move off cable and onto purely digital (Internet) systems to get the hot new…
  • A Smaller Piece of a Much Bigger Market

    7 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    News outlets this week (here on Forbes) are reporting that Toyota is "giving away" its patents on hydrogen-fueled cars. That's not entirely true - it's making available royalty-free use of a wide swath of its worldwide patent portfolio related to the hydrogen fuel systems for the next five years. That's still a big deal, as there are well over 5,000 patents in there covering everything from the fuel cell itself to how you build systems to refuel them. And that last is the big deal, I think. Toyota faced a classic monopolist dilemma: being the first mover and having a consistent investment…
  • Jim Hines' Writing Income

    6 Jan 2015 | 12:18 pm
    As he has done for the last several years, author Jim Hines has posted a rough breakdown of his annual income. 2014 was a good year for him and his numbers put him well above the median for authors. Given that the self-publishing world is suffering from a glut of writing, it's interesting to see that Hines is still making the vast bulk of his income from US novel sales. Most of his professionally published novels have now sold enough copies to pay back their advances, which I understand is also rarer than you'd expect. So Hines' numbers are, as he says, a datapoint but I'm not sure how much…
  • Cory Doctorow Would Like You to Know About Downpour

    2 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    Over at Boingboing, Cory has a New Year's paean to downpour.com, a company that is competing with market-dominating Audible. Notably, downpour is pursuing a DRM-free business model, in stark contrast to Audible's insistence that it has to slap DRM on everything. Doctorow would also like you to remember he considers DRM "an existential threat to humanity", an eyebrow-raising bit of hyperbole. That said, DRM is far and away the worst thing about digital audiobooks, serving as both a way to lock you out of your own books and a way to maintain Audible's near-total monopoly on the marketplace. DRM…
 
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    Creative Commons » Commons News

  • Finnish translation of CC0 published

    Kat Walsh
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    Congratulations to the CC Finland team for the Finnish translation of CC0! If it seems like you just saw them featured here, you’re not mistaken; they published the first official translation of the 4.0 suite just a few months ago, and now they are the first to have the complete set of CC legal tools available in their language. Our thanks and congratulations again to the team of Maria Rehbinder of Aalto University, legal counsel and license translation coordinator of CC Finland; Martin von Willebrand, Attorney-at-Law and Partner, HH Partners, Attorneys-at-law Ltd: for translation…
  • New job at CC: Software developer

    Matt Lee
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Today, we’re opening up a new job posting, for a developer. This person will work with our education team and existing technical lead to develop tools that facilitate the discovery, curation, use and re-use of freely available online content. The job will involve leading an overhaul of CC’s Open Education Resources (OER) Policy Registry and combine it with other catalogs to create a one-stop, global Open Policy Registry hosted under the umbrella of the Open Policy Network. From the job description: Creative Commons is a global nonprofit organization focused on enabling the open commons…
  • For Faithful Digital Reproductions of Public Domain Works Use CC0

    Jane Park
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what’s at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. Today’s topic is the “Public Domain.” The public domain is our cultural commons and a public trust. Copyright policy should seek to promote, and not diminish, this crucial resource. Creative Commons has long upheld that faithful…
  • The Limits of Copyright: Text and Data Mining

    Timothy Vollmer
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what’s at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. Today’s topic is about supporting fair use, a legal doctrine in the United States and a few other countries that permits some uses of copyrighted works without the author’s permission for purposes such as parody, criticism, teaching, and news…
  • Using CC music in video: Free webinar tomorrow!

    Elliot Harmon
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:12 pm
    On January 21, I’ll be joining Free Music Archive’s Cheyenne Hohman for a free webinar on how to find and use CC-licensed music in your video projects. Join us for a great discussion. From FMA’s announcement: If you make videos, or you make music for videos, or you just like learning new stuff, tune in tomorrow to our webinar! We’ll be allowing a few guests in to our Hangout and then broadcasting for everyone else. The webinar will begin at 3PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, January 21st. Special guest and Creative Commons expert Elliot Harmon will be co-hosting with…
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    Copyright Litigation Blog

  • Dunnington Partner Raymond J. Dowd to Keynote NYS Bar Association Trusts & Estates Event

    14 Jan 2015 | 2:19 pm
        Dunnington Partner Raymond J. Dowd will present the luncheon keynote lecture at the annual meeting of the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York Bar Association on January 28, 2015.  The Trusts and Estates Law Section is one of the largest sections of the New York State Bar Association, and its annual meeting attracts over six hundred attendees.  Mr. Dowd will address the topic Nazi Art Looting, Stolen Art and Our Museums: Why The Ghosts of The Past Still Haunt Us.  Tickets to the luncheon are available through http://www.nysba.org/Trusts/.The…
  • 75 Last Minute 2014 Year-End Tax Savings Tips from Dunnington

    13 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
      Season’s Greetings! As the year comes to a close, so does the period for tax planning for the year 2014.  My partner Joe Michaels has composed a Memorandum entitled "75 Last Minute 2014 Year-End Tax Savings Tips” that you may find helpful in doing some last minute 2014 income, gift and estate tax planning, as well as of assistance in preparing your 2014 Federal, State and local income tax returns, and planning for the coming year.  The Memorandum may be accessed by clicking here.  The Memorandum is interactive in the sense that if you “click” on a subject in the…
  • Saving Mona Lisa: Nazi Art Looting and The Great Treasures of The Louvre

    7 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Nazi Art Looting Revealed: Book Review: Saving Mona Lisa: The Battle To Protect The Louvre & Its Treasures During World War II by Gerri Chanel (2014 Heliopa Press) $18.95 325 pp.         "You put all your artwork in a basement?  You're crazy!" yelled James Rorimer at a director of the Louvre Museum when, in the summer of 1944 he learned how the French had managed to safeguard the Louvre's treasures against the ravages of World War II.  According to Gerri Chanel, author of Saving Mona Lisa, this exchange did nothing to endear…
  • Art Law Event Of The Year This Friday!

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    7th Annual Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice InstituteFriday, November 21, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Member Price:   $200Non-Member Attorney Price:   $250Law Office Staff:   $50 Intended Audience: Non-attorney may register as law office staffClick Here to download orderformLocation: 2nd Floor AuditoriumCourse ID: C112114Credits: 8 NJ Credits: 3 Ethics; 5 General8 NY Credits: 3 Ethics; 1 Skills; 4 PP/LPM; Transitional and Non-transitionalCourse Description: For the 7th consecutive year, join us for this special program which brings…
  • Pretrial Practice in the Southern District of New York - Thurgood Marshall Courthouse

    10 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
        Federal Bar AssociationSouthern District New York Chapter & Civil Rights SectionIn Conjunction with New York County Lawyers’ Association  Cordially Invites You to this CLE:  Pre-Trial Practice in the Southern District of New YorkA Panel Discussion with the Magistrate Judges of the SDNY November 13, 20144:00 -7:00PM SDNY Thurgood Marshall Courthouse,40 Centre Street, Room 506, New York, NY Topics Include:Initial Conference, Discovery & Sanctions, Settlement Conferences,Consent to Proceed before a Magistrate Judge, and Best Practices  3 NY…
 
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    Coyle's InFormation

  • Real World Objects

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

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

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    Multi-Entity Models of Resource Description in the Semantic Web: A comparison of FRBR, RDA, and BIBFRAMEby Tom Baker, Karen Coyle, Sean PetiyaPublished in: Library Hi Tech, v. 32, n. 4, 2014 pp 562-582 DOI:10.1108/LHT-08-2014-0081Open Access PreprintThe above article was just published in Library hi Tech. However, because the article is a bit dense, as journal articles tend to be, here is a short description of the topic covered, plus a chance to reply to the article.We now have a number of multi-level views of bibliographic data. There is the traditional "unit card" view, reflected in MARC,…
  • Classes in RDF

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    RDF allows one to define class relationships for things and concepts. The RDFS1.1 primer describes classes succinctly as:Resources may be divided into groups called classes. The members of a class are known as instances of the class. Classes are themselves resources. They are often identified by IRIs and may be described using RDF properties. The rdf:type property may be used to state that a resource is an instance of a class.This seems simple, but it is in fact one of the primary areas of confusion about RDF.If you are not a programmer, you probably think of classes in terms of taxonomies --…
  • Citations get HOT

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    The Public Library of Science research section, PLOSLabs (ploslabs.org) has announced some very interesting news about the work that they are doing on citations, which they are calling "Rich Citations".Citations are the ultimate "linked data" of academia, linking new work with related works. The problem is that the link is human-readable only and has to be interpreted by a person to understand what the link means. PLOS Labs have been working to make those citations machine-expressive, even though they don't natively provide the information needed for a full computational analysis.Given what…
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    Plagiarism Today

  • 3 Count: Quick Reversal

    Jonathan Bailey
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Marvin Gaye – Judge Allows Marvin Gaye’s Music To Be Played In Blurred Lines Trial First off today, Contact Music reports that, in a stunning reversal, the judge in the Blurred Lines lawsuit has decided to allow the jury to hear Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” in court so long as they are edited to remove unprotected materials. The estate of Marvin Gaye threatened Blurred Lines authors Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams claiming that the hit was an infringement of Got to Give it Up by Gaye. This…
  • The Revival of Paid Piracy

    Jonathan Bailey
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:33 pm
    In January 2012 New Zealand and U.S. authorities shuttered the cyberlocker site Megaupload and arrested the site’s founder, Kim Dotcom. In the aftermath of the high-profile closure, a panic was sent through the entire cyberlocker system. Several sites voluntarily shut their doors, others stopped 3rd party sharing and still others ended their affiliate programs, winding down a policy of paying for downloads. But in the years since, Kim Dotcom’s extradition case has dragged on the cyberlocker scene has recovered at least some. Though cyberlockers may not have anywhere near the traffic they…
  • 3 Count: Comeback Story

    Jonathan Bailey
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:57 am
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Sly Stone Wins $5 Million Verdict in Lawsuit Against Former Manager and Attorney First off today, Ted Johnson at Variety reports that funk singer Sly Stone, real name Sylvester Stewart, has awarded $5 million in his lawsuit against his former manager, Gerald Goldstein, and attorney, Glenn Stone. According to the lawsuit, originally filed in 2010, Goldstein and Stone had Stewart sign an employment and shareholder agreement with their production company, Even St. Productions, and then used that agreement to…
  • TrueTimeStamp: Free, Offline Timestamping and Verification

    Jonathan Bailey
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    The challenge of proving when a work was created is one that tech companies have attacked for over a decade. On this site alone, we’ve looked at more than half a dozen different services that attempt to make it easy for creators to prove when they created a work. The list includes sites such as Myows, Safe Creative, Numly, Registered Commons and, for programmers, DepotCode. All of those services have their strengths and weaknesses. However, none of them have been completely free (though several offer free tiers) and all required the service to be online to verify the timestamp of the work.
  • 3 Count: Music Day

    Jonathan Bailey
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Sam Smith Gives Credit to Tom Petty in ‘Amicable Agreement’ Over Stay With Me Royalties First off today, CBC News is reporting that British singer Sam Smith has settled a dispute with American musician Tom Petty in a dispute over Smith’s 2014 track Stay With Me, which many felt had an eerily similar chorus to Petty’s 1989 I Won’t Back Down. Smith has repeatedly said that the similarity was just a coincidence but acknowledged the overlap. Nonetheless, Smith has agreed to add Petty and co-writer Jeff…
 
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    Beyond the Book

  • Candidates Hits Chicago And ALA Midwinter

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Politics makes for heated conversations. Any warmth will be welcome in Chicago in late January, though, where the American Library Association is holding its annual Midwinter Meeting. There, the race for ALA President is underway and promising to be generate excitement. “ALA politics is generally not of much interest, but this year, I think it’s clear that’s starting to change,” notes Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “In particular, the ALA presidency has markedly evolved. It has always been an honor to serve as ALA president, of course. But usually, the role has…
  • Help Mark Dressler Fight Cancer

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    The list of things we take for granted is a long one. And then, something happens to remind us of what matters most. Of course, it’s the people who matter. In the swirl of activity that takes up our waking hours – from home to work and back – we encounter and interact with many people. In this special edition of our program, we want to tell you important news about one man – Mark Dressler — who means a great deal to everyone at Beyond the Book. And we want to invite you to join us in helping Mark as he fights colon cancer. Mark Dressler (right) speaks with UK-based designer…
  • The Global Licensing Landscape

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    At last week’s Buying & Selling Content 2015, attendees heard presenters from start-ups, international marketing agencies and leading publishers enumerate the new rules of buying and selling content. From data licensing and copyright to mobile, apps, and SaaS platforms, the conference – organized by SIIA, the Software & Information Industry Association – addressed a range of controversial global licensing issues. In a panel discussion. Dawn Conway, Cision COO, and Andrew Hughes, Commercial Director, NLA media access, explored how “media monitoring organizations” –…
  • Obama Echoes Libraries For Free & Open Internet

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    In this week’s State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, President Barack Obama promoted the value of education and entrepreneurship as well as pledged a response to global warming. But a major plank in the speech specifically singled out a “free and open Internet” as a top Administration concern. Publishers Weekly senior writer Andrew Albanese thinks the President has been listening to the nation’s librarians. “Whether it is net neutrality or billions in funding for broadband in libraries and schools, the ‘library lobby’ has been pushing hard – and…
  • They Know What You Read

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    The owners of ebook platforms now have unprecedented and previously unattainable knowledge about how people read. They literally see every time an ebook is opened; on what device it is being opened; how fast it is read; and whether passages or entire works are re-read. Perhaps most dismaying of all for authors and publishers alike, they even know many ebooks that are bought are never “cracked,” let alone finished. Recorded at last week’s Digital Book World Conference + Expo 2015 representatives of global ebook platforms offered revealing insights into what they know abut…
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    DigitalKoans

  • Retirement Planning: "The 4 Percent Rule Is Not Safe in a Low-Yield World"

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    Michael S. Finke, Wade D. Pfau, and David Blanchett have self-archived "The 4 Percent Rule Is Not Safe in a Low-Yield World." Here's an excerpt: The safety of a 4% initial withdrawal strategy depends on asset return assumptions. Using historical averages to guide simulations for failure rates for retirees spending an inflation-adjusted 4% of retirement […]
  • Web Developer at University of Texas at Arlington

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    The University of Texas at Arlington is recruiting a Web Developer. Here's an excerpt from the ad: The Web Developer position is responsible for the technical leadership, management and development of UT Arlington Libraries' websites, including online digital collections, web applications and other innovative digital initiatives. Digital Scholarship | Digital Library Jobs | Library IT […]
  • Data, Science and Systems Librarian at Mount Allison University

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    Mount Allison University is recruiting a Data, Science and Systems Librarian. Here's an excerpt from the ad: Science Provision of subject liaison support, including in-depth research assistance, for the Sciences (Aviation, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, and Psychology). . . . Systems Overseeing the configuration, implementation, maintenance […]
  • Digital Curation News (1/29/2015) #digitalcuration #digitalpreservation #researchdata

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:41 am
    The Next Generation of Digital Stewards All in the (Apple ProRes 422 Video Codec) Family Try Sufia: A Fedora 4 Plus Hydra Combination HydraCamp@mdash;Yale 2015 IASSIST 2015@mdash;Call for Papers Digital Scholarship | Digital Curation News | Digital Curation and Digital Preservation Works from Digital Scholarship
  • "Ask The Chefs: What Do You Think Will Have the Biggest Impact on Scholarly Publishing In 2015?"

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    Ann Michael has published "Ask the Chefs: What Do You Think Will Have The Biggest Impact on Scholarly Publishing In 2015" in The Scholarly Kitchen. Here's an excerpt: According to the Chefs, we're looking at a year of mergers and acquisitions, the continuing growth of open access both in number of opportunities and in scale, […]
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    Digitization 101

  • #ALISE2015 : Dr. Saskia Sassen - Keynote address

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:54 pm
    This was a tough talk to take notes on, because it was hard for me to capture her concepts.  She is fascinating and her thoughts are indeed important.Title - The Larger Ecologies of Meaning with Which We Use Technology and Experience Globalization" www.saskiasassen.comShe began by saying that there is no conclusion to her talk.  What happens when stabilized categories - like the middle class - become unstable?Analytic tactics Destabilizing stable meaningsInto the shadows of powerful explanations - what don't I see when I evoke a powerful explanation?When territory exits conventional…
  • #ALISE2015 : Juried Panel: Diversifying the reflection of LIS education programs: Spectrum doctoral fellows in the front of the classroom

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Nicole A. Cooke - The Spectrum Doctoral Scholarship program was begun in 2007, with a cohort of 12.The ultimate goal usto increase racial death in diversity among the disciplines's  and the profession'so next generation of LIS faculty and leaders.Four Fellows have now become LIS faculty members and two more have graduated and are working in libraries.From fellow to faculty: Transition: Challenging - need help with expectation managementNeed for continuous mentoringFlexibility and growthFusing teaching, research and services - time management is important Continuous advocacy and…
  • #ALISE2015 : SIG Program: Innovative Pedagogies

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    The first speakers - led by Paul Solomon - taklked about thinking outside the box with their doctoral program.  They hold a short boot camp with the doctoral students, in order to help them focus. The students found it very helpful in grounding them. American Pragmatism - Chuck Curran, et al Need better theory and practice integration.  More integration would allow for the development of new theories.  While American Pragmatism is not new, it could be a new way of thinking into our courses.   Case based learning as a way of teaching information ethics - Mirah Dow, et al…
  • #ALISE2015 : SIG Program: Part-time and Adjunct Faculty

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Jennifer Sweeney - Survey of Contingent Faculty in LIS: Preliminary Findings Are they different than other adjuncts?Using ALISE statistics, beginning in 2005, the number of adjuncts outnumbers the number of full-time faculty.  In 2010, nearly as many full time faculty as adjuncts.Research Question: What are the characteristics of contingent faculty in LIS?  Modeled on 2010 Coalition on the Academic Workforce surveyWhat do we mean by "contingent"?  Employed for a specified time period Not tenured or tenure-trackPart time or full timeA variety of titlesMethods Online survey…
  • #ALISE2015 : Re-constructing Utopia: How LIS educators and practitioners can dismantle structural racism on the Internet and in the profession

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:15 pm
    They did the presentation at the Joint Confernce for Librarians of Color in 2012. Stacie Williams - #FactsOnlyLIS :  More people using social media than ever before.People are documenting events of historical significance.75% of people on social media at anytime are African American.Social media is being by people who are underrepresented by the traditional media.Sourcing: Social media is also how people share the news.What happens when sources use corrupted sources?People use social media for agenda-setting.Are people unknowingly using sources that are extremely biased - without knowing…
 
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    Dear Rich: An Intellectual Property Blog

  • Reading Passages of Classic Literature in Movie

    The Dear Rich Staff
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: There is a scene in the feature film I am currently making where a character turns on the radio and listens to the host read a small passage from classic literature (something like Romeo and Juliet). Would there be any copyright issues? Everything published in the United States before 1923 is in the public domain in the United States. Everything created by authors who died more than 70 years ago is in the public domain in almost every country other than the United States. Thus, classic works of literature like the complete works of William Shakespeare are in the public domain…
  • Can I Make Audiobooks for Private Use?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: Is it legal to borrow a book from my local library, make my own homemade audiobook, return the book afterwards, and keep the audio files I produced? I only want to make audiobooks for my own personal research and study, but I don't know if this breaks some copyright about making unauthorized copies. These audiobooks are just for my private research. Yes, you're likely violating copyright law; only the copyright owner can create derivative versions. But if you're the only one listening to them and you're not distributing copies, we doubt whether the copyright owners will know or…
  • Nonprofit Wants to Translate Screenplay

    The Dear Rich Staff
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I'm the director of a small amateur nonprofit theatre company that puts on plays in Italian. We're planning our next production, and we want to adapt a movie screenplay into a stage play. This would involve translating the screenplay into Italian and adapting for the stage. Do we need to obtain permission to do this or would this adaptation by a nonprofit be a fair use? The copyright laws apply to nonprofits the same way they do to for-profit enterprises. When a person creates a work like a screenplay, he or she automatically obtains a bundle of exclusive copyright rights in…
  • Wants to Control Use of Video and Photos of Workshops

    The Dear Rich Staff
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I work for an environmental non-profit and I have a question about how to handle photos and videos at our workshops. While presenting to schools, or out in the community we sometimes have people video tape our presentation or shoot photos of our step to step instructions. If people are using the images or video for their personal use then we are ok with that, or if they have a blog and they want to post what they learned then that’s great, we could use the exposure!!! What we don’t want if people filming our workshops and then using that video to educate others, same with the…
  • Can I Make a 90's Blog Using TV Images?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I've recently created a 90's blog, where I would basically like to make posts with reviews and commentary about various things from the 90's (TV shows, music, video games, etc). I'm wondering...would it be considered "fair use" if I use a picture based on what I'm posting about? For example, if I'm reviewing a TV show, I would have a picture from the show in the post, if I'm giving my thoughts on an album, I would have a picture of that particular album in the post. Based on things that I've read on your website, I don't think that I would be in violation of any copyright laws,…
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    PrivacyNet

  • Not Password Protected (But Users Are Improving)

    Gordon Platt
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    The most favored passwords of 2014 make for a frustrating read upon first glance. Most of the usual suspects appear in the list of password protected terms that give users a false sense of security, from the highly memorable (and hackable) ‘123456’ to the unacceptably inexplicable ‘password.’ All of this could lead us to believe that despite high-profile hackings and increasingly living our lives online, a significant proportion of people still don’t consider digital security an important issue. View image | gettyimages.com While that may be true for a certain…
  • Mo’ Piracy, Mo’ Money Problems for Mobile App Developers

    Gordon Platt
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    Often when we think of content theft it’s movies and music that immediately spring to mind. In reality, though, the entire spectrum of creators feels the effects of piracy on their income, big or small, rich or poor, old or even new school creative pursuits. Mobile gaming falls very much into the latter category, yet faces much the same challenge as more traditional media outlets: getting consumers to pay them for the apps that they enjoy. Developer Ustwo found that out the hard way with their hit game Monument Valley, for which the company believes only 5% of Android users have paid.
  • Another Day, Another (Million) Piracy Sites to Process

    Gordon Platt
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    Enforcement against copyright-infringing content links  is proving ineffective, as we’ve highlighted before. As if to underscore that point for the year gone by, Torrent Freak published results earlier this week that show Google processed more than 345 million requests to remove pirate links in 2014. That’s more than one million takedown requests each business day, and almost enough to make it one million every day, regardless of resources and operating hours. Seventeen percent of the removal requests came from the British Phonographic Institute, the United Kingdom-equivalent of…
  • A New Era of Digital Connectivity (and Vulnerability?)

    Gordon Platt
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    We live in an increasingly connected world, as anyone whose smart phone regularly beeps at 4 in the morning will be all too aware. The current state of digital connectivity is just the tip of the iceberg, however, as a new wave of wi-fi-enabled accessories and smart consumer goods prepares to flood the market, starting at the CES 2015 trade show this week. View image | gettyimages.com A New York Times article previewing the show underlines the fact that the Internet of Things creates a new market for more than just everyday consumer goods: “Traditionally, the show’s focus on…
  • Facebook Year in Review Falls Flat for Many Users

    Gordon Platt
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) At this time of year it’s natural to look back on the last twelve months and reflect on what went well, what went wrong, and everything in between. Unfortunately for Facebook, its attempt to aid this reflection will actually be one of those that went wrong. Year in Review is the social network’s attempt to bring back the memories of your year, from highlights to hard times. The problem is that the feature’s algorithm failed to offer enough customization options, so that users could edit out elements of the year that they preferred to remain out of…
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