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  • Eleventh Upholds Case-by-Case Infringement Review Concept

    Copyfight
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    This month the 11th Circuit handed down a copyright decision on professors' rights to make and use copies of material excerpting copyrighted books. The case involved three big houses (Cambridge U Press, Oxford U Press, and Sage) that sued Georgia State University over a policy that allowed copied excerpt use in class. When the case was originally decided, the judge used a somewhat novel case-by-case examination of the incidents rather than ruling on the policy as a whole. In its review, the 11th largely upheld that approach, which had led the judge to find for the defendants in all but five…
  • Sketchfab announces CC licensing; Microsoft, HTC, and British Museum early adopters

    Creative Commons » Commons News
    Elliot Harmon
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Sketchfab – an awesome website for sharing 3D models – just unveiled an option to make files downloadable. All of the files marked for download are available under Creative Commons licenses, including those from some big players like HTC, Microsoft, the British Museum and celebrated designer Francis Bitonti. Granite head of Amenemhat III / British Museum / CC BY 4.0 From the announcement: This makes Sketchfab not only the best and easiest way to publish and embed a 3D file, but also a great place to find and use 3D content – for example for 3D printing, to build video games…
  • 76th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: Murder, Mystery and Masterpieces: Ethical Implications of WWII Stolen Art

    Copyright Litigation Blog
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The Brandeis Association and the Queens Women’s Bar Association Present: Murder, Mystery & Masterpieces:The Ethical Implications of World War II Stolen ArtGuest SpeakersProfessor John Q. Barrett, St. John’s University School of LawRaymond J. Dowd, Esq., Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller, LLP NOVEMBER 6, 2014,  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Queens County Bar Association,90-35 148thStreet, Jamaica, NY 11435 Light Kosher Supper at 5:302.5 CLE Credits in Ethics and Professionalism. This event is free.  Registration is required for all participants beforeNovember 1,…
  • Head of School Bookshelf: The Innovators Edition

    John Palfrey
    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…
  • Citations get HOT

    Coyle's InFormation
    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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    Copyfight

  • Eleventh Upholds Case-by-Case Infringement Review Concept

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    This month the 11th Circuit handed down a copyright decision on professors' rights to make and use copies of material excerpting copyrighted books. The case involved three big houses (Cambridge U Press, Oxford U Press, and Sage) that sued Georgia State University over a policy that allowed copied excerpt use in class. When the case was originally decided, the judge used a somewhat novel case-by-case examination of the incidents rather than ruling on the policy as a whole. In its review, the 11th largely upheld that approach, which had led the judge to find for the defendants in all but five…
  • Everything You Need to Know About Doing a Kickstarter

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    That is, doing a successful Kickstarter if you're a slightly quirky not-at-all-mainstream artist that has something of a fan base. Under the title "One Weird Trick..." the musical duo called The Doubleclicks gives you all their secrets and advice. The one weird trick turns out to be "have an audience" because their Kickstarter drew heavily on the existing fan base. This is not surprising - patronage models are something we've talked about extensively and Kickstarter (and Patreon and their ilk) are fun ways for people to give more money to creative folk they already support. But beyond that,…
  • Is Patent Valuation a Leading Indicator of Trolls' Demise?

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    This is kind of an esoteric idea so let me see if I can unpack it a bit: patents are bought and sold, as well as licensed. Sometimes the patent buyers are people who think they can use the patents to make money not by producing product but by suing others who do produce. These people are generally known as "patent trolls", though I feel compelled to re-remind everyone that there's not a good definition distinguishing a troll from other non-producing entities such as universities. Generally, people are more likely to pay for something they think they can make more money with. That's supposed…
  • Free Music in a Capitalist Society

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    In a keynote speech that ranges from his early utopian community days with the Stooges to BitTorrent and Kim Dotcom, Iggy Pop shows he is still as with it and still as relevant as ever. Pop talks about the music business, then and now, and how he has come to understand and be happy with his place in it. For him, music is a passion and a joy and likely never will be a sensible business proposition. He does suggest that others who want to be in the business get a good entertainment lawyer, though, so they don't have to wait as many decades as he did to see the royalty checks finally come in.
  • Art & Law in Chicago

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Our friends at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago sent me an announcement for their 6th Annual Symposium that is taking place in a couple weeks. The theme this time is "Art Meets Law: The Intersection of Art and Intellectual Property" and features filmmaker and political critic Michael Moore as a keynote speaker. The event will take place at the School, 315 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, on October 24th. The Symposium will be a day-long event (8:30-4:30) with Mr Moore's keynote scheduled for lunchtime. Contact Christine Kraly (Public Affairs Director) at 312-427-2737 ext. 171 or…
 
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    Creative Commons » Commons News

  • Sketchfab announces CC licensing; Microsoft, HTC, and British Museum early adopters

    Elliot Harmon
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Sketchfab – an awesome website for sharing 3D models – just unveiled an option to make files downloadable. All of the files marked for download are available under Creative Commons licenses, including those from some big players like HTC, Microsoft, the British Museum and celebrated designer Francis Bitonti. Granite head of Amenemhat III / British Museum / CC BY 4.0 From the announcement: This makes Sketchfab not only the best and easiest way to publish and embed a 3D file, but also a great place to find and use 3D content – for example for 3D printing, to build video games…
  • CC Science’s Indian November

    Puneet Kishor
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    We are in New Delhi and Mumbai for a number of presentations, workshops and meetings. Please come say hello if you are at these events or in the area. SciDataCon2014 in New Delhi The International Conference on Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability (SciDataCon) is motivated by the conviction that the most research challenges cannot be addressed without attending to issues relating to research data essential to all scientific endeavors. However, several cultural and technological challenges are still preventing the research community from realizing the full benefits of…
  • LRMI stewardship transferred to Dublin Core Metadata Initiative

    Cable Green
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
      Re-post from: http://www.lrmi.net/lrmi-transfers-stewardship Effective October 23, 2014, leadership and governance of the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), an education metadata project developed to improve discoverability and delivery of learning resources, have transferred from the Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons to the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI). This long-planned transfer represents a logical next step for the LRMI since the project has reached the end of its initial scope of work.  DCMI will take the leadership role in advancing…
  • Kenya Ministry of ICT congratulates School of Open for transformative model of learning

    Alex Gakuru
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    SOO Africa Launch Nairobi / CC BY / Phillip Ranja Today the Mr. Joseph Tiampati, Principal Secretary of the Ministry of ICT of Kenya gave a speech to formally launch the School of Open Africa in Nairobi. The full text of the speech is below and also available as a PDF. In addition, a congratulatory message from Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology was delivered by Mr. John Temba, Head of ICT in Education at the Ministry. More info on the event from our announcement post yesterday. Some highlights from the speech: The Ministry recognizes Kenya…
  • Build a commons for everyone

    Ryan Merkley
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    I joined CC in June of this year, and immediately set out to update our strategy. I spent the summer working with our staff, affiliates, board, partners, and funders to understand the needs and the opportunities, and to plan for 2015 and beyond. Today, we’re focused on three strategic objectives: A vibrant commons. Supporting the CC license suite so it’s easy to contribute to the commons —from improving the experience on platforms, to enhancing our license chooser, to translating the 4.0 licenses; A usable commons. Helping creators find and reuse the content they want…
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    Copyright Litigation Blog

  • 76th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: Murder, Mystery and Masterpieces: Ethical Implications of WWII Stolen Art

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The Brandeis Association and the Queens Women’s Bar Association Present: Murder, Mystery & Masterpieces:The Ethical Implications of World War II Stolen ArtGuest SpeakersProfessor John Q. Barrett, St. John’s University School of LawRaymond J. Dowd, Esq., Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller, LLP NOVEMBER 6, 2014,  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Queens County Bar Association,90-35 148thStreet, Jamaica, NY 11435 Light Kosher Supper at 5:302.5 CLE Credits in Ethics and Professionalism. This event is free.  Registration is required for all participants beforeNovember 1,…
  • NAZI ART LOOTING RESTITUTION SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT LEADS TO CHRISTIE’S AUCTION OF RARE ARTWORK

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    New York, NY (MMD Newswire) October 16, 2014 - Christie's auction house today announced the upcoming November 5 evening Impressionist and Modern auction of Town on the Blue River (1910) an extremely rare watercolor landscape by the Austrian artist Egon Schiele (1890-1918). The auction is the result of the successful resolution of a restitution settlement agreement with the estate of Fritz Grünbaum, a Viennese Jewish cabaret performer in (1880-1941) who died in the Dachau Concentration Camp.  Town on the Blue River (Stadt am blauen Fluss - Krumau)(1910)In 1998, the plight of Fritz…
  • Law on the Half Shell: Film Screening and Discussion On Oysters and the Law October 15 in NYC

    3 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Dunnington partner Raymond J. Dowd invites you to a screening of the internationally acclaimed documentary SHELLSHOCKED – Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves and follow-up discussion of the legal controversies brewing over oysters.  The event is to be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the New York County Lawyers’ Association (14 Vesey Street, New York, NY). Formerly known as the oyster capital of the world, New York Harbor is now bereft of oysters.  Overfishing and pollution have devastated oyster reefs worldwide, leading to their labeling as the ‘most severely…
  • Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska To Swear In New Federal Bar Association SDNY Chapter Officers October 7, 2014

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Swearing In of New Officers by The Honorable Loretta A. PreskaChief JudgeSouthern District of New York Date: October 7, 2014, 5 p.m.Location: Courtroom 12ADaniel P. Moynihan United States Courthouse500 Pearl Street Light refreshments …
  • Dunnington Partner Raymond J. Dowd’s Copyright Litigation Handbook Selected for Columbia Law School Copyright Dispute Resolution Externship

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
       Copyright Litigation Handbook (West-Thomson Reuters 2013-2014 ed.), authored by Dunnington partner Raymond J. Dowd, was selected as the text for Columbia University School of Law’s “Copyright Dispute Resolution Externship,” taught by Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP  partners David Kappos and David Marriott.  The Externship is limited to eight competitively selected Columbia Law J.D. and LL.M. candidates and is divided into classroom and fieldwork components.   Following a weekly two-hour seminar, students split into four teams of two dedicate ten hours…
 
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    John Palfrey

  • 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
  • The Web at 25: Looking Ahead to What Might Be

    jgpalfrey
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    The Web turns 25 years old this year. What has changed since Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a scientist at CERN in Switzerland, released this gift to the world in 1989? The easier question to answer might be to ask what hasn’t changed. The widespread use of the Web in communities all around the world has touched virtually every aspect of human existence, mostly for good and sometimes for ill. The way that we operate our businesses, the functioning of our democracies, how we relate to other human beings – fundamental aspects of society and welfare are different than they were a quarter-century ago…
  • The Official Launch of the Andover Institute October 17th

    jgpalfrey
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    jgpalfrey:Join us for the launch of the Andover Institute on October 17, 2014! Originally posted on : Andover Institute Launch: A Hub for Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning Please join us to celebrate the official launch of the Andover Institute on Friday, October 17, 2014. The program will feature an incredible line-up of speakers, including academy leaders, external guests, Andover faculty members, current students, and alumni. We are delighted to have Erin Driver-Linn, the Director of the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) as our keynote speaker. Focusing on…
  • Join Us! Scholar in Connected Learning

    jgpalfrey
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    jgpalfrey:A chance to join the new Andover Institute and the famed Phillips Academy math department. .. Originally posted on : As we continue to advance our Connected Learning efforts, we are seeking to hire an experienced math instructor who will support the development of online modules and work with us to explore associated teaching approaches. See the job description below- and please share it with your networks! Scholar in Connected Learning, Andover InstituteThe Andover Institute seeks an experienced mathematics educator to join a dynamic team working on taking highly successful…
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    Coyle's InFormation

  • 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…
  • schema.org - where it works

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    In the many talks about schema.org, it seems that one topic that isn't covered, or isn't covered sufficiently, is "where do you do it?" That is, where does it fit into your data flow? I'm going to give a simple, typical example. Your actual situation may vary, but I think this will help you figure out your own case.The typical situation is that you have a database with your data. Searches go against that database, the results are extracted, a program formats these results into a web page, and the page is sent to the screen. Let's say that your database has data about authors, titles and…
  • This is what sexism looks like

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    [Note to readers: sick and tired of it all, I am going to report these "incidents" publicly because I just can't hack it anymore.]I was in a meeting yesterday about RDF and application profiles, in which I made some comments, and was told by the co-chair: "we don't have time for that now", and the meeting went on.Today, a man who was not in the meeting but who listened to the audio sent an email that said:"I agree with Karen, if I correctly understood her point, that this is "dangerous territory".  On the call, that discussion was postponed for a later date, but I look forward to having…
  • The book you scroll

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I was traveling in Italy where I spend a lot of time in bookstores. I'm looking not only for books to read, but to discover new authors, since Italian bookstores are filled with translations of authors that I rarely see in the few bookstores remaining in my home town of Berkeley, CA. While there I came across something that I find fascinating: the flipback book. These books are small - the one I picked up is about 4 3/4" x 3 1/4". It feels like a good-sized package of post-it notes in your hand. From the outside, other than its size, looks "normal" although the cover design is in…
  • Philosophical Musings: The Work

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    We can't deny the idea of work - opera, oeuvre - as a cultural product, a meaningful bit of human-created stuff. The concept exists, the word exists. I question, however that we will ever have, or that we should ever have, precision in how works are bounded; that we'll ever be able to say clearly that the film version of Pride and Prejudice is or is not the same work as the book. I'm not even sure that we can say that the text of Pride and Prejudice is a single work. Is it the same work when read today that it was when first published? Is it the same work each time that one re-reads it? The…
 
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    Plagiarism Today

  • Limited Posting Through Halloween

    Jonathan Bailey
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Yes, it’s that time of year again. My charity haunted house opened last night to a great crowd but there are three more nights to go, ending on November 1st. Needless to say, things will be a bit quiet around here until then (not that it hasn’t already been more quiet than usual). I’ll also be taking Monday the 3rd and possibly Tuesday the 4th off to rest, recover, do some teardown and work with clients that have urgent work that needs to be done. Also, there will be no podcast recording this week so no podcast is coming up Friday or Monday. However, I do currently plan to record a new…
  • Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 346 – The New Guy

    Jonathan Bailey
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    It’s Monday again and that means it’s time for another episode of the Copyright 2.0 Show! This episode, we introduce a new face, Evan Sheres, currently hailing from Washington D.C. He’s also a singer-songwriter and a pretty fun guy to spend time with in general. This is also the first time in the show’s history that we’ve had someone on it who knows what they are talking about. But we don’t get a whole lot of time for chit chat as we have to jump right in to copyright news, we have 2 and a half weeks worth of stories to cover and only an hour to do it in. We start off the show…
  • 3 Count: Unembeddable Result

    Jonathan Bailey
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Good News for Europeans: Embedding YouTube Videos is Legal After All First off today, Jank Roettgers at GigaOm is reporting that the European Court of Justice has ruled that Embedding a video, such as a YouTube video, is not an infringement. The case centered around BestWater, a German water filter company that sued one of its competitors, which had embedded an ad Bestwater produced on their site. The court ruled that, since the original video was uploaded legally and publicly, the embedding it did not make it…
  • 3 Count: Aereo Injunction

    Jonathan Bailey
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: U.S. Broadcasters Win Preliminary Injunction Against Aereo First off today, Andrew Chung at Reuters reports that Aereo has suffered yet another court setback, with a lower court judge both issuing an injunction against the service and closing the door on one of its arguments that would have kept it alive. Aereo was a TV streaming service that used a series of tiny antennas, one per customer, to capture and stream broadcast TV over the Web. It was sued by the broadcasters but claimed that, since each antenna was…
  • 3 Count: Snippet Skirmish

    Jonathan Bailey
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: German Publishers Bow To Google’s Market Power In Ongoing Text Snippets Fight First off today, Natash Lomas at TechCrunch reports that German newspaper publishers have done an about face and are granting Google a revokable license to display snippets of their content for free in Google News, this after the search giant pulled the snippets following legal action from the publishers. The publishers fought for a “Google Tax” law in Germany that would require search engines to pay for snippets of text. Though…
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    Beyond the Book

  • Publishers In No Hurry For Amazon Antitrust

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Over the summer, as Amazon and Hachette clashed on e-book pricing levels, calls were heard for the federal government to undertake antitrust action against the e-retailing giant. Distraught booksellers and outraged intellectuals alike have challenged the Department of Justice to take on Amazon as a monopolist, even as publishers look the other way. “The Seattle Times ran a story that had tongues wagging this week, as it basically said that making an antitrust case against Amazon will be very difficult,” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “Well, no…
  • Innovations in Global Rights Licensing

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    As traditional sales channels have declined in the digital era, publishers and other content providers have moved to market and distribute their work in innovative and flexible ways. Success in this new environment relies on automated licensing tools that support scalable, hassle-free licensing and permissions in new formats, territories, languages and much more. For a webinar held September 10, Copyright Clearance Center examined several ground-breaking solutions that help make it easy to exchange rights to reuse content – both full and partial text – in new channels. Guests…
  • Recycle, Remix, Resell

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    From the title, you might think we attended an environmental conference for a session looking at waste management as a strategy to drive incremental profitability. Instead, the program was a part of CONTEC 2014, held just before the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair. How can publishers efficiently and affordably monetize their backlist content?  What new opportunities and business models exist for publishers, agents, and authors to license, remix, and resell that content?  And how does direct to consumer publishing fit into the mix? The potential of the backlist may have never been…
  • The Amazon Problem

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Linus van Pelt, the resident intellectual of the Peanuts comic strip, once articulated his philosophy of life as, “No problem is so big or so complicated that it can’t be run away from.” For many years, one could argue, such was the view of book publishers when it came to Amazon. Yet the Amazon problem grew faster than anyone could run. At long last, escape is not an option. “If there is an Amazon problem, it is much bigger than the book business,” observes Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “It is a problem that we as a nation need to discuss— about how our big…
  • Fall & Frankfurt Mean Global E-Book Report Update

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    National e-book markets are like snowflakes.  No two are alike.  Emerging markets particularly engage in approaches of their own.  In India, domestic platforms lead the way; while in Brazil, Apple shows a surprising lead in eBook distribution over the usual suspect. First published in 2011, the Global eBook Report follows international market evolution in e-books, as well as the controversies and debates that inevitably surround the move away from print and toward digital. From the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair, Global eBook Report author Rüdiger Wischenbart joins CCC’s Chris Kenneally to…
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    DigitalKoans

  • DigitalKoans Posts Resume on 11/4/2014

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:15 pm
    DigitalKoans posts will resume on 11/4/2014. Digital Scholarship | "A Quarter-Century as an Open Access Publisher"
  • Digital Curation News (10/28/2014) #digitalpreservation

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Bringing Life to Dead: Role of Wayback Machine in Retrieving Vanished URLs Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track/Digital Curation) Research at Risk–Research Data Management …Where Are We Now? UC3 Dash Service Update: September 2014 Data Librarian Experience (Video) Introduction to Research Data Management (Video) Registering Researchers in Authority Files Data Curator II at Institute for Defense Analyses Digital […]
  • Information Technology Specialist at Library of Congress

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    The Library of Congress is recruiting an Information Technology Specialist. Here's an excerpt from the ad: The information technology specialist will be primarily responsible for systems that are either involved with the production of digital talking books or the production of other digital materials such as digital braille. The work of this position involves responsibility […]
  • Registering Researchers in Authority Files

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    OCLC Research has released Registering Researchers in Authority Files. Here's an excerpt from the announcement: Registering researchers in some type of authority file or identifier system has become more compelling as both institutions and researchers recognize the need to compile their scholarly output. The report presents functional requirements and recommendations for six stakeholders: researchers, funders, […]
  • Data Curator II at Institute for Defense Analyses

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    The Institute for Defense Analyses is recruiting a Data Curator II. Here's an excerpt from the ad: Under minimal supervision, this position creates, manages, protects and preserves digital repositories of data, assists users with data access questions, and interfaces with sponsor or about data requirements/restrictions. Digital Scholarship | Digital Library Jobs | Library IT Jobs […]
 
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    Digitization 101

  • Bibliography: Dynamic Web Conferencing and Presentation Skills For Effective Meetings, Trainings, and Learning Sessions

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    My colleague, Paul Signorelli, shared this bibliography with me.  The introduction states:Web conferencing increasingly is becoming part of our communication toolbox through a variety of free and paid services as we use it to conduct meetings and provide workplace leaning and performance opportunities with colleagues near and far. While not completely replacing our face-to-face workplace encounters, the use of web conferencing tools is proving effective in overcoming many of the constraints we face in terms of travel costs, time, and producing positive, long-term results. What is often…
  • Presentations from LC Designing Storage Architectures 2014 Meeting

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    On September 22-23, 2014 the Library of Congress hosted its annual invitational meeting on Designing Storage Architectures(DSA)  for Digital Collections in Washington, DC.  According to the web site:The DSA meeting brings together technical and industry experts; LC IT and subject matter experts; government specialists with an interest in preservation; decision-makers from a wide range of organizations with digital preservation requirements; and recognized authorities and practitioners of digital preservation. Presentations from that meeting are now available at…
  • Version 2.0 of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF)

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    This announcement came to me in mid-September.  My apologies in not posting it sooner.  The event mentioned below is being held today (Oct. 20).The International Image Interoperability Framework community (http://iiif.io/) is pleased to announce the release of the second major version of its specifications intended to provide a shared layer for dynamic interactions with images and the structure of the collections and objects of which they are part. These APIs are used in production systems to enable cross-institutional integration of content, via mix and match of best of class front…
  • Wayback Wednesday: Tips to help you as you attend conferences (including a new handout)

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Among my blog posts are posts that contains tips and other information related to attending conferences.  Those posts include:Call me maybe? (Business cards)ALA conference tips from T is for TrainingConference Codes of Conduct: Why they are importantThe Cost of Attending a ConferenceWhy conferences matterBy Request: Networking Advice  Last week, I spoke at a session for the SU iSchool MSLIS students, who are interested in attending conferences. The New York Library Association Annual Conference is coming up soon (November) and so this was a good time to talk about conferences in…
  • The stratosphere in the library profession & a call for a change

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Since May of this year, there has been a conversation about how members of our profession conduct themselves at conferences.  The conversation has swirled, coalesced, and then swirled again...and its not yet done.  Rather than point you towards the conversation, which might give a splintered point of view, I want to put forth a call for a change in how the stratosphere - those held in super high regard - in our profession is created and what their obligations are.First, who is in the library profession's stratosphere?  This is an ill defined group and likely we won't agree on…
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    Dear Rich: Nolo's Intellectual Property Blog

  • Old Man and the ©: Book Cover in Video

    The Dear Rich Staff
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    Dear Rich: I'm working on a corporate video that will live on Youtube and Vimeo. In the video, we see the character reading Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea." Do I need permission from the publisher and/or writer's estate to be able to do this? To be clear, the character does not read the book aloud, we only see the book cover (essentially, the book is a prop). The short answer would be that if the book is used as a prop (anything an actor holds or carries), is visible for more than a fleeting shot (30 seconds or more) and if the book is used as a plot point (the character talks…
  • Speedy Scaffolding: Long Wait for Registration

    The Dear Rich Staff
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I wrote a book for contractors and in it I describe a unique and speedy way to erect scaffolding. I was going to self-publish the book but I wanted to wait until I get the copyright registration. The Copyright Office said that it could take up to eight months to process my application. I'm hesitant to publish the book because the process has been a secret up to this point. Does every author have to wait this long? Yes, the processing time for applications is the same for everyone (8 months for online applications, 13 months for paper) unless the applicant qualifies for…
  • Do I Need Releases for Self-Published Photo Book?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Two shots from "Summer Weather" a photo book featuring1983 head shots of aspiring TV weather reportersby Michael Jang Dear Rich: I wanted to self-publish a small collection of my photographs of people. As I will try to sell this, do I need model releases for these old pix? Or, can I apply the 15 percent rule and somehow alter the photographs for fair use? It would be helpful to have a 15% rule to set the boundaries for copying or modifications, but unfortunately no such limitation exists in copyright law. A judge recently attempted to set a 10% standard to justify educational…
  • Let My Copyright Go: The 3D Moses

    The Dear Rich Staff
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
       Michelangelo's original                           3D copy Dear Rich: I’m part of the open source 3D printer community and this question was posted to a forum hosting 3D designs. Someone photographed an exact replica of Michelangelo's Moses at a local college. Someone else, using software, generated a 3D version of the statue. At the college's request these 3D works have been deleted. Given Michelangelo is long dead, I would have thought that both the original and any non-transformative reproductions would be…
  • Can We Download News Clips to Use Within Our TV Show?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: We produce a nationally distributed television program for a client based on crime incidents reported in local media. After reading your article, my client claims that it is totally legal to download copyrighted television news stories from media websites and use them within the television show. Is he right? My understanding is that is television news is protected under a broadcaster’s blanket copyright and may not be used without express permission. We're not sure how your client reached his conclusion but, in general, there is no free pass for downloading copyrighted news…
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  • Piracy Sites Sink Following a Surprise from Google

    Gordon Platt
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    What a difference a week makes. While just last week we were casting a cautious eye on Google‘s anticipated algorithm changes, nine days on and the piracy site search blitz appears to be underway. Given the two years it has taken the company to drag its heels on taking down copyright infringing sites these immediate results are nothing short of astonishing.   Are piracy searches a thing of the past? Google may finally be getting into high gear.   Some sites have sunk as much as 98% in terms of search visibility, according to early reports, especially those with trigger terms…
  • Digitally Insecure? Why We’re Our Own Worst Enemy

    Gordon Platt
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    In light of the recent celebrity hacking scandal that released compromising personal photos to the world, it’s fair to say that most of us are sympathetic to the victims of private data theft . But when it comes to properly securing our own devices, a new survey suggests that we may be as much to blame as the hackers. The survey is a joint venture between the Digital Citizens Alliance and Blackfin Security, released as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month and asking some basic questions that have some concerning answers about our collective attitude to digital data safety.
  • Here’s What’s Wrong with SoundCloud

    Gordon Platt
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Post by TechCrunch. The mission of Berlin-based streaming music service SoundCloud is to “build the leading global platform that helps artists and creators share their music & audio with the world.” It has proven to be a popular site for DJ sets and remixes, sort of like MySpace redux. And here’s the rub, as always, when it comes to DJ’s and remixes, copyright. SoundCloud has had trouble striking deals with copyright holders, and that seems to be posing a major obstacle to long term success. Things seem  to have been working out, to an extent, for…
  • A Cautious Welcome for Google’s Latest Anti-Piracy Action

    Gordon Platt
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    They say a watched pot never boils, but it seems that two years of intense scrutiny over Google’s commitment to curbing piracy may finally be making the waters bubble. In a blog post issued last Friday, the search giant outlined the a long-awaited refresh of its anti-piracy action, including an update on linking frequent DMCA infringement to lower search rankings. Under the microscope, will Google finally adapt for anti-piracy? | Image Credit: TPG In a wide-ranging update, Google covered the following actions: Improved listings of legitimate channels to access content, especially when a…
  • HBO Announcement Sets Up a Banner Year for Entertainment

    Gordon Platt
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Cable and satellite TV stalwart HBO is finally spreading its wings. Yesterday the network company responsible for countless award-winning shows, from “The Sopranos” to “Game of Thrones” and “True Blood,” announced that it will launch an Internet streaming subscription next year, for which the only requirement will be a suitably quick connection. If the last year or two has set the stage for Internet streaming companies to prove their worth, 2015 is all set to raise the curtain for the main performance. Netflix has paved the way for exclusive original…
 
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