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  • #publicdomain?

    Dear Rich: Nolo's Intellectual Property Blog
    The Dear Rich Staff
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear, Rich: I’m trying to properly attribute public domain images in a course pack I’m writing and I’m confused about public domain tags. If a work has entered the public domain without being directly dedicated to the public domain by the owner, there are nearly 100 tags listed under US copyright to indicate exactly why it is in the public domain (i.e. the copyright expired). Some images I’ve come across ask you to use these tags, while others don’t; meanwhile in Canada, there are only four different tags. My question is, do I need to use these tags to explain why it’s in the…
  • Digital Curation News (9/16/2014) #digitalpreservation

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    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    The Citation Revolution Will Not Be Televised: The End of Papers and the Rise of Data Library of Congress Recommended Format Specifications: Encouraging Preservation Without Discouraging Creation Digital Content and Digital Preservation at The Henry Ford Curating Research Data: The Potential Roles of Libraries and Information Professionals (in Journal of Documentation) Completing the Data Life […]
  • Does Book Touring Still Matter?

    Copyfight
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Over on his Whatever blog, John Scalzi gives eight reasons why he answers that question with "yes". As he's presently on a book tour it might be somewhat self-serving for him to say this but actually I think he makes good points and I generally agree with him. Then again, I'm an old fuddy-duddy who insists on reading books via ink smeared on dead trees.
  • Daily awesome from the internet: CC presents the Thing of the Day

    Creative Commons » Commons News
    Elliot Harmon
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    When you go searching for Creative Commons–licensed content, you never know what you’ll find. Sometimes you’ll find the exact photo or piece of sound you were looking for, and sometimes you’ll find something you never could have imagined. We’ve created a new Tumblr blog to celebrate those unusual, beautiful, and quirky CC finds from around the web. It’s the Creative Commons Thing of the Day! Sign up to get the Thing of the Day delivered to your inbox every morning. Here’s the last week and a half in Thing of the Day. Italic Shelf / Ronen Kadushin / CC…
  • Ethical Implications of World War II Stolen Art - This Friday At The Toledo College of Law

    Copyright Litigation Blog
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
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    Copyfight

  • Does Book Touring Still Matter?

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Over on his Whatever blog, John Scalzi gives eight reasons why he answers that question with "yes". As he's presently on a book tour it might be somewhat self-serving for him to say this but actually I think he makes good points and I generally agree with him. Then again, I'm an old fuddy-duddy who insists on reading books via ink smeared on dead trees.
  • Music Business for 21st Century Independent Artists

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Dave Kusek, who used to teach music business at the Berklee Music School here in Boston, has teamed up with music marketer/manager Rick Barker to create a video training series for new artists looking to make it outside the major label system. They're advertising it as a "free video series" (I got one of their ads) and it looks interesting. My guess is there's some hook to help pay for the work Kusek and Barker have done - if you try this thing, write and tell us how it went.
  • Net Neutrality? Still Could Be Kept

    13 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    In case you've been hiding under a very large rock and were not one of the half-million-plus people who sent comments to the FCC this week, the Copyfight readers at Singlehop have a quick overview for you on the topic. If you do want to submit a comment, there are many sites that will help you do that. Here's one from The Nation, which is urging people to get their comments in before the September 15th deadline for public comment. If you live in or near New York or Philadelphia, freepress.net would like to invite you to their public rallies showing that we haven't forgotten. If you live in…
  • Hey, Look, E-Books Still Suck

    9 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    (no, I'm not dead; the IP news scene just hasn't interested me much lately.) Cory Doctorow's latest column for Locus is about Amazon vs Hachette, a slugfest that is benefiting nobody and has been dragging on for months now. In his column, Doctorow points the finger at DRM as a force that will continue to shape things long after the present debate is settled. In particular, Audible (Amazon) has locked up all the e-books (90% of the e-book market) with the willing accommodation of the publishers. Hachette therefore cannot ask its readers to move their e-books off Amazon's infrastructure (store,…
  • Makers, Fan Art, Making it Pay

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

  • Daily awesome from the internet: CC presents the Thing of the Day

    Elliot Harmon
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    When you go searching for Creative Commons–licensed content, you never know what you’ll find. Sometimes you’ll find the exact photo or piece of sound you were looking for, and sometimes you’ll find something you never could have imagined. We’ve created a new Tumblr blog to celebrate those unusual, beautiful, and quirky CC finds from around the web. It’s the Creative Commons Thing of the Day! Sign up to get the Thing of the Day delivered to your inbox every morning. Here’s the last week and a half in Thing of the Day. Italic Shelf / Ronen Kadushin / CC…
  • Hey, CC musicians! Enter the Free! Music! Contest!

    Elliot Harmon
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Every year, our friends at Musikpiraten e.V. host the Free! Music! Contest to find the best Creative Commons–licensed music of the year. CC is proud to serve as a partner in this awesome tradition. This year, anyone who preorders the album of winning selections earns the right to vote for their favorite entries. From the announcement: “With the public voting we want to achieve two things,” explains Christian Hufgard, chairman of the Musikpiraten. “On the one hand, the selection of songs on the CDs are placed on a broader footing. And the obvious choice is to give a…
  • Creative Commons launches School of Open events in Tanzania and Nigeria

    Jane Park
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Today and tomorrow the School of Open launches in Tanzania and Nigeria in conjunction with Mozilla Maker Party! (SOO logo here. Earth icon licensed CC BY by Erin Standley from the Noun Project.) In Tanzania, CC Tanzania is hosting a creative event for kids at the Open University of Tanzania, the first university in the region to offer open and distant learning programs. Kids will use the Internet and open educational resources to create animations. This event occurs today: see the Maker Party page for details. It marks the launch of three training programs around ICT empowerment training for…
  • Time is running out: We all need to support a fair and neutral Internet

    Timothy Vollmer
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    Today a large group of companies and organizations are raising awareness about the importance of net neutrality by joining the Internet Slowdown campaign. The action asks what would happen if large internet service providers (ISPs) and cable companies get their way and are able to squash net neutrality. Net neutrality is the concept that ISPs should treat all data that travels over their networks equally. In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed a framework for “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet.” But to many companies and users the…
  • MapWorks Learning combines OER and open data to protect threatened biodiversity

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

  • Ethical Implications of World War II Stolen Art - This Friday At The Toledo College of Law

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
  • Keys To Copyright's Kingdom: A New Glossary For Copyright Claimants, Lawyers and Judges To Decipher Copyright Office Practices

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

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

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

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

  • 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: 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…
  • Join Us! Scholar in Connected Learning

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • WP:NOTABILITY (and Women)

    4 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    I've been spending quite a bit of time lately following the Wikipedia pages of "Articles for Deletion" or WP:AfD in Wikipedia parlance. This is a fascinating way to learn about the Wikipedia world. The articles for deletion fall mostly into a few categories:Brief mentions of something that someone once thought interesting (a favorite game character, a dearly loved soap opera star, a heartfelt local organization) but that has not been considered important by anyone else. In Wikipedian, it lacks WP:NOTABILITY.Highly polished P.R. intended to make someone or something look more important than it…
  • Linking, really linking

    28 Jun 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Some time ago I posted a bit of wishful thinking about linking search engine results to library holdings. Now Overdrive has made this a reality, at least in Bing:This appears in the "extended information" area of a Bing search for the Girl with a Dragon Tattoo trilogy. This is based on you having an Overdrive account and I believe you may also have to have given the browser permission to use your location.I don't usually use Bing, and so I was unaware that Bing has made much better use of linked data (in part promoted by the use of schema.org standards) than Google. Here is the Google…
  • Let's link!

    10 May 2014 | 8:51 am
    Tom Johnson responded to a statement of mine in which I said that we need non-programmer tools for linked data work. He asked for case studies, and so I'm going to do some "off the top of my head" riffing here, just to see what might come of it.First, let me say a little something about some analogous technology. Let's take HTML. I'm one of those folks who learned HTML many decades ago when all you needed was <p>, <i>, <b> and maybe <hr>. With these, you could create a web page. Web pages in those days didn't have banners, sidebars, tables ... adding an image was going…
  • Works, Expressions, and the Bibliographic Universe

    25 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    In 1545, Conrad Gessner set about to create a bibliography of everything ever published, the Bibliotheca Universalis. He nearly succeeded. In 2004, Google set about to create a digital universal library by digitizing millions of books from library shelves. Shortly thereafter the Internet Archive began a project, the Open Library, to create "One web page for every book ever written." Meanwhile, OCLC's WorldCat has grown to over 300 million records from 72,000 libraries. All of these exemplify the concept of some universal bibliography or database that make up what I am calling, for now, the…
 
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    Beyond the Book

  • Copyright Answers In Your Pocket

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you’re confused about copyright, then you’re beginning to understand the problem. Yet when facing a thorny question on ownership, rights, licenses and enforcement, the answers now fit in a back pocket. From the basics of copyright protection to the challenges of the digital environment, the Pocket Copyright Guide for Publishers has 122 concise and comprehensive pages of responses to copyright’s persistent questions. Authors and publishers can rely on every reply because Laura N. Gasaway respects balance as the first principle of copyright. “I have always believed that balance is…
  • Throwing Elbows in Book World

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Over the last several years, the book world has seen its real estate contract, as much a result of the loss of bookstore chains and the rise of e-retailers as consolidation moves among publishers. In such a world grown small, any move by one player impacts many others. A war for online book sales, for example, may push print sales higher elsewhere. “Following release of quarterly financials from Barnes & Noble, executives suggested that the e-book pricing dispute between Amazon and Hachette had helped to lift sales, although that was not quantified,” reports Andrew Albanese,…
  • E-Readers Dead Or Alive?

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    An auspicious setting and the unveiling of a possibly revolutionary device – it could be a make or break moment in the company’s history. No, we’re not speaking of tomorrow’s much anticipated announcement by Apple from the very same venue in Cupertino where Steve Jobs dramatically unwrapped the Macintosh exactly 30 years ago. Instead this was New York City, at the flagship store of Barnes & Noble. In August, the nation’s last standing bookstore chain presented for the first time the latest edition of the Nook e-reader, its first new tablet in over a year. B&N has…
  • Changes Hit Penguin Random House Leadership

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Penguin and Random House began sharing a single corporate roof in July 2013, and while it’s taken a bit of time, housecleaning has started. “The transformation of editorial operations at Penguin Random House has begun in earnest with creation of the new Penguin Publishing Group, which will house all of Penguin’s adult imprints and be overseen by Madeline McIntosh, who is currently PRH’s president of U.S. operations, and COO,” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. Inevitably for a corporate marriage, the Penguin Random House merger has led to departures…
  • Give Peace A Chance In E-Book Price Fight

    rob@burstmarketing.com (BurstMarketing)
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    As Hachette and Amazon continue to battle over e-book pricing, the case is sometimes made that “books are different” than cars or soap. In the US, of course, books are treated no differently than any other good when it comes to sales and marketing. Across Europe, though, many nations have laws that control pricing, restrict e-commerce, or otherwise protect publishers and authors from unchecked free market forces. Author and publisher Tanja Tuma has fought for such laws in her native Slovenia, and she argues in a recent “open letter” for Publishing Perspectives that the US-based…
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    DigitalKoans

  • Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communication Librarian at Smith College

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    Smith College is recruiting a Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communication Librarian. Here's an excerpt from the ad. Lead digital scholarship initiatives for the Smith College Libraries' Teaching, Learning and Research (TLR) department, working closely with colleagues engaged in the development of digital scholarship at Smith. Promote the adoption of new models of scholarship at Smith […]
  • Next-Gen Learning Spaces, SPEC Kit 342

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    ARL has released Next-Gen Learning Spaces, SPEC Kit 342. Here's an excerpt: This SPEC Kit explores the configuration and uses of library learning spaces, the developments and transformations that have occurred over the past ten years, and future plans for learning spaces to determine where they are on a continuum between first-gen information commons and […]
  • Digital Technologies Development Librarian at Montana State University

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    Montana State University is recruiting a Digital Technologies Development Librarian. Here's an excerpt from the ad. The Digital Technologies Development Librarian has primary responsibility for the development and maintenance of the software that supports the library's data services and digital scholarship programs including data management, scholarly publishing, and data visualization. Located in the Library Informatics […]
  • Younger Americans and Public Libraries

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Pew Research Center has released Younger Americans and Public Libraries. Here's an excerpt: Younger Americans-those ages 16-29-especially fascinate researchers and organizations because of their advanced technology habits, their racial and ethnic diversity, their looser relationships to institutions such as political parties and organized religion, and the ways in which their social attitudes differ from […]
  • Digital Curation News (9/16/2014) #digitalpreservation

    Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    The Citation Revolution Will Not Be Televised: The End of Papers and the Rise of Data Library of Congress Recommended Format Specifications: Encouraging Preservation Without Discouraging Creation Digital Content and Digital Preservation at The Henry Ford Curating Research Data: The Potential Roles of Libraries and Information Professionals (in Journal of Documentation) Completing the Data Life […]
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    Digitization 101

  • Blog post: For God’s Sake, Stop Digitizing Paper

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    In his blog post, Joshua Ranger argues that we should stop digitizing materials that are already in a stable format and turn out attention to those materials that are in an unstable format, like audio and video.  Ranger makes several interesting arguments, which are finding an audience that believe these arguments are worth making.  I suggest that you read his entire piece, then discuss this with your colleagues. Do you find merit in his arguments?  Are his priorities the ones that you are following?This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share…
  • State of Delaware: Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts Act

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Likely you have already heard about this, but in case you haven't. Here is the synopsis as written into the Delaware State House Bill No. 345, which amends that State's Title 12:Recognizing that an increasing percentage of people's lives are being conducted online and that this has posed challenges after a person dies or becomes incapacitated, this Act specifically authorizes fiduciaries to access and control the digital assets and digital accounts of an incapacitated person, principal under a personal power of attorney, decedents or settlors, and beneficiaries of trusts. The Act should be…
  • Two-day event: Avoiding the Memory Hole: Saving Born-Digital News Content, Nov. 10-11, 2014

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The University of Missouri - Columbia is hosting a forum on November 10-11, 2014, entitled "Avoiding the Memory Hole: Saving Born-Digital News Content".  Clifford Lynch (Director of CNI) notes that: Our lack of good preservation strategies for digital news is a serious crisis that has been developing for some time, and another look at the issues and the agenda and strategies going forward seems very timely. Complete information on this event can be found at http://www.rjionline.org/events/memoryhole.  There is NO registration fee for this event. This work is licensed under a…
  • Monkeys, robots and copyright

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

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

  • Copyright in wedding ring design?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    My wife and I decided to have custom wedding ring made at a national level chain store jeweler three years ago. This past weekend we stopped at the jeweler and saw a custom ring book where my wife saw her ring in that book and she was not happy. What can I do to have the jeweler stop promoting the ring in their custom book? I read about copyright would this be a good idea? Maybe ... but first you need to consider some possible copyright concerns.Did you sign anything? Did you or your wife sign any paperwork at the store? We imagine you probably haven't kept your invoice ... but it's possible…
  • #publicdomain?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear, Rich: I’m trying to properly attribute public domain images in a course pack I’m writing and I’m confused about public domain tags. If a work has entered the public domain without being directly dedicated to the public domain by the owner, there are nearly 100 tags listed under US copyright to indicate exactly why it is in the public domain (i.e. the copyright expired). Some images I’ve come across ask you to use these tags, while others don’t; meanwhile in Canada, there are only four different tags. My question is, do I need to use these tags to explain why it’s in the…
  • British Site Stole My Fan Site Trademark

    The Dear Rich Staff
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I am the owner of a domain name which I registered in 2001. My wife and I used the name and website to create a large online community and forum consisting of fans of a well known classic rock band. The community at its height had over 8000 members, and was well known among online fans of this band. In early-mid 2011, after my wife and I endured separate serious illnesses, we closed the website location but retained the domain name and moved the community forum to Facebook under a group name identical to the website name. I still currently maintain ownership of the domain name, as…
  • Wants to Quote Vintage Clothing Ads in Song

    The Dear Rich Staff
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: I have a song, part of a musical project, within which I'm quoting vintage clothing ads from the '60's. HIS, LEVIS, Dexter Shoes, Danskin, etc. Am I correct in assuming I can't do this or do you think claiming ' Fair Use' might allow it? It's possible that a company may complain but we don't imagine that quoting 50-year old clothing ads will cause much problem. First, there's the issue of whether copyright still protects many of these ads. Ads published before 1964 would have to have been renewed (and only a small percentage were). Even if renewal were not required, there might be…
  • Can I Quote Carlos Castaneda?

    The Dear Rich Staff
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dear Rich: After many years of compiling Carlos Casteneda's work and systematically organizing it, I have the basic notes to begin writing a study guide that will use a good deal of quotation. Casteneda is said to be the father of the new age movement and I believe the attorneys for the Casteneda estate are most likely quite protective of the work. I want to avoid encroaching in any way on the copyrights. Here are some considerations. Most of the information I am publishing has been published before between 30 - 40 years ago. I believe my research to be "transformative" as I have compiled the…
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    PrivacyNet

  • Thanks to Google, Kate Upton’s Nude Photo Hack Lives On

    Gordon Platt
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    I (Photo credit: Wikipedia) t’s Google’s turn to experience the backlash from the nude photo hack that literally exposed celebrities, including Kate Upton. Kirsten Dunst and Jennifer Lawrence. A few weeks back it was Apple’s cloud service that was under the microscope. Now, it’s Google’s turn. According to attorneys for Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, who has dated Upton, Google has removed links to only 51 percent of the 461 urls identified in a takedown notice. As an aside, while the links may have been removed many of the nude photos remain online.
  • Setting the Scene, Hollywood Goes “Beyond the Red Carpet”

    Gordon Platt
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Earlier this year Chris Dodd, the chairman and CEO of the MPAA, accurately articulated how piracy impacts the entire creative industry, not just “stealing from Brad Pitt.” When someone takes content without paying for the privilege, it puts a dent in many creative roles that may not be hired for future productions. In short, piracy cuts far deeper than just the red carpets of Hollywood. It’s an idea that Creative Rights Caucus Co-Chairmen Judy Chu and Howard Coble are helping wing its way to Washington, as they roll out the #BeyondRedCarpet initiative today. The event…
  • Apple’s “Low Tech” Hack of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande

    Gordon Platt
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Social Engineering was the way that hackers gained access to nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande and Kate Upton, according to a just released statement by Apple. The hack was the talk of social media over the Labor Day Holiday, as the photos made the rounds via first released on anonymous message boards AnonIB and 4chan. Apple revealed that it was good old social engineering and not an elaborate hack attack that led to the release of the photos. Apple could not find that its iCloud or other systems had been compromised in any way. Hackers instead gained access by compromised by…
  • 102 Years Ago, Copyright Sparked Moviemaker’s Minds

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

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