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Reaction Round-Up: Golan v. Holder

Reaction Round-Up: Golan v. Holder

In the midst of the SOPA/PIPA protests of yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court released a 69-page opinion, deciding Golan v. Holder [PDF] in favor of the government.  These are only some of the stories, analyses and reactions out there in the press and blogosphere. Some content excerpted following links. Press and Tech Press Ars Technica – Supreme Court rules Congress can re-copyright public domain works New York Times – Public Domain Works Can Be Copyrighted Anew, Supreme Court Rules TechDirt – Supreme Court…

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Going Dark

Going Dark

Like a lot of other sites, this blog will be going black tomorrow to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Now, this blog isn’t active, isn’t popular, isn’t necessary in the larger scheme of things.  But I believe that SOPA, and its Senate analogue, Protect IP Act (PIPA), would do serious disservice to the open exchange of information and knowledge on the Internet. So, I will stand with EFF, with the Internet Archive, with Wikipedia, and more.  See you…

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Cultural Gems That Should Be in the Public Domain Today – The Atlantic Wire

Cultural Gems That Should Be in the Public Domain Today – The Atlantic Wire

Cultural Gems That Should Be in the Public Domain Today – Entertainment – The Atlantic Wire This has been passed around, I’m sure. But the geekier parts of me finds it interesting that all of Lord of the Rings and most of the Chronicles of Narnia could be in the public domain by now, if not for the 1976 Copyright Act.

New Directions in Scholarly Communication

New Directions in Scholarly Communication

Open Access Week has started off with a very good webinar, led by Joe Kraus and with presentions by John Wilbanks, Heather Piwowak and Molly Keener. And in the spirit of OA, their presentations are available on Slideshare! John Wilbanks Heather Piwowak – Open research data: fun, important, and in need of librarians Molly Keener – Scholarly Communication: A Changing Landscape Very informative, very interesting … if you’re involved with scholarly publishing or academic copyright, definitely take a look at…

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Best Practices for Fair Use in Academic Libraries

Best Practices for Fair Use in Academic Libraries

This is fairly ambitious and very cool.  A 3-year project to develop a code of best practices for fair use in academic libraries.  If you’re working in an academic/research library, the researchers are looking for input and participation … see below for a contact email. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has received a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop a code of best practices in fair use for academic and research libraries. ARL will undertake the…

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Redefining Copyright?

Redefining Copyright?

From iPAC: Simply put, SIRA fundamentally redefines copyright and fair use in the digital world. It would require all incidental copies of music to be licensed separately from the originating copy. Even copies of songs that are cached in your computer’s memory or buffered over a network would need yet another license. Once again, Big Copyright is looking for a way to double-dip into your wallet, extracting payment for the same content at multiple levels. Today, so-called “incidental” copies don’t…

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Expanding DMCA

Expanding DMCA

Various sources are reporting/commenting that the Justice Department has drafted legislation called the “Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2006,” that will likely be introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) sometime in the near future. The legislation will expand the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to [from c|net]: Make it illegal to “make, import, export, obtain control of, or possess” … anticircumvention tools if they may be redistributed to someone else. Permit wiretaps in investigations of copyright crimes, trade secret theft and…

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Prize Angel

Prize Angel

I missed this. I blame it on being in the first year of law school. The Ford Foundation and philanthropist Richard Gilder have contributed $600K and $250K, respectively, to rescue the civil rights documentary Eyes on the Prize from copyright limbo. Wired reported this last August. The money will be devoted to clear rights to the still photos, video footage and songs that are used in the documentary, as production and archival work on the material Now, PBS has announced…

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Cultural environmentalism

Cultural environmentalism

If —    the public domain : Yellowstone Park ::     librarians : park rangers? My theoretical SAT question is based on this: Ten years ago, Duke Law Professor Jamie Boyle suggested that the history of the environmental movement offered powerful theoretical and practical lessons to those who sought to recognize the importance of the public domain, and to expose the harms caused by a relentlessly maximalist program of intellectual property expansion. Stanford Law School is holding a free conference this weekend…

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What’s the future of fair use

What’s the future of fair use

The Online Journalism Review has an interview with Majorie Heins regarding her latest report on fair use and copyright law, “Will Fair Use Survive?” Walt Crawford had an in-depth review of the Free Expression Policy Project’s report. In his words, “Any librarian who cares about fair use‚Äîwhich should be almost any librarian‚Äîshould at least glance through it, and should probably read it in full.”