March 24, 2018

Roundup: Twitter Acquires Posterous, Yahoo Sues Facebook, UK Gov Appoints Jimmy Wales as Adviser

1. Welcoming the Posterous team to the flock (via Twitter Blog) and Posterous Acquisition FAQ Posterous will continue online at least for time being. 2. Yahoo Suing Facebook Over Patent Infringement (via AllThingsD) Yahoo says Facebook infringed on 10 patents. 3. “Jimmy Wales: Wikipedia chief to advise Whitehall on policy” (via The Telegraph) It’s an […]

Canada: "Copyright Bill Hits the Home Stretch"

From The Toronto Star: “The Canadian Independent Music Association is seeking changes that would create new liability risks for social networking sites, search engines, blogging platforms, video sites, and many other websites featuring third party contributions. It is also calling for a new iPod tax, an extension in the term of copyright, a removal of […]

New White Paper: "Orphan Works: Mapping the Possible Solution Spaces"

Title Orphan Works: Mapping the Possible Solution Spaces Author David Robert Hansen University of California, Berkeley – School of Law Series Berkeley Digital Library Copyright Project White Paper No. 2 Abstract This paper surveys a range of proposed orphan works solutions. The goal is to acquaint the reader with the wide variety of solution types, […]

New Article: "Copyright: Regulation Out of Line with our Digital Reality?"

Title Copyright: Regulation Out of Line with our Digital Reality? Authors Abigail J. McDermott Graduate Research Assistant The Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC), and Masters Candidate in Library Science, University of Maryland, College Park. Source Information Technologies and Libraries (Vol 31, No 1)  Abstract This paper provides a brief overview of the current state […]

Australia Considers National Digital Archive: Copyright Act Amendment Could See All Electronic Publications in National Library

via The Register: Australia’s Legal Deposit requirement, which compels publishers to send copies of all books to the National Library, may be extended to digital works. The potential extension of the Legal Deposit is discussed in a new Consultation Paper issued by the Federal Attorney General’s Department. [Clip] Attorney General Nicola Roxon has noticed the […]

New Issue of Information Technology and Libraries Published and Available Online, Publication is Now Open Access

This is the first issue of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) that is open access. Congrats, kudos and thanks to LITA for making the switch to open access. ITAL is also now an e-only publication. Learn more in this blog post. Table of Contents Information Technology and Libraries Vol 31, No 1 (2012) President’s Message: […]

Video: MPAA President Christopher Dodd and Others Discuss Copyright Infringement on the College Campus

A panel discussion took place yesterday in Washington D.C. and was sponsored by the National Association of Attorney Generals and a video recording of the discussion is now available in the C-SPAN Video Library. It runs 57 minutes. This panel will discuss the importance of active efforts to combat copyright infringement at universities and the […]

PW: Guild Motion Asks for Quick Ruling on HathiTrust’s Fair Use Defense

From Publisher’s Weekly: Although the Google Book Settlement has been rejected by the court, one reason the parties were even able to reach an agreement was by avoiding the question of whether Google’s scanning of copyrighted books was a violation of fair use. The issue came up late last year when the Authors Guild led […]

British Library Welcomes Public Consultation on Non-Print Legal Deposit

From the BL: The British Library welcomes the publication of the DCMS [Dept. of Culture, Media, and Sport] consultation, “Consultation on the Draft Legal Deposit Libraries (non-print works) Regulations 2013” and the commitment to deliver regulations for non-print legal deposit. Since the introduction of the 2003 Legal Deposit Libraries Act, the Legal Deposit Libraries have […]

JHU's Winston Tabb is the Winner of ALA's 2012 Patterson Copyright Award Winner

via ALA’s District Dispatch: Winston Tabb, Dean of Libraries and Museums at Johns Hopkins University is the 2012 recipient of the American Library Association’s L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award: In Support of Users’ Rights. Mr. Tabb was appointed to the National Board of the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS) by President Obama in […]