February 22, 2018

Internet Filtering and Censorship: OpenNet Initiative Releases 2011 Year in Review

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The OpenNet Initiative is a collaborative partnership between the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto; the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; and the SecDev Group (Ottawa). From a Summary/News Release: The OpenNet Initiative is proud to announce the release of its 2011 Year in Review, […]

Library Copyright Alliance Files Friend of the Court Brief in The Authors Guild v. HathiTrust Case


The friend of the court brief was written by Jonathan Band. The Library Copyright Alliance is consists of ALA, ACRL, and ARL. The 28 page brief (PDF) is available here via ARL. We’ve also embedded a copy below. Friend of the Court Brief Filed by Library Copyright Alliance in Authors Guild v HathiTrust

Video of “Standards and Strategies for Fair Use Decisions Inside Libraries and Universities” Conference Now Online

The Standards and Strategies for Fair Use Decisions Inside Libraries and Universities Conference took place on March 27, 2012 at Columbia University in New York City. The event was organized by Columbia University Libraries. Conference Home Page Blurb The panels feature a range of academic and professional experts including: Peter Jaszi, professor of law at […]

Google is Saying So Long To More Products, Services & Making Changes to Google Patent Search


The list of products, services being eliminated include 1. Google Related Search Add-On What’s notable here is that Google didn’t even give this product a year to make it. It launched last August. 2. Google One Pass This was the program Google developed for publishers. Lots of talk but it only last 14 months. Here’s […]

More e-Book Price-Fixing Lawsuits, This Time in Canada

From The Toronto Star: “ebook price-fixing lawsuits hit Canada Two law firms in Ontario and one in B.C. have named Apple, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, and their Canadian subsidiaries, in class action claims asserting the companies colluded to “fix, maintain, increase or control the price of ebooks” as Apple was preparing to launch […]

Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and College Art Association Endorse ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use

1. College Art Association (CAA) Endorses ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use (from CAA News via ARL) In accordance with CAA’s practice to regularly update its Standards and Guidelines in the fields of art and art history, the Board of Directors adopted two documents at its meeting on February 26, 2012, that address […]

The British Library Submits Sesponse to DCMS Consultation on Non-Print Legal Deposit


From a BL Announcement: The British Library has today submitted its response to the DCMS [Dept. of Culture, Media, and Sport] Consultation on the Draft Legal Deposit Libraries (non-print works) Regulations 2013. A number of improvements have been made to the draft Regulations since the last consultation and the Library supports them overall; however some […]

Librarian of Congress Names New Chief Copyright Royalty Judge

From a LC News Release: Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today [recently] announced his selection of Suzanne M. Barnett as the new chief copyright royalty judge and head of the Copyright Royalty Board. Barnett is a superior court judge of King County in Seattle, Washington. She was first elected to the court in 1996. […]

Judge Denny Chin on Google Books: “It Does Not Seem Those Negotiations Have Gone Anywhere”

From Managing Intellectual Property: The Second Circuit Court of Appeals judge said he was told by conference organisers [Fordham IP China Conference] to talk about three things: the languishing Google Books litigation he has presided over since 2005, cloud computing and his recent trip to China. Of the Google Books case, Chin said simply: “It […]

James Joyce Collection Published Free on Web

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From the The Irish Times: The National Library of Ireland has brought forward plans to publish a major collection of James Joyce manuscripts free on the web after a Joycean scholar published the material in editions priced at up to €250. It is the first such Joyce collection to be opened to the public in […]