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Lawrence Lessig, author of Code 2.0 and Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity gives a talk to Google employees. He discusses numerous ideas that will be of interest to librarians. The presentation includes a discussion of the dicotomy of a read only culture versus a read/write culture. Even if you have heard Lessig speak before this presentation is particularly informative. Video at iBookWatch
Good Copy Bad Copy (Denmark, 2007) is "a documentary about the current state of copyright and culture" by directors Andreas Johnsen, Ralf Christensen, and Henrik Moltke. It was originally made for Danish television, but the filmmakers recently posted a free XviD .torrent file (with English subtitles) on The Pirate Bay (Warning: The Pirate Bay features some iffy-for-work advertisements, though it also makes sense as a distributor for this film because Pirate Bayers Anakata, Tiamo, and Rick Falkvinge are featured in "Good Copy Bad Copy"). For those Firefox users who have yet to install FoxTorrent, here's a great excuse to give it a shot.
In response to dissatisfaction with FanLib.com's model for bringing fan fiction into the mainstream, members of the fan fiction community, especially on LiveJournal, have launched Fan Archive, a project for archiving and cataloging fan fiction from multiple fandoms for easy searchability and long-term preservation. Fan Archive's originators distinguish the project from FanLib.com mainly on the grounds that 1) Fan Archive is run by fan fiction writers; 2) Fan Archive expresses a willingness to fight legal battles, if need be, to defend public accessibility to fan fiction; 3) while FanLib.com is a commercial venture, Fan Archive founders intend to file for legal nonprofit status. A summary of Fan Archive's goals has been posted on LiveJournal by gchick.
At least six Polish translators have been arrested for illegally subtitling foreign films that have no licensed Polish translation. Because the translations are not commercial, they might fall under fair use. However, concerns that the free distribution of such films online might undermine legitimate sales has prompted a crackdown on distributors and downloaders in Poland and worldwide. The Polish translators, affiliated with the popular translation site, napisy.org, may face up to two years in prison if convicted of illegally distributing copyrighted material. -- Read More
madcow writes "Webtailer woot.com is having some fun with the MPAA and RIAA (on the heels of offering a DVD recorder no less) with a contest to imagine what a future anti "piracy" police force might look like.
Get out your GIMP and join in the fun."
mdoneil writes "Wednesday is WIPD, so says the World Intellectual Property Organization.
You can read more about it here.
Celebrate WIPD by not illegally downloading music, or not copying software today. (They probably would like you to refrain from those activities the rest of the year too.)
On a related note, anybody have a list of all the .int TLDs?"
I am giving a short presentation, to a group of law students that are taking a copyright class. The topic of the talk is about copyright and libraries. I try to focus on how intellectual property law can be used to promote the diffusion of knowledge instead of merely restricting it. I was hoping to share some viewpoints on copyright and libraries that were not my own. If you have any feedback to the questions below or want to mention something you think is a major issue in regards to libraries and intellectual property law I would love to hear your comments.
1) Do you have any personal examples of how copyright law is preventing you from helping your patrons?
2) Do you feel that copyright law needs to be changed in regards to libraries? If so, how?
3) As a librarian what do you think the major issues are in regards to copyright and libraries?
Please do not be limited to these questions if you have any comments in regards to copyright and libraries please share them.
Thanks in advance for considering these questions.
In praising Finn , by Jon Clinch, the Washington Post says that the author "relies on Twain's details, sometimes borrowing whole scenes and patches of dialogue... Clinch reimagines Finn in a strikingly original way, replacing Huck's voice with his own magisterial vision — one that's nothing short of revelatory."
Time to question presidential candidates and others about their positions on the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act? Wouldn't creators, libraries, schools, and the rest of society be better off without it? Remember, some Bono supporters even want eternal or near-eternal copyright, which, had it existed in Twain's case, would have complicated life endlessly for Clinch. More at TeleRead."