Intellectual Property

In Familiar Books, a Plot Twist: Battle on Electronic Rights

The ownership of the e-book rights to older titles is a source of conflict in one of the industry’s last remaining areas of growth.

Article in the NYT

The dark side of the internet

The dark side of the internet
In the 'deep web', Freenet software allows users complete anonymity as they share viruses, criminal contacts and child pornography

Fighting piracy: our 3-point program


Blog entry on fighting ebook piracy by publishing industry consultant Mike Shatzkin.

What can librarians and libraries do to combat piracy of books and ebooks?

Should librarians combat piracy of books and ebooks?

Glenn Beck Loses Domain Name Dispute

Is the domain name glennbeckrapedandmurderedayounggirlin1990.com a violation of Glenn Beck's intellectual property? The conservative commenter certainly thought so, but an arbitration panel at the World Intellectual Property Organization has ruled otherwise.

Full story here.

Respectful Discussion: The Open Source Debate

Stephen Abram: The discussion about open source and integrated library systems has become more relevant and animated in the past year. Much has happened to fuel the discussion, especially recently with changes with the open source (and quasi-open source) vendors. Open source technology in general has become part of the technology discussion of in many industries including libraries.

Cory Doctorow Interview

Interview of Cory Doctorow at Internet Librarian International conference in London, on the future of libraries, access and technology.

Cory Doctorow at Internet Librarian International 2009 from Jaap van de Geer on Vimeo.

Essay: Advantage Google

Essay in the NYT about the Google book settlement and orphan works.

Google Book Search Hearing to Be Postponed

The parties in the Google Book Search Settlement have asked the court to adjourn the scheduled October 7th fairness hearing, telling the court the parties intend to amend the deal. "Because the parties, after consultation with the DOJ, have determined that the Settlement Agreement that was approved preliminarily in November 2008 will be amended, plaintiffs respectfully submit that the Fairness Hearing should not be held, as scheduled, on October 7," reads a memorandum appended to the parties motion to adjourn.

"To continue on the current schedule would put the Court in a position of reviewing and having participants at the hearing speak to the
original Settlement Agreement, which will not be the subject of a motion for final approval." The court is expected to grant the motion. Publishers Weekly reports.

Let (Intellectual) Freedom Ring

A Beardstown (IL) school district official will receive statewide recognition next month for defending a book some parents sought to have removed from the library shelves.

Sue Reichert, director of libraries for Beardstown School District, will be given the Illinois Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Award in October.

The award — which “recognizes an individual or group for outstanding contributions to the defense and advancement of intellectual freedom” — will be presented during a ceremony Oct. 8 in Peoria.

Reichert was cited for professionalism in handling the protest over the Jodi Picoult book “Nineteen Minutes,” according to Illinois Library Association officials.

“In spite of vociferous opposition to the book, she held fast to the [school district] policy by gathering background information on the book and arranging a faculty review for the purpose of making a recommendation to the school board,” according to the association.

The book was challenged in 2008 when a parent sought its removal because of the explicit language and sexual content he saw in it when his seventh grade daughter brought it home. Journal-Courier reports.

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