Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Libraries, book cover images, and websites, oh my!

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Sun, 09/21/2008 - 22:05

Blog post at LibrarianInBlack:

Ah the perennial library webmaster question: can libraries use book cover images on their websites? Lawyer and librarian Mary Minow weighs in on her blog, the LibraryLaw Blog. She posted a few weeks ago with her opinion (it's a case by case thing, unfortunately) and in the meantime many comments have been submitted with additional thoughts and questions.

Full blog entry here.

Judge Blocks the Potter Lexicon

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 09/08/2008 - 18:31

News today that a ruling has been made in favor of author J.K. Rowling in her copyright infringement lawsuit against fan, Web site operator and former librarian, Steven VanderArk, who was set to publish a Potter encyclopedia. The judge found that the lexicon "appropriates too much of Rowling's creative work for its purposes as a reference guide."

Lessons Learned After Twitter Blackout

Submitted by StephenK on Tue, 08/12/2008 - 02:03

Recently two librarians had their accounts torched by Twitter due to coming up in an anti-spam sweep. Their accounts were considered to have been false positives and it took time for access to be restored. Two librarians in particular, Connie Crosby and Patricia Anderson, were affected.

First It Was Song Downloads. Now It’s Organic Chemistry.

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Sun, 07/27/2008 - 02:24

AFTER scanning his textbooks and making them available to anyone to download free, a contributor at the file-sharing site PirateBay.org composed a colorful message for “all publishers” of college textbooks, warning them that “myself and all other students are tired of getting” ripped off. (The contributor’s message included many ripe expletives, but hey, this is a family newspaper.)

Yahoo and The Dangers of DRM

Submitted by Great Western Dragon on Thu, 07/24/2008 - 23:40

This week, Yahoo Music e-mailed customers who purchased music from their site and let them know that as of September 30, 2008, Yahoo Music will go dark.

And they will take the DRM key servers down with it.

That means that anyone who legally purchased tunes through Yahoo Music will lose the right to transfer that music to other devices or computers, even though they paid for that right.

Piracy of books on the increase, publishers start taking notice

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Thu, 07/03/2008 - 09:37

The MPAA is taking a heavy hand with piracy, as is the RIAA, but that only covers audio and video. What about books?

According to book publishers the threat of piracy from illegally downloaded text books is growing. Rather than students spending as much as US$100 per book to get the texts they need, they are turning to the Internet to download scanned versions for free.

Full article here.

U.S. copyright renewal records available for download

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 06/25/2008 - 07:12

For U.S. books published between 1923 and 1963, the rights holder needed to submit a form to the U.S. Copyright Office renewing the copyright 28 years after publication. In most cases, books that were never renewed are now in the public domain. Estimates of how many books were renewed vary, but everyone agrees that most books weren't renewed. If true, that means that the majority of U.S. books published between 1923 and 1963 are freely usable.

Twitter Scooped NBC on Russert's Death

Submitted by Great Western Dragon on Tue, 06/24/2008 - 09:23

In the world of broadcast news, it's normally a given courtesy that, when a well known news personality dies, the station they worked for will be the first to break the news after the family has been notified. It's one of the unwritten rules of journalism.

In the case of beloved NBC newsman Tim Russert, Twitter scooped the massive network on the big story.

The Associated Press to Set Guidelines for Using Its Articles in Blogs

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Mon, 06/16/2008 - 16:23

The Associated Press, one of the nation’s largest news organizations, said that it will, for the first time, attempt to define clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web sites can excerpt without infringing on The A.P.’s copyright.