kmhess writes "At work, I was reading some aggregated news stories and one caught my eye becuase it was about the history of computing, regarding Pierre Jaquet-Droz and the creation of mechanical devices called Automata that were examples of mechanical computers a few decades before Babbages Difference engines. I was curious what Wikipedia had on the subject, and was surprised to find it was almost exactly the same wording as the news article, except the Wikipedia article was written in 2004.
Anonymous Patron writes "EUobserver.com: The EU wants to digitalise and online the vast volumes of cultural works in member state libraries to make them accessible to all, but unless the issue of copyright and intellectual property rights are solved, the European Digital Library may consist only of books and journals published before the 1920s. The European Commission in August urged the 25 EU member states to speed up and co-operate on the setting up of a European-wide digital library."
Melchior Sternfels writes "Via Slashdot comes word that Blackboard Inc
has patented the Learning Management System (LMS)
as an "Internet-based education support system and methods", and is
now suing a rival firm. You can read more about this development in
Why is this story library related? Librarians should follow what is happening in the intellectual property arena because intellectual property is what we are all about. Too little protection and the fires of innovation could die, too much, and ideas can die. Librarians should be one of the groups that watch to make sure the engine does not die and also that no one is run over by the engine.
NPR has a show called "On the Media"
These two stories are on todays show.
Story #1 --Fair Use Follies
Simply put, "fair use" is a legal principle that allows copyrighted material to be used without permission from or payment to the owner. But a recent symposium on the subject at New York University demonstrated just how difficult it is to know what constitutes fair. And in the meantime, many creative types are left in the lurch. Amy Sewell, producer of the documentary "Mad Hot Ballroom", shares some war stories with Brooke.
ADHD_librarian writes "yes, you no longer have to buy multiple copies of the same song in order to listen to it in different places.
You can now copy your vinyl records straight to your ipod (I know if I held onto them long enough they'd be useable again. Ha music industry, now I'm never buying '1986 just for kicks' on CD. The future's so bright I've got to wear shades!)
cjovalle writes "ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy provides the Copyright Advisory Network at librarycopyright.net. It's recently (today) been updated to provide additional resources (in addition to the forum) that the team working on the site hopes librarians will find useful. Let us know what you'd like to see... There are still some links to make active and some additional content to add, and suggestions are more than welcome."