We are making journal content on JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere,
freely available to the public for reading and downloading. This includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals, representing approximately 6% of the total content on JSTOR.
posted by Trurl
on Sep 7, 2011 -
Senator Leahy's Protect IP Act
would require that U.S. ISPs impose an 'internet death penalty' upon domain after merely a preliminary injunction from a U.S. court that suspects the site of being 'dedicated to infringing activities', even if the domain's owner had never been notified and was not subject to U.S. jurisdiction. There is concern that the legislation would fragment the DNS system and facilitate DNS spoofing
by obstructing DNSSEC
). There is also an open letter
opposing the bill signed by 108 Law Professors who study intellectual property law. [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges
on Jul 24, 2011 -
Andy Baio: “Kind of screwed”.
Baio produced a chiptune
tribute to Miles Davis’ classic album Kind of Blue
. He licensed all of the tracks and assigned all profits directly to the five musicians on the album.
The one thing he didn't do was check about the cover art, a pixelated rendering of the photo on the original album cover. Jay Maisel
, the photographer who shot the photo in question, sued Baio for $150,000 per download plus $25,000 for DMCA violations. Baio settled for $32,500, not because he wasn’t convinced he was in the right (this almost certainly qualifies as fair use), but because it was “the least expensive option available”. [more inside]
posted by spitefulcrow
on Jun 23, 2011 -
“Watching the video I thought that it was wise of Major League Baseball to combine this sort of sentimental moment with mass speculative litigation. It kept brand values strong. I felt strangely grateful
that I could have a moment to remember that afternoon. Surprised by the evidence of both copyright violation and father-daughter affection.” —Paul Ford, “Nanolaw with Daughter” [more inside]
posted by kipmanley
on May 15, 2011 -
Library Rights Are at Stake in New Supreme Court Copyright Case
Article by Marc Parry appeared in: "Chronicle of Higher Education" March 8, 2011, 4:12 pm
Does Congress have the right to restore copyright protection to foreign works that have fallen into the public domain?
That issue is at the heart of a major copyright case that the Supreme Court agreed to hear yesterday. Its resolution could have implications for libraries’ ability to share works online, advocates say.
posted by naight
on Mar 9, 2011 -
... the International Music Score Library Project, has trod in the footsteps of Google Books and Project Gutenberg and grown to be one of the largest sources of scores anywhere. It claims to have 85,000 scores, or parts for nearly 35,000 works, with several thousand being added every month. That is a worrisome pace for traditional music publishers, whose bread and butter comes from renting and selling scores in expensive editions backed by the latest scholarship. More than a business threat, the site has raised messy copyright issues and drawn the ire of established publishers. (previously)
posted by Joe Beese
on Feb 22, 2011 -
Every January 1 is Public Domain Day
, when new authors enter the public domain. Copyright law is "fiendishly complex", but using the generic "life plus seventy" rule, here are some of the authors
who enter the public domain today. What could have been
entering the public domain today under the pre-1978-era law (Fellowship of the Ring, Dr. Seuss, etc..).. but you can expect further endless extensions of copyright to come. More articles here
posted by stbalbach
on Jan 1, 2011 -