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July 23, 2015 The University Libraries at UMass Amherst filed a comment with the Copyright Office in its Notice of Inquiry on Visual Works. Focusing on Questions 4 and 5, we sought to illuminate the ways in which images are used in teaching. Click here to download the PDF file.
2d Circuit’s decision in ACLU v. Clapper is out — looks good. ACLU-v-Clapper-2dCir-20150507
Charlotte Roh and I are running a workshop today for ISSR (Institute for Social Science Research), on negotiating your author agreements. Author Negotiations Workshop, ISSR, April 17 – 107 Bartlett Hall, 1pm – 3pm “Negotiating Author Contracts and Agreements” with Laura Quilter, the Copyright and Information Policy Librarian at UMass
I’m just now getting to Adjmi v. DLT, the “Three’s Company” parody play case, but I’m liking it: “The law is agnostic b/w creators & infringers, favoring only creativity & the harvest of knowledge.” p.55-56 of the PDF.
My kid’s elementary school has an amazing arts program, and they routinely display kids’ artwork all over the school. I was admiring a new African-American history themed exhibition, and appreciating how fair use makes this possible — likely, without any consideration of copyright or fair use by the instructors or
Some resources for campus folks on the ongoing roll-out of US government agency open access policies: Crowd-sourced librarian spreadsheet at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1PYOhBh6bglh6BkQFlpvNLOwlpzvQyguWAG8AkQMtU0s/edit#gid=0 ARL’s review and links: http://www.arl.org/focus-areas/public-access-policies/federally-funded-research/2696-white-house-directive-on-public-access-to-federally-funded-research-and-data#.VQwHkEs1TQR Columbia University list of brief descriptions: http://scholcomm.columbia.edu/open-access/public-access-mandates-for-federally-funded-research/
Nicole Allen (@txtbks) and I will be speaking at a panel at LibrePlanet in Cambridge, MA, this weekend: New research techniques like data mining have highlighted the shortcomings in “free” (as in beer) licensing of academic research, and the benefits of “libre” licensing that permits true scholarly engagement with data and
The federal “open access” policy rollouts continue. The Department of Defense put their proposal out a couple of days ago; they will develop their own system (a la PubMed): DoD’s repository, the Defense Technical Information Center or DTIC will create and maintain a system for the long-term preservation and access
I ran across this Patry quote today that I enjoyed: “[T]he drafting [of Section 110(2), the TEACH Act] is so ugly that it certainly supports the carbon-dating theory of amendments to the Copyright Act: the vintage of an amendment can be determined by its prolixity and resemblance to a poorly