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Morning Links: Walmart buying Nook? Maybe not. Digital rights
December 18, 2014 | 9:01 am

nook mediaI Wouldn’t Pay Any Attention to the Rumor About Walmart Buying Nook (The Digital Reader) A juicy rumor crossed my desk this evening which is bound to get a lot of attention in the next few days. After looking into its provenance I am reasonably convinced that this rumor is completely bogus, but its origin is interesting enough that I wanted to share it. *** Dear The Toast and The Butter: Please Fix Your Rights Grab (UPDATE: They Did) (John Scalzi) Writer Beware has posted a heads up for writers with regard to Web sites The Toast and The Butter, and the rights they...

Morning Links: A comic book to teach copyright. Libraries reinventing in the digital age.
December 5, 2014 | 9:00 am

copyrightLawyers Say iPods Deleted Songs Not Purchased from Apple (GigaOM) Songs on iPods not purchased through Apple mysteriously disappeared on some devices, say consumer advocate lawyers in the current suit against the company. *** This Comic Book Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Copyright (Lifehacker) Reading up on copyright and fair use laws isn't most people's idea of fun. This comic book from Duke University, however, translates law basics into an interesting, visual story. *** Libraries Reinvent Themselves in the Digital Age (GoodeReader) A recent report by the Library Journal has stated that 95% of all US libraries have an e-book collection. That’s up...

Court of Justice of European Union rules libraries can digitize without permission
December 4, 2014 | 10:25 am

The Court of Justice of the European Union has just issued a judgment that European libraries can digitize books in their collections without the copyright-holder's consent - so long as this is done for dedicated reading points within the library. This follows the case "Technische Universität Darmstadt v. Eugen Ulmer KG," where a German university library started digitizing works from publisher Eugen Ulmer KG for reading onsite, also giving partial copying access. After Eugen Ulmer started a case against the university, which had not taken up its offer of a license or purchase ebook copies of the work, the German Federal Court...

UK libraries protest copyright restrictions with empty spaces
December 1, 2014 | 12:25 pm

copyrightThe Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals and other libraries and library associations in the UK are in the midst of a campaign to move unpublished individual works to the current copyright regime of the author's life plus 70 years, instead of the British "Orphan Works" category, which restricts their exhibition until 2039. And they have now moved their campaign from petitions to displays with empty spaces to make the point. CILIP explains: Up to 50% of archival records in the UK are ‘orphan works’. This is when the rights holder cannot be identified and/or traced. The Imperial War Museum has an...

Thanksgiving Links: Amazon & B&N reveal Black Friday deals. In defense of copyright
November 27, 2014 | 10:38 am

thanksgiving.jpgAmazon and Barnes & Noble Reveal Black Friday Deals (GoodeReader) Amazon and Barnes and Noble are gearing up for one of the biggest shopping days in the US with some mighty deals. *** Global Net Neutrality Coalition (Boing Boing) The Electronic Frontier Foundation has teamed up with organizations around the world to fight for net neutrality everywhere, because this isn't an issue that just affects Americans. You can help by finding a group in your country and joining in. *** The 12-Book Program: A Holiday Survival Guide (Book Riot) Lucky for us, there are books to advise us, guide us, and help us get away. (Nothing says...

Joseph E. Stiglitz on knowledge, scholarly open access, and copyright
November 11, 2014 | 10:25 am

Joseph Stiglitz at CEU 2014Former World Bank chief economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz, lecturing on the topic "Can Illiberal Democracies Create Shared and Sustained Prosperity?" at Central European University in Budapest, had quite a bit to say on copyright and intellectual property in the course of his address. Given that the subject of his latest co-authored book, as well as much of his lecture, is Creating a Learning Society: A New Approach to Growth, Development, and Social Progress, this may come as no surprise, but since Stiglitz is former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, he has had more of an insider's view on U.S. intellectual...

Morning Links: New “Orphan Works” rule in the UK. Spain passes new copyright law
October 31, 2014 | 9:00 am

copyrightNew 'Orphan Works' Rule in UK Makes Millions of Creative Works Available for Public Display (GigaOM) The UK government is trying a new approach to the orphan works problem that it says will make more than 91 million painting and books available to the public. *** Amazon's Impact on Publishing? It's Complicated (PW) Offering equal measures of thoughtful and contradictory commentary, aWednesday night panel called “Will Amazon Lead Us to the Golden Age of Books?,” at the New America Foundation in New York City, gave an encompassing picture of the publishing industry’s conflicted--perhaps even tortured--responses to Amazon, and its business tactics. *** Rupert Murdoch Urges Media...

Why we need an e-book DRM DMCA exemption
October 30, 2014 | 8:54 pm

It’s that time again. Ars Technica reports that the Copyright Office is accepting petitions on activities to exempt from the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions, making it legal to crack DRM for certain restricted purposes. We’ve reported on this procedure a few times over the last few years. The way it goes is that various people or organizations make proposals and the copyright office considers whether to grant them for the next three years. The exemptions then have to be requested again at the next session if they are to continue. Public Knowledge will be submitting requests to legalize...

Morning Links: Kobo resolves download issue. Kindle Voyage review
October 29, 2014 | 9:00 am

KoboHow Far Companies Will Go to Protect You from Copyright Bullies (Gizmodo) When somebody wants to silence speech, they often use the quickest method available. When the speech is hosted on a major online platform, that method is usually a copyright or trademark complaint. *** Kobo Resolves Download Issue (The Digital Reader) It’s been just over a month since Kobo’s perennial problem with blocking downloads of purchased ebooks came to a head, and it looks like that problem has been resolved. *** Amazon Kindle Voyage Review (GoodeReader) Amazon has been making e-readers since 2007 and over the years they have refined their hardware technology constantly. The new...

Morning Links: Embedding is not infringing. Marvel adds comics to Kobo
October 28, 2014 | 8:53 am

marvelEU Court of Justice Says Embedding is Not Infringing (Techdirt) TorrentFreak, however, now lets us know that in an important ruling from the EU Court of Justice (responding to a request from a German court), it has been declared that, under EU law, embedding is not infringing. *** Kindle Scout: One Reader's Opinion (The Digital Reader) I’ve spent a couple hours browsing Kindle Scout this morning. I haven’t found anything that I desperately wanted to read further (I am a picky reader), but I also didn’t see any really bad works either. *** A "Critical Moment" for eBook Subscription Services (Publishing Perspectives) We need innovation, and Kindle...

ALA welcomes Court of Appeals reinforcement of fair use in Georgia State University case
October 23, 2014 | 12:25 pm

gsu-logo.jpgThe American Library Association (ALA) has issued a positive response to the recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit handed in Cambridge University Press et al. v. Carl V. Patton et al., a case previously covered by Chris Meadows here. This is the latest round of proceedings following the suit bought by the Cambridge and Oxford University Presses, and SAGE Publishers against Georgia State University for copyright infringement in 2008. Courtney Young, president of the ALA, said: “The appellate court’s decision emphasizes what ALA and other library associations have always supported—thoughtful analysis of fair use and a rejection...

When DRM infects the non-digital world
October 6, 2014 | 12:25 pm

drmHere's an update on a quirky story I reported on earlier this year. An Ontario coffee roaster is suing Keurig Green Mountain for $600 million for engaging in anti-competition practices by embedding "DRM" into their latest model of single-serving coffee machine. As CBC reports the issue is that the patent on Keurig's 'k-cup' coffee pods has now expired, which has opened the door to other manufacturers such as Club Coffee (the complainant in this case) to make their own 'pods' for use in these machines. This is cutting into Keurig's profit, obviously---when they were the exclusive source for the pods, they...