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Happy birthday J.R.R. Tolkien – but doesn’t ring in any public domain riches
January 5, 2015 | 12:25 pm

Tolkien bustJohn Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3rd, 1892, and his long and richly productive life ended on September 2nd, 1973. That longevity, however, also means that enthusiasts are having to wait a very long time indeed for any of his great body of work to find its way into the public domain. As Everybody's Libraries noted back on Public Domain Day 2013, if the U.S.  had not passed its latest copyright extension act in 1988, "we would be seeing works published in 1937, such as the first edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, now entering the public domain. ...

Morning Links: Content shakeout in 2015. CES 2015 expectations
January 5, 2015 | 9:00 am

ces 20152015 Reading Challenge Roundup (Book Riot) And, since keeping a resolution is easier if you’re keeping it with friends, I thought joining in on a reading challenge might help me stick to it. *** Predictions for 2015: Content Shakeout, More Tracking, Measurement Muddle (Media Shift) If you thought there was a flood of content this year, just wait. The good news, though, is that more of the good stuff will rise to the top. *** Copyright Law Amended in Japan to Combat eBook Piracy (GoodeReader) Japan is planning on augmenting their copyright law in early 2015 so publishers can actually go after e-Book pirates. This should assist...

What 2015 is giving you in the public domain – and what it isn’t
January 2, 2015 | 10:25 am

As with any new year, 2015 brings a freight of new works that will be released into the public domain in various jurisdictions - and a whole lot that could have been under prior iterations of copyright law, but won't be. As the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School states, "Public Domain Day is January 1st of every year. If you live in Canada, January 1st 2015 would be the day when the writings of Rachel Carlson, Ian Fleming, and Flannery O'Connor enter the public domain. It will be a not-so-silent spring! In Europe, the...

Morning Links: Konrath leaves Kindle Unlimited. Review of eReader industry
December 22, 2014 | 9:00 am

kindle unlimitedOn Reading an Author's Work In (and Out) of Order (Book Riot) Would it be better to begin this relationship in the back catalog, where the right deep cut can make up for a multitude of lesser tracks, or do you opt to start where you are and grow together while also looking back? Which makes for a more lasting bond? *** Finland Abolishes Copyright Levy on Digital Devices (Techdirt) As we've noted before, copyright levies -- effectively a tax on blank storage media -- are becoming ever-more anachronistic and unworkable. So it's good to hear about a country doing the sensible thing and...

Weekend Links: Authors share favorite audiobooks on Audible. Children’s book market growing
December 21, 2014 | 11:17 am

audibleThe Children's Book Market Has Grown 44% in the Last Decade (GoodeReader) Nielsen hosted the first annual Children’s Book Summit in Manhattan and produced research for over a four year period.  They produced research that the children’s book market has increased 44% in the last decade and 67% of teens read for pleasure. *** Why I AM Participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge in 2015 (Book Riot) Jessica wrote a great post about not participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge, and I can identify with a lot of what she wrote — feeling the pressure to meet your reading goal, feeling bad about...

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...