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New author advocacy group Authors Alliance seeks to counterbalance Authors Guild on fair use issues
May 14, 2014 | 11:28 am

Origin 5142014 112418 AM.bmpA group of writers and copyright experts concerned over Authors Guild overreach has formed its own new author advocacy group, the Authors Alliance, to advocate in favor of fair use of works. Publishers Weekly has a fairly long interview with one of its directors, law professor Pamela Samuelson of the UC Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. (Samuelson’s name has popped up a few times on TeleRead as one of the critics of the proposed Google Books settlement and the Authors Guild’s role in it, and an organizer of the Berkeley Digital Library Copyright Project.) The Authors...

Morning Roundup: Surface Pro 3? Photographer targeting Google over copyright infringement and more
May 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

Surface Pro 3Oops! Microsoft hints at a Surface Pro 3 (GigaOM) An official Microsoft support page spotted by The Verge references the Surface Pro 3, a device that doesn’t yet exist. *** Keeping It Real — Are Our Technology Expectations Out of Whack? (The Scholarly Kitchen) Of course, these complaints are rife with contradictions. We want unlimited horsepower at low prices; we want more platform provider options but a “one-stop shop”; and we want them to be both unlimited in their scope and simple to work with. *** Photographer Who Settled With Twitter Over Copyright Infringement Allegations Now Targeting Google (Techdirt) As Mike opined during Boffoli's initial infringement lawsuit,...

How Many Times Did You Violate Copyright Today?
May 8, 2014 | 10:26 am

copyrightIn today's Morning Links, there was a great little piece from the always-reliable folks at Techdirt, featuring a video by Tom Bell which humorously draws attention to the ridiculousness of overly restrictive copyright law by pointing out just how much 'accidental' infringement an innocent person might do without even thinking. Most people, Filthy Pirates notwithstanding, are decent, honest folks who really do pay for books and music and media when they use them---the popularity of iTines, Netflix, Spotify, Pandora et al attests to that! But do you mentally dock yourself karma points every time you sing Happy Birthday? In the spirit of...

Morning Roundup: Licensing Fanfiction. Serial copyright infringement and more
May 8, 2014 | 9:00 am

fanfictionA Licensing Model for Fan Fiction (Future Book) As fanfiction continues to mature and become a more popular medium with greater revenue opportunities, it may soon be time for the publishing industry to take another look at the possibility of introducing alternative licensing systems. Building new relationships with readers and enabling new income streams for authors and publishers could be just some of the benefits. *** How Many Times a Day Do You Violate Copyright Law Without Even Realizing It? (Techdirt) In fact, he notes that pretty much everyone agrees that full enforcement is "undesirable and counterproductive." And, really that should be a clear...

Morning roundup: Of copyright and treaties, OSX Redesign, authors and agents, and a discounted Nook Glowlight
May 2, 2014 | 2:07 am

New Paper Says It's Time To Reasonably Decrease Copyright Term And Rethink Putting Copyright In Treaties (Techdirt) The full paper is well worth reading, detailing just how distorted copyright has become from its original purpose. -- Apple Will Reportedly Unveil 'End-to-End' OSX Redesign at WWDC (GigaOM) Apple will focus on Mac OS X at its upcoming developer’s conference on June 2, according to a new report. -- Authors’ Views on the Value of an Agent (Digital Book World) Are agents worth their fifteen percent? The 2014 Digital Book World and...

New copyright fees to go into effect May 1
April 29, 2014 | 10:25 am

copyright feesI received an email from the Library of Congress last night informing me that copyright fees are going up May 1. The increase that caught my eye was the single work registration, which is going from $35 to $55. However, it looks like it won't be affecting self-published authors. From the email: For many registrations, the fees will rise from $35 to $55 per claim. However, after considering comments, the office will offer a reduced registration fee of $35 for single authors who file an online claim for a single work that is not a work made for hire. The increased fees...

Nature Publishing Group attempts immoral moral rights land grab
April 3, 2014 | 12:25 pm

The struggle between scientific publishers and the academic community over open access policies has taken a new and striking turn. Not only is the Nature Publishing Group, publisher of Nature, Scientific American, and other august and popular journals, attempting to induce authors who sign with it to obtain waivers on the open access policies of their schools and institutions, it is also slipping waivers on authors' moral rights into its contracts. And just to clarify, moral rights "include the right of attribution, the right to have a work published anonymously or pseudonymously, and the right to the integrity of the...

Morning Roundup: eBooks should be MORE expensive? Amazon introduces Fire TV and more
April 3, 2014 | 9:00 am

eBooks should be more expensiveContent Pricing Consultant: eBooks Should Be (Much) More Expensive (Digital Book World) “Ebooks are terribly misnamed,” said Luby. “They’re not a product. They’re a reader service.” *** Editor’s Note: Yes, I can imagine your reactions to this were much like mine. (Check date. No, not April 1.) Nor was it persuasive enough to make me go raise all my eBook prices. *** Creators Need Beyond 'Copyright' to 'Copy-Credit' (Digital Book World) Content creators and rights holders need to move beyond the business model of simply exploiting intellectual property rights to survive and grow, according to Jeff Jarvis, author of multiple books on media, professor of journalism...

CILIP confirms libraries endorsement of new UK intellectual property rules
April 2, 2014 | 10:30 am

copyrightThe Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP) has just added its overall endorsement to the new changes to UK copyright law, confirming the overall positive reception of the new rules from library professionals. In a CILIP-hosted briefing on the issue, Annie Mauger, CILIP Chief Executive, said: "The Libraries & Archives Copyright Alliance, supported by CILIP, have worked tirelessly for over twenty years advocating for much-needed reform ... The reforms are extremely good news for the library and information profession and all the people that use our services. We will continue to work closely with the Intellectual Property Office...

Dropbox uses file hashes to comply with DMCA requests. So what?
April 2, 2014 | 2:50 am

Surprise! Dropbox has anti-piracy measures in place. You’ve probably seen the stories by now. When you right-click that file on your drive and ask for a public link that you can share so your friend can download it, Dropbox runs a hash on the file—it basically takes the file’s fingerprint by assigning a specific character to particular bits. If it finds that hash matches a list of hashes that have been declared verboten by DMCA request, it tells you that you can’t share it. (Likewise, it hashes files so that it can save space by only storing one copy of...

UK police advertise illegal websites
April 1, 2014 | 1:55 pm

Flag of Edward EnglandWell alright, that's not exactly what's going on. But it could have that effect. For the UK Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), siloed in the City of London Police, has announced with some fanfare the launch of its "Infringing Website List (IWL) ... [which] sets out to disrupt the advertising revenues on illegal websites globally." The principle of this initiative is to introduce "an online portal providing the digital advertising sector with an up-to-date list of copyright infringing sites, identified by the creative industries and evidenced and verified by the City of London Police unit, so that advertisers, agencies and...

British Library IP head details impact of new UK copyright rules
March 31, 2014 | 6:25 pm

librariesBenjamin White, Head of Intellectual Property at the British Library, has produced an extremely detailed guide to the implications of the changes of UK copyright law for libraries and for the general public in Britain. And this guide has been made available through the website of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), who have of course an immediate professional interest in the topic. "The proposed drafts go a significant way towards making UK copyright law 'format neutral', meaning that the law will now recognise for example that those doing research and personal study are just as likely to...