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Canadian Court Decision on Copyright Trolls and P2P Lawsuit

Via Michael Geist: “The federal court has released its much anticipated decision in Voltage Pictures v. Does, a case involving demands that TekSavvy, a leading independent ISP, disclose the identities of roughly 2,000 subscribers alleged to have downloaded movies without authorization. The case attracted significant attention for several reasons: it is the first major “copyright troll”Continue Reading

Libraries Testing E-Book Interlibrary Loans

Jennifer Howard, Chronicle of Higher Education: “…Worried about security and sales, many publishers and vendors permit individual e-book chapters to be shared but don’t routinely include the lending of whole e-books in library contracts. Even when licenses do allow e-book lending, libraries typically lack the technology to make it work. You can’t just pop anContinue Reading

LC – Orphan Works and Mass Digitization

“The U.S. Copyright Office will host public roundtable discussion sand seeks further comments on potential legislative solutions for orphan works and mass digitization under U.S.copyright law. The meetings and comments will provide an opportunity for interested parties to address new legal developments as well as issues raised by comments provided in response to the Office’s previous NoticeContinue Reading

CRS – Internet Television Streaming and Copyright Law

Aereo and FilmOn X: Internet Television Streaming and Copyright Law. Emily M. Lanza, Legislative Attorney. January 13, 2014 “Companies such as Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon have changed how many people watch television programming by offering on-demand, online streaming to their computers,  mobile devices, and gaming consoles. Aereo and FilmOn X also stream television programming over the Internet for aContinue Reading

Copyright Clearance Center and ALPSP Launch New Open Access Resource Center

“The non-profit Copyright Clearance Center announced this week that is has launched an Open Access Resource Center in partnership with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP). And to kick off its partnership CCC is hosting a free webinar featuring ALPSP CEO Audrey McCulloch today, January 16, to discuss the resource center as well as how ALPSP members areContinue Reading

Costs of Keyword Searching, Data Analysis, Not Recoverable, Federal Circuit Rules

Catalyst E-Discovery Search Blog – by Bob Ambrogi | December 18, 2013 “To what extent can the costs of e-discovery be recovered by a prevailing party in federal court? The U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has just issued an opinion that provides a detailed analysis of that question, concluding that the answer hinges on which costs fallContinue Reading

Court Rules in copyright case involving literary figures, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson

Via the blog - Free Sherlock! Holmes belongs to the world: “On Monday, December 23, 2013, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled on the plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment against the Conan Doyle Estate in a case involving the literary figures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. The Court’s ruling states,Continue Reading

British Library releases over 1 million images using Flickr Commons

British Library Digital scholarship blog: “We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain. The images themselvesContinue Reading

Guidelines for Business Information Responses

“This fifth revision of the Guidelines for Business Information Responses is designed to assist information services staff in meeting user needs to resolve business information inquiries, as developed by members of the American Library Association. Serving as an enhancement to other Reference and User Services Association publications, including Definitions of Reference, Guidelines for Information Services, and Guidelines for Implementing and MaintainingContinue Reading

WordPress – Striking Back Against Censorship

“The mission of WordPress.com is to democratize publishing. We’re inspired every day by the ways creators use our platform to bring their voices to the world. Unfortunately, we also see many cases of censorship aimed at WordPress.com authors and users. One area where we’ve seen a number of problems is the censoring of criticism through abuseContinue Reading

CFPB – study on the impact of regulations at financial institutions

“Today, we’re releasing findings from a study we conducted on the operational effects of certain regulations for banks, in order to better understand the day-to-day activities they perform to comply with regulations. We chose a narrow scope for the study, in the expectation that depth over breadth would create findings of lasting value. We looked at ongoing operationalContinue Reading

Civil Society Groups Demand Transparency and User Protections in Trans-Pacific Partnership

EFF news release: “Civil society groups are coming out in force against the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, following Wikileaks’ publication of the “Intellectual Property” chapter. The leaked chapter confirmed our worst fears that TPP carries Hollywood’s wishlist of policies, including provisions to encourage ISPs to police user activities and liability for users for simply bypassing digital locks on content and devices forContinue Reading