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Federal Open Licensing Playbook

“Federal agencies are increasingly using open licensing to expand the impact and reach of their work, enable innovative use of federally-funded materials, and ensure that publicly funded resources are available to the public. We note shared practices and considerations, common to the federal open licensing efforts thus far. This Playbook provides a practitioner’s guide to using open licenses in the federal context, based on the shared experience. It is not intended to be prescriptive but rather to offer expertise and lessons-learned to federal grants managers interested in exploring or using openly licensed resources as a component of their programs. The Plays are sequential, addressing different stages of program formation. This Playbook ranges from Plays on standards and usability, to training and funding models, to monitoring and sustainability. Individual Plays and the entire Playbook itself are not universally applicable. It may not be appropriate to openly license certain resources funded by federal grants or contracts because of national security or personal security requirements. Traditional copyright restrictions may also be necessary insome cases. Yet an increasing number of federally funded resources can best serve the public interest by being openly licensed. The Playbook is designed to be a living document that is updated as new information becomes available. The first draft of this Playbook was developed by the Subcommittee on Global Education of the Advisory Committee to the Secretary of State’s Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society. It includes input from multiple federal agencies, as well as private sector and civil society organizations. If there are questions this Playbook doesn’t answer or would like to suggest additions, please let us know at openedresources@state.gov. We welcome your feedback for future iterations of this resource at any time.”

Report – Law Enforcement Use of Cell-Site Simulation Technologies: Privacy Concerns and Recommendations

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform U.S. House of Representatives 114th Congress – Law Enforcement Use of Cell-Site Simulation Technologies: Privacy Concerns and Recommendations. Committee Staff Report. Hon. Jason Chaffetz, Chairman; Hon. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member; Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. December 19, 2016. “…During the course of the investigation, it became clear… Continue Reading

Tech Giants Partner in Effort to Fight Online Terror Content

News release: “Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are coming together to help curb the spread of terrorist content online. There is no place for content that promotes terrorism on our hosted consumer services. When alerted, we take swift action against this kind of content in accordance with our respective policies. Starting today, we commit to… Continue Reading

TTIP and Digital Rights

TTIP and Digital Rights Published: 08.06.2015 – “The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP – pronounced “tee-tip”) is a draft trade agreement being negotiated between the United States (US) and the European Union (EU). This booklet presents the concerns that EDRi and its members have regarding TTIP, such as the lack of transparency in the… Continue Reading

RightsStatements.org – 11 standardized rights statements for online cultural heritage

“RightsStatements.org is a joint initiative of Europeana and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Europeana, the Digital Public Library of America, and many other libraries, archives and other cultural heritage institutions believe that everyone should be able to engage with their cultural heritage online. We can help achieve this by providing cultural heritage institutions… Continue Reading

EU Parliament adopts General Data Protection Regulation

European Parliament News: “New EU data protection rules [EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”)] which aim to give citizens back control of their personal data and create a high, uniform level of data protection across the EU fit for the digital era was given their final approval by MEPs on Thursday. The reform also sets… Continue Reading

Sci-Hub, BookFi and LibGen defy court order and move to Dark Web

Via Torrent Freak: “A few days ago several large online repositories of free books and academic articles were pulled offline. Sci-Hub, BookFi and LibGen had their domain names taken away after Elsevier beat them in court. However, the site’s operators are not planning to cease their activities and are continuing their operations through alternative domains… Continue Reading

Prominent Authors Join Amicus Brief in Google Book Scanning Case

Via FindLaw via WSJ Law Blog – “Several famous authors filed a brief with the Supreme Court, asking it to hear a lawsuit over Google digital book library. Malcolm Gladwell, Margaret Atwood, Yann Martel, Steven Sondheim and others lent their names to the brief, contending Google is guilty of “massive copyright infringement…One of the writers’… Continue Reading

JSTOR Sustainability Beta

“JSTOR Sustainability is a digital library of academic research covering issues of environmental stress and its challenges for human society…We are currently testing the JSTOR Sustainability beta site with researchers and instructors in advance of launching it next year. We invite you to learn more about JSTOR Sustainability and participate in our beta testing to… Continue Reading

Harvard’s Groundbreaking Project Documenting Online Content Removals Changes Name to Lumen

News release: “Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society is pleased to announce exciting changes to our pioneering Chilling Effects project, including an expanded mission and a new set of international research partnerships. To better reflect this evolution in scope as well as the changes in the landscape over the fourteen years since it… Continue Reading

Library of Congress 2015 DMCA 1201 Rules

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS U.S. Copyright Office 37 CFR Part 201 [Docket No. 2014-07] Exemption to Prohibition on Circumvention of Copyright Protection Systems for Access Control Technologies. AGENCY: U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress. ACTION: Final rule. “In this final rule, the Librarian of Congress adopts exemptions to the provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act… Continue Reading