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Getty Images Makes 35 Million Photos Free to Use Online

Via Open Culture – “Fighting a losing battle against infringers, Getty Images surprised consumers and competitors yesterday when it announced that it would make 35 million images free for publishers to use, with a few strings attached. Publishers, broadly defined, are now allowed to add certain Getty images to their sites, on the condition thatContinue Reading

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

Handbook on European data protection law

“This handbook is designed to familiarise legal practitioners who are not specialised in the field of data protection with this area of law. It provides an overview of the EU’s and the CoE’s applicable legal frameworks. The rapid development of information and communication technologies underscores the growing need for the robust protection of personal data –Continue Reading

Commentary – How Gracenote Became a Big Metadata Player

Vijith Assar via Slashdot: “Last week, Tribune Company completed the $170 million acquisition of Gracenote, a deal originally set in motion in late 2013. The merger is an unusual one: Gracenote owns a massive library of media metadata, and the Tribune Company is best known as the publisher of print newspapers and tabloids, most notably its flagship paper in Chicago. FiveContinue Reading

Cornell University Digital Literacy Resource

The Digital Literacy Project – Cornell University: “Digital literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet. As a Cornell student, activities including writing papers, creating multimedia presentations, and posting information about yourself or others online are all a part of your day-to-day life, and all ofContinue Reading

Microsoft Research adopts Open Access policy for publications

Microsoft Research Connections Blog: “In a recent interview with Scientific American, Peter Lee, head of Microsoft Research, discussed three main motivations for basic research at Microsoft. The first relates to an aspiration to advance human knowledge, the second derives from a culture that relies deeply on the ambitions of individual researchers, and the last concerns “promotingContinue Reading

UK – 10 Steps to Cyber Security

“The Government and intelligence agencies are directly targeting the most senior levels in the UK’s largest companies and providing them with advice on how to safeguard their most valuable assets, such as personal data, online services and intellectual property. The Cyber Security Guidance for Business, produced by CESG (the Information Security arm of GCHQ), the Department forContinue Reading

Vancouver Sun – How to stop the digital dark age

DNA may be our only salvation from the relentless decay of data – BY ROGER HIGHFIELD, LONDON DAILY TELEGRAPH JANUARY 8, 2014 “Are we sliding into a dark age of information? True, there are some three thousand billion billion bytes of recorded digital information on the planet, and the figure is rapidly rising. However, most of this will beContinue Reading

Modularity and Intellectual Property Protection

Modularity and Intellectual Property Protection – Baldwin, Carliss Y. and Henkel, Joachim (January 13, 2014). Harvard Business School Finance Working Paper No. 14-046. “Modularity is a means of partitioning technical knowledge about a product or process. When state-sanctioned intellectual property (IP) rights are ineffective or costly to enforce, modularity can be used to hide information and thusContinue Reading

How 3D printing technology will affect the creation, delivery, and consumption of art

Of PhDs, Pirates, and the Public: Three-Dimensional Printing Technology and the Arts, Lucas Osborn, Campbell University Law School, January 14, 2014, Texas A & M Law Review, Spring 2014, Forthcoming  “The confluence of three-dimensional printing, three-dimensional scanning, and the internet will explode the dividing line between the physical and the digital worlds and will bring millions of lay peopleContinue Reading

ESET Releases Annual Threat Trends Predictions for 2014

“ESET, the global leader in proactive digital protection…has released today its annual predictions for the threatscape in the upcoming year Trends 2014 – The Challenge of Internet Privacy. This year, in wake of revelations of Edward Snowden related to the US National Security Agency (NSA), the main topic focuses on the growing concern expressed byContinue Reading

FBI Releases Annual Crime Statistics from National Incident-Based Reporting System

News release: “..the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released its second compilation of annual data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). The report, NIBRS 2012, presents core tables about incident and offense data submitted by a third of the nation’s law enforcement agencies that participate in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, as wellContinue Reading