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Category Archives: Digital Rights

Cancellation, Culture, and Copyright

Ordinary Times – “…This problem was explored in-depth by Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz in their book The End of Ownership. I don’t need to know how many books you have on your Kindle or iPad to tell you that you own none of them. Suppose a DMCA takedown notice is sent regarding an allegedly infringing work on a platform like Amazon, or some similar dispute over the rights to reproduce a work emerges. In that case, the work must be taken down lest the platform face liability for copyright infringement. In 2009, Amazon had to delete “purchased” copies of 1984 from Kindle users’ devices after a dispute with the rights holder…. The way to address this problem is to formalize digital ownership in our copyright laws. The creation of a “digital first-sale” right wouldn’t help those who stream or license, but it would make legally viable the option for consumers to fully purchase the right to the digital copy of a work, which they could then buy and sell just as they would in the real world. Perzanowski and Schultz suggest this, and while there is an argument to be made that this can be fixed by the courts, there’s no substitute for the certainty provided by legislation…”

Misinformation and Technology: Rights and Regulation Across Borders

Post, Robert and Maduro, Miguel, Misinformation and Technology: Rights and Regulation Across Borders (November 17, 2020). Global Constitutionalism: 2020 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3732537 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3732537 “The “virtual” public sphere has taken on unprecedented importance, exposing a variety of legal questions regarding the governance of the internet and its relationship to democracy and freedom of… Continue Reading

Crowdsourced maps will show exactly where surveillance cameras are watching

Fast Company – “Amnesty International is producing a map of all the places in New York City where surveillance cameras are scanning residents’ faces. The project will enlist volunteers to use their smartphones to identify, photograph, and locate government-owned surveillance cameras capable of shooting video that could be matched against people’s faces in a database… Continue Reading

YouTube’s Copyright Filter Is Crushing Video Critique And It’s Getting Worse

Gizmodo – “YouTube’s copyright filter is a labyrinthine nightmare called Content ID. Content ID works by scanning all the videos on YouTube and comparing them to a database of material submitted by copyright holders—often music labels and movie and TV studios—which have been given the ability to add things to the database by YouTube. Once… Continue Reading

As libraries fight for access to e-books, a new copyright champion emerges

Fortune – “A long running battle over copyright has flared up again, and Lila Bailey is at the center of it. A personable 43-year-old with degrees in philosophy and law, Bailey is the chief lawyer for the Internet Archive, a non-profit facing a major lawsuit from big publishers over how it lends out e-books. “This… Continue Reading

Amazon Publishing in Talks to Offer E-books to Public Libraries

Publishers Weekly – The potential deal would be a breakthrough moment in the library e-book market as Amazon currently does not make its digital content available to libraries. It would also be a major coup for the Digital Public Library of America’s upstart e-book platform and its SimplyE library reading app…Such an agreement would be… Continue Reading

How Controlled Digital Lending Makes an Entire College Library Available to Everyone Everywhere

Medium: “…When readers need access to a book that is essentially “locked up” in print, help is starting to be on the way through the concept of Controlled Digital Lending. This is an approach to library curation that allows print books to be digitally loaned in an environment that restricted people’s abilities to redistribute or… Continue Reading

Increased ebook lending popularity leaves publishers worried, librarians still dissatisfied

Via LLRX – Increased ebook lending popularity leaves publishers worried, librarians still dissatisfied –  Chris Meadows was a Editor and Senior Staff Writer at TeleRead, a site focusing on e-book and library news. It is with sadness that I share one of his last articles – he passed away last week after a hit and… Continue Reading

Academic publishing practices are making ebooks unaffordable, unsustainable and inaccessible to university libraries

Campaign to investigate the academic ebook market – “We are a group of academic librarians, researchers and university lecturers who have compiled an open letter asking the UK government to urgently investigate the academic publishing industry over its ebook pricing and licensing practices. The current situation is not working and it needs to change. Librarians… Continue Reading

NSA – Limiting Location Data Exposure

NSA Cybersecurity Information: “Mobile devices store and share device geolocation data by design. This data is essential to device communications and provides features—such as mapping applications—that users consider indispensable. Mobile devices determine location through any combination of Global Positioning System (GPS) and wireless signals (e.g., cellular, wireless (Wi-Fi®1), or Bluetooth®2 (BT)). Location data can be… Continue Reading

How Internet Archive and controlled digital lending can help course reserves this fall

Chris Freeland – Director of Open Libraries at Internet Archive: “I host regular webinars about the Internet Archive’s Open Libraries program, helping librarians and others understand how controlled digital lending works, and how their library can make their print collections available to users online. The question of how to safely handle course reserves is clearly… Continue Reading

Libraries lend books, and must continue to lend books

Internet Archive responds to publishers’ lawsuit: “Yesterday, the Internet Archive filed our response to the lawsuit brought by four commercial publishers to end the practice of Controlled Digital Lending (CDL), the digital equivalent of traditional library lending. CDL is a respectful and secure way to bring the breadth of our library collections to digital learners.… Continue Reading