In "The Kindle Swindle?," Roy Blount Jr., President of the Authors Guild, defends the Guild's opposition to the Kindle's ability to read books and other works aloud.
Archive for the 'Copyright' Category
New Zealand's prime minister is delaying the implementation of a controversial new copyright law that will force ISP's to terminate the accounts of repeat copyright infringers until March 27th in order to study whether implementing the law is feasible.
Here's an excerpt from the law:
92A Internet service provider must have policy for terminating accounts of repeat infringer
- An Internet service provider must adopt and reasonably implement a policy that provides for termination, in appropriate circumstances, of the account with that Internet service provider of a repeat infringer.
- In subsection (1), repeat infringer means a person who repeatedly infringes the copyright in a work by using 1 or more of the Internet services of the Internet service provider to do a restricted act without the consent of the copyright owner.
Blog Report on the Legal and Ethical Implications of Large-Scale Digitization of Manuscript Collections SymposiumPosted in Copyright, Digitization on February 24th, 2009
Merrilee Proffitt of RLG Programs has posted a blog report on the Legal and Ethical Implications of Large-Scale Digitization of Manuscript Collections symposium at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
In an NPR podcast (Librarian Opposes Google's Library Fees), Robert Darnton, Director of the Harvard University Library, says that the Google Book Search Copyright Class Action Settlement "raises the danger of a monopoly" and calls for a public debate on the settlement.
E-Book Duopoly?: Chairman of the Board of Association of American Publishers on the Google Book Search SettlementPosted in Copyright, E-Books, Google and Other Search Engines, Publishing on February 23rd, 2009
Richard Sarnoff, Chairman of the Board of Association of American Publishers, discussed the Google Book Search Copyright Class Action Settlement at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy last week.
Timothy B. Lee reports on his comments in "Publisher Speculates about Amazon/Google E-Book 'Duopoly'."
The latest issue of Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large is dedicated to an in-depth (30-page) look at the Google Book Search Copyright Class Action Settlement.
Here's an excerpt:
The agreement could be a lot worse. The outcome could also be a lot better. I'm sure Google would agree with both statements, as it finds itself in businesses where it has neither expertise nor much chance of advertising-level profits. At the same time, the copyright maximalists didn't quite win this round. We'll almost certainly get somewhat better access to several million OP books—and will have to hope (and work to see) that the price (monetary and otherwise) isn't too high.
- John Conyers, Jr., (D) Michigan, 14th, Chair: $4,000
- Howard Berman, (D) California, 28th: $3,000
- Howard Coble, (R) North Carolina, 6th: $4,000
- Darrell Issa, (R) California, 49th: $1,000
- Sheila Jackson Lee, (D) Texas, 18th: $1,000
- Jerrold Nadler, (D) New York, 8th: $1,000
- Lamar Smith, (R) Texas, 21st: $2,000
- Robert Wexler, (D) Florida, 19th: $2,000
It also made 2007-2008 contributions to two Senate Judiciary Committee members:
In "University of Michigan Library," Cameron Parkins of the Creative Commons interviews Molly Kleinman, University of Michigan Library Copyright Specialist.