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Fair Use in Art, Politics, and Babies Going Crazy | Center for Democracy & Technology

Fair Use in Art, Politics, and Babies Going Crazy | Center for Democracy & Technology | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
"Digital media and the Internet have expanded the ways in which we can borrow, transform, and share creative works, making the iterative process of innovation more rapid and more granular. This year, CDT revamped its Online Art Rights project, which provides an overview of the issues artists and others may face when creating or expressing online and the legal risks associated with those issues. Fair use, part of the fulcrum in the balance between free expression and copyright, features prominently among those issues."
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The Scout Report -- Volume 22, Number 11

The Scout Report -- Volume 22, Number 11 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This week's issue of The Scout Report focuses on copyright and intellectual property. Find this week's Internet Scout Report at:

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2016/0318

to access the links and read the annotations for each resource: 

     U.S. Copyright 
Teaching Copyright 
Library of Congress: Timeline of Copyright Milestones 
Common Sense Media: Copyright and Fair Use Animation 
Copyright in Education Flowchart
Fair Use Evaluator 
The United States Copyright Office 
NYPL: Public Domain Collections 

     Intellectual Property and Licensing 
WIPO: What is Intellectual Property? 
Intellectual Property Law: Why Should I Care? 
Ten Simple Rules to Protect Your Intellectual Property 
Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus (PDF) 
Creative Commons 
Foter Blog: How To Attribute Creative Commons Photos 
YouTube: A Shared Culture 
Finding Public Domain & Creative Commons Media

Copyright © 2016 Internet Scout Research Group - http://scout.wisc.edu The Internet Scout Research Group, located in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, provides Internet publications and software to the research and education communities under grants from the National Science Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, and other philanthropic organizations. Users may make and distribute verbatim copies of any of Internet Scout's publications or web content, provided this paragraph, including the above copyright notice, is preserved on all copies.
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What Could Have Entered the Public Domain on January 1, 2016?

What Could Have Entered the Public Domain on January 1, 2016? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Current US law extends copyright for 70 years after the date of the author’s death, and corporate “works-for-hire” are copyrighted for 95 years after publication. But prior to the 1976 Copyright Act (which became effective in 1978), the maximum copyright term was 56 years—an initial term of 28 years, renewable for another 28 years. Under those laws, works published in 1959 would enter the public domain on January 1, 2016, where they would be “free as the air to common use.” Under current copyright law, we’ll have to wait until 2055.1 And no published works will enter our public domain until 2019. "

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Titanic victory for fair use: appeals court says Google's book-scanning is legal

Titanic victory for fair use: appeals court says Google's book-scanning is legal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals just dropped a bombshell, ruling against the Authors Guild in its bid to force Google to stop scanning books and making them searchable.

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Appeals Court Overturns Important Fair Use Win Concerning University 'E-Reserves' -- But Potentially For Good Reasons

Appeals Court Overturns Important Fair Use Win Concerning University 'E-Reserves' -- But Potentially For Good Reasons | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

An important decision which concerns the Fair Use aspect of copyright law--the one which most often pertains to educational re-use of copyrighted content. 

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Why Are So Few Books From the 20th Century Available as Ebooks?

Why Are So Few Books From the 20th Century Available as Ebooks? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
... while the vast majority of songs are on iTunes and YouTube?
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Are Art Professionals Afraid of Fair Use?

Are Art Professionals Afraid of Fair Use? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Visual art professionals are not making use of fair use, a new report issued by the College Art Association (CAA) says, in large part because they're concerned about the repercussions of not obtaining copyright permissions."

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This report demonstrates the work of scholars and museums has been impeded by excessive anxiety about limits on Fair Use. See also: 

http://blogs.artinfo.com/modernartnotes/2014/02/the-bulleted-version-of-the-caa-fair-use-report/

and the report itself:

http://www.collegeart.org/pdf/FairUseIssuesReport.pdf

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Open Spaces Magazine - The Purpose of Copyright by Lydia Pallas Loren

In honor of Copyright Week, a primer on copyright law and its history.

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E-book piracy? Tsk, students | ZDNet

E-book piracy? Tsk, students | ZDNet | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Why is e-book piracy so prevalent in the student world? I'm sure we could all think of a few reasons.
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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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Concurring Opinions » Copyright’s Constitutional Chameleon

Concurring Opinions » Copyright’s Constitutional Chameleon | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Opinions about the source of the Librarian of Congress' authority revolve around which branch controls the Library of Congress. The LoC Librarian recently ruled that unlocking a cell phone is a copyright violoation.

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Ebooks and the Candlemaker’s Petition

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Wayne Bivens-Tatum in his Peer to Peer Review column compares current eBook publishers' practices to the candlemakers in Bastiat's 19th century satire.  While I think Bivens-Tatum goes a little too far in his condemnation of copyright protections, somewhat missing Bastiat's point (light is not unique and original, copyright-protected works are, by definition), he does make some good points about the way publishers are restricting libraries' access to ebooks.  And for those of you who teach students about satire, there is a link to Bastiat's essay.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Creative Commons in Plain English

Richard Byrne explains how he uses a video from Common Craft to explain to students why they need to pay attention to rights and permissions when using and reproducing media they access online.  For more information about finding images and other media that are licensed for re-use and about citing images, see the GHS Library's Research Help page:

https://sites.google.com/a/msad51.org/greely-high-school-library/Greely-High-School/research-help

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To Kill A Mass Market Paperback and Access to Knowledge 

Just weeks after Harper Lee’s death on February 19, 2016, a notice was issued that the mass-market version of the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird would no longer be authorized for publication. 
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Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse

Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The release of more than 180,000 digitized items represents both a simplification and an enhancement of digital access to a trove of unique and rare materials: a removal of administration fees and processes from public domain content, and also improvements to interfaces — popular and technical — to the digital assets themselves. Online users of the NYPL Digital Collections website will find more prominent download links and filters highlighting restriction-free content; while more technically inclined users will also benefit from updates to the Digital Collections API enabling bulk use and analysis, as well as data exports and utilities posted to NYPL's GitHub account. These changes are intended to facilitate sharing, research and reuse by scholars, artists, educators, technologists, publishers, and Internet users of all kinds. All subsequently digitized public domain collections will be made available in the same way, joining a growing repository of open materials.
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Picking The Locks: Redefining Copyright Law In The Digital Age

Picking The Locks: Redefining Copyright Law In The Digital Age | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In his new book, Cory Doctorow shows creators how to survive in the digital age. He says the problem with copyright law is tech platforms have more control over content than the people who make it.
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What Is Creative Commons and Why Does It Matter?

What Is Creative Commons and Why Does It Matter? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Creative Commons licenses are free copyright licenses that creators can use to indicate how they'd like their work to be used. Creators can choose from a set of six licenses with varying permissions, from the most open license to the least open license.

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If you haven't checked out Graphite yet, this article will give you a good sense of how useful the site can be.


"Graphite™ is a free service from nonprofit Common Sense Education designed to help preK-12 educators discover, use, and share the best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula for their students by providing unbiased, rigorous ratings and practical insights from our active community of teachers."

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Georgia Tech Study Reveals Copyright Complexities, Social Norms in Online Media Creation

In the age of mashups, fan fiction and content sharing, online media creation has spurred new complexities in copyright, effectively turning the legal concept of “fair use” on its ear, according to a new study from Georgia Tech.

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Copyright Week: Taking Copyright Back Electronic Frontier Foundation

Copyright Week: Taking Copyright Back  Electronic Frontier Foundation | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In the week leading up the two-year anniversary of the SOPA blackout protests, EFF and others are talking about key principles that should guide copyright policy.
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Copyright & Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers

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From Tech & Learning, a handy chart to help you understand whether you're following copyright rules correctly.

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Free Sherlock Holmes: the Copyright Battle of Baker Street

Free Sherlock Holmes: the Copyright Battle of Baker Street | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Sherlock Holmes faces his greatest challenge — since his fight to the death with Professor James Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls.Who owns Sherlock Holmes, the world’s greatest detective?
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How does copyright work in space?

How does copyright work in space? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

If this doesn't convince you that copyright law needs to be reformed and simplified, I don't know what will. The Economist explains how copyright law could have affected a Canadian astronaut's YouTube video of his performance of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" on board the ISS.

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Six Strikes Anti-Piracy System Makes Its Debut

Six Strikes Anti-Piracy System Makes Its Debut | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Yes, the Six Strikes anti-piracy program is toothless and easily ridiculed. But it might still wreak real harm on Internet use – and it could also get much worse.
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Creation and copyright law: the case of 3D printing

Creation and copyright law: the case of 3D printing | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The latest technology to challenge the confines of copyright and intellectual property laws is 3D printing, also known as "additive manufacturing."

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