06 décembre 2018

e-learning Content

e-learning Content
"Traditional copyright licences are far too restrictive to develop an ecology of e-learning content." Thus writes Graham Atwell in a position paper to the eLearning Consultation Workshops, one of many that can be found on the Workshop website. A summary of the workshop is also available, and while the discussion includes Creative Commons, it also asserts that "appropriate business models for the publishers are essential." To this I am inclined to respond in the same manner as Cory Doctorow: "If you believe that 'content owners still call most of the shots' then you believe that the studios will make movies and just not release them, they will amass a great pile of unreleased material in their Hollywood vaults and sit before the doors, arms folded, glaring at the world until it arranges itself into a more accomodating configuration. It is ridiculous." It's not up to education to accomodate publishers - it's up to publishers to adapt. More...

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Copyright Clearance Center Releases New Report on Copyright in the Digital Workspace

Copyright Clearance Center Releases New Report on Copyright in the Digital Workspace
Interesting report surveying internet use in the corporate space. According to the results, the internet is widely use for research (and is often the sole source of research). More surprisingly, file sharing is widespread in the corproate environment. "Employees seek out information that is relevant to business objectives. Once they find it, they frequently share it with others for a wide range of purposes often without realizing that their actions may violate copyright law." It's a habit as old as work - once you find something interesting, you share it with your friends and colleagues. More...

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Copyright, Fair Use and the Public Interest

Copyright, Fair Use and the Public Interest
This opinion column by Neil Turkewitz, Executive Vice President of Recording Industry Association of America, expresses the view that protetcion of copyright is in the public interest. "We base our entire system of protection on the public's interest in promoting the creation and distribution of creative materials," he writes. More...

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Copyscape

Copyscape
So today's Google Alert came with a big notice about this service, which scans the web to see who, as it says, has plagiarized your work. So I tried it out and the results were as expected: the service takes no notice of my Creative Commons license, and does not even differentiate between legitimate quotations - such as this hit on Jeremy Hiebert's site, which is flagged as plagiarism. More...

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04 décembre 2018

College Board Wants SAT Statistics Taken Off Web Site

College Board Wants SAT Statistics Taken Off Web Site
Fair use or copyright violation? A group critical of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) has posted results showing that minority and poor applicants scored lower than white and upper-class kids. The College Board, which owns the SAT, is demanding that the information be removed from the FairTest website, arguing that it violates copyright. More...

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30 novembre 2018

25% of Internet Sites Violate Copyrights of News Articles

25% of Internet Sites Violate Copyrights of News Articles
I have serious doubts about the accuracy of this item, but let's suppose, for a moment, that it's true, that the survey was fairly and accurately conducted and that the results are reflective of the population as a whole. It says, then, that a quarter of all websites violate copyright. If this is true, then what we have here is far more than a mere policing problem. More...

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19 novembre 2018

Universities in dispute over copyright fees legal action

By Geoff Maslen. Australia’s 39 universities could face a huge increase in their copyright fees following legal action by the Copyright Agency (CA) to claim a bigger return for their copying and sharing of material in published work. More...

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15 novembre 2018

A Blueprint for Better Copyright Law

A Blueprint for Better Copyright Law
Criticism of a recent initiative by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) that would have ISPs terminate Canadian internet accounts where users are suspected of file sharing activities. Not only is the proposal bereft of anything like due process, as the author points out the American experience shows that numerous mistakes in take-down orders are common and that innocent third parties would be impacted. More...

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Copyright Issues in Digital Media

Copyright Issues in Digital Media
For people familiar with the copyright debate this essay won't introduce a lot that is new, but is worth a read nonetheless in order to view the issues from the point of view of economic efficiency, the only consideration countenanced by the authors. More...

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01 novembre 2018

An Unending Copyright Dispute

HomeBy Lindsay McKenzie. Appeals court ruling continues decade-long legal battle between Georgia State University and three publishers over what constitutes "fair use" of course materials. More...

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