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Why secret album-sharing forum What.CD was a music obsessive’s pirate paradise

<i>On November 17, music-sharing database What.CD was shut down for good by the French authorities. The loss of the illegal members-only forum was</i> …

BitTorrent

Harvard Report: One Step Closer to Low-Risk OA Orphan Works?

On August 12, the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication published a comprehensive literature review detailing strategies for digitizing …

Librarianship

How to Avoid Being Sued For Plagiarism

Shares 0<p>Imagine someone to suing you for half a million dollars because you failed to attribute their work correctly.<p>It would be a shocker, right? …

Apple Patents A New Invention and Its A - 'Paper Bag'

Advertisement<p>Trust tech giant Apple to push the envelope each time. Just when you thought that this was it, Apple comes up with something that leaves …

German Library Claims Copyright on "Nazi Anthem," Censors Documentary on YouTube

When it comes to Nazi propaganda, Germany has an extensive censorship track record. After the Second World War it was policy to ban all Nazi …

CC BY and data: Not always a good fit. Office of Scholarly Communication

Last week I wrote about data ownership, and how focusing on “ownership” might drive you nuts without actually answering important questions about what can be done with data. In that context, I mentioned a couple of times that you (or your funder) might want data to be shared under CC0, but I didn’t …

Creative Commons licenses under scrutiny—what does “noncommercial” mean?

Commercial v. noncommercial use of CC licenses. Where's the line of demarcation?<p>By all accounts, Great Minds is an educational stalwart that has …

copyright

Warner Bros flags its own website as a piracy portal in copyright takedowns

It turns out that asking a piece of software to decide which websites should be censored and which ones are legitimate has some problems, which I …

Warner Bros

Nintendo orders takedown of more than 500 indie games

The fan-made games infringed dozens of copyrights across multiple franchises<p>Nintendo has forced 526 fan-made games off the internet with a barrage of takedown requests.<p>The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA) takedown requests targeted fan-made remakes of hundreds of classic Nintendo games …

Download 100,000 Photos of 20 Great U.S. National Parks, Courtesy of the U.S. National Park Service

The story of the U.S.’s national parks isn’t one story, but many. These have been told and retold since the founding of the National Park Service, a …

Outdoors

1850s Japan Comes to Life in 3D, Color Photos: See the Stereoscopic Photography of T. Enami

For about a quarter of a millennium, Japan had a policy called <i>sakoku</i>, literally meaning “closed country,” which put to death foreigners who dared …

Photography

Italian earthquake victims asked to disable WiFi passwords

This will let Red Cross workers use WhatsApp and Skype to contact locals who need help.<p>Early Wednesday a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy, killing at least 120 people and trapping countless others under debris. To help ease communications for search and recovery, multiple disaster …

Photographer seeking $1 billion from Getty Images

An accomplished photographer who lets the public use thousands of her images of America for free has sued the Getty Images photo agency for more than $1 billion, saying it is improperly selling her work to customers and threatening those who don't pay.<p>The photographer, Carol Highsmith, whose work …

Photography

Paper Trail, No Fail: How to Stay Out of Legal Trouble? Document Everything

Also known as “Contracts or it didn’t happen,” this practice might help you get out of jail—or at least sleep better at night.“I can’t afford an …

Law
Open Source

Send this bot an emoji, and it sends back a related image from the New York Public Library archives

Some Twitter bots are spammy and obnoxious, with eggs for profile images and misspelled suggestions of ways to get rich quick. But not all Twitter bots are bad. Some are downright brilliant. And some, like the New York Public Library’s new emoji bot, are simply delightful.<p>Tweet an emoji at the …

Public Domain

Judge grants Happy Birthday lawyers $4.6M, citing “unusually positive results”

One-third of the $14 million settlement fund will go to plaintiffs' counsel.<p>The attorneys who moved the song Happy Birthday into the public domain …

copyright

NASA Just Made All the Scientific Research It Funds Available for Free

There goes our weekend.<p>NASA just announced that any published research funded by the space agency will now be available at no cost, launching a new …

NASA

Wikipedia Is Not Therapy!

How the online encyclopedia manages mental illness and suicide threats in its volunteer community.<p>O<b>ne recent Tuesday night</b> in the suburbs of Sydney, …

Wikipedia

Students ‘don’t understand’ plagiarism, research suggests

Students have “no understanding” of what plagiarism is and why they must avoid it, according to new research.<p>Lee Adam, education research fellow at …

Plagiarism

Emulation vs. Copyright Infringement

Marvin Gaye’s influence on music is undeniably significant and pervasive. Given that, how does one measure the difference between emulation and …

copyright

Supreme Court Asked to Review Dancing Baby Copyright Case

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Friday filed a petition on behalf of its client Stephanie Lenz asking the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure that …

copyright

Soviet Inventor Léon Theremin Shows Off the Theremin, the Early Electronic Instrument That Could Be Played Without Being Touched (1954)

You know the sound of the theremin, that weird, warbly whine that signals mystery, danger, and otherworldly portent in many classic sci-fi films. It …

Culture

The British Library’s “Sounds” Archive Presents 80,000 Free Audio Recordings: World & Classical Music, Interviews, Nature Sounds & More

Online archives, galleries, and libraries offer Vegas-sized buffets for the senses (well two of them, anyway). All the art and photography your eyes …

Entertainment

Langston Hughes Presents the History of Jazz in an Illustrated Children’s Book (1955)

I can imagine no better guide through the history and variety of jazz than Langston Hughes, voice of the Harlem Renaissance and poetic interpreter of …

Jazz

1.8 Million Free Works of Art from World-Class Museums: A Meta List of Great Art Available Online

Since the first stirrings of the internet, artists and curators have puzzled over what the fluidity of online space would do to the experience of …

Art

Franz Kafka literary legal battle ends as Israel's high court rules in favor of library

Country’s supreme court rules manuscripts are the national library’s property Estate’s heirs must hand over documents, which include unpublished writings<p>Israel’s supreme court has ruled that Franz Kafka’s manuscripts are the property of the National Library of Israel, ending a lengthy legal battle, …

Nintendo Power issues vanish from Internet Archive

Last week, news that a bunch of old <i>Nintendo Power</i> issues had found their way onto Archive.org started making the rounds. For a brief moment, fans …

No, It’s Not What You Think. This Canadian Band Copied A Bollywood Poster For Their Album Cover

Posters