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Italian earthquake victims asked to disable WiFi passwords

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 relief institutions are urging locals to temporarily remove their WiFi passwords.<p>In the …

Earthquakes

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 …

Photographers

Paper Trail, No Fail: How to Stay Out of Legal Trouble? Documenting 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.<p>“I can’t afford an …

Filmmaking

ReactOS 0.4.2, An Open-source Windows Clone, Released With Unix Filesystem Support

<i>Short Bytes: ReactOS is an open source clone of Windows that’s developed from scratch. The latest release, ReactOS 0.4.2, comes with updated software</i> …

Open Source

The New York Public Library's new Twitter bot matches emoji with vintage photos from its digital archives — Quartz

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

Lawyers who nixed Happy Birthday copyright will get $4.6M in fees

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

San Francisco, CA - infoZine - Lenz filed the lawsuit that came to be known as the “Dancing Baby” case after she posted—back in 2007—a short video on …

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 gets a solo in the Beach Boy’s “Good Vibrations” and signals mystery, danger, and …

Theremin

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 …

Audio Quality

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 …

Culture

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

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, judicial sources said in Monday.<p>The nation’s top court on Sunday rejected an appeal by the heirs of Max Brod, a friend of Kafka and the executor of his …

Franz Kafka

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 …

Internet Archive

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

Album Covers

'Crazy Train' Co-Writer Sues Ozzy Osbourne Over Unpaid Royalties

Former Ozzy Osbourne bassist Bob Daisley has sued the musician and his Blizzard Music Limited for fraud, accusing the heavy metal pioneer of withholding more than $2 million in unpaid royalties.<p>Daisley has sued Osbourne several times for his work with the musician throughout the Eighties. In this …

Ozzy Osbourne

The Internet Archive has uploaded 10,000 Amiga titles you can play in your browser

While I’m old enough to have owned a ZX Spectrum as a child, it was the Commodore Amiga that really ignited my lifelong passion for gaming. Now, …

Internet Archive

Is Downloading Retro Video Game ROMs Ever Legal?

There’s nothing quite like reliving your childhood with your favorite retro games, but are emulators and ROMs legal? The internet will give you a lot …

Retro

John Oliver's Story On Campaign Music And Copyright Is... Wrong

Yes, let's start with the obvious: John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" is a comedy program meant to entertain and is not meant to be journalism. It's a …

Comedians

What Are the Most Stolen Books? Bookstore Lists Feature Works by Murakami, Bukowski, Burroughs, Vonnegut, Kerouac & Palahniuk

In 1971, Abbie Hoffman published his countercultural how-to/”hip Boy Scout handbook,” <i>Steal This Book</i>. Since then, millions of people have queued up …

Jack Kerouac

Early Japanese Animations: The Origins of Anime (1917-1931)

Japanese animation, AKA anime, might be filled with large-eyed maidens, way cool robots, and large-eyed, way cool maiden/robot hybrids, but it often …

Hear Debussy Play Debussy: A Vintage Recording from 1913

A century ago, the great French composer Claude Debussy sat down at a contraption called a Welte-Mignon reproducing piano and recorded a series of …

Audio Quality

America's broken digital copyright law is about to be challenged in court

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit on Thursday that American copyright wonks, technologists and security researchers have been hotly awaiting for nearly 20 years.<p>If they succeed, one of America’s most controversial technology laws will be struck down, and countries all over …

Copyright

Breaking: Plagiarized portions of Melania Trump’s RNC speech not in speechwriter’s draft, NBC reports

And with that, blame for the error might lie only with Melania and not a saboteur speechwriter<p>As the delegate roll call took place, NBC News’ Hallie Jackson provided MSNBC viewers an update to the parallel story of Melania Trump’s alleged plagiarism of Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National …

Advice From the Master: Thelonious Monk Scribbles a List of Tips for Playing a Gig

We’re fascinated by lists. Other people’s lists. Even the ones left behind in shopping carts are interesting (Jarlsburg, Gruyere and Swiss? Must be …

Jazz

Why Violins Have F-Holes: The Science & History of a Remarkable Renaissance Design

Before electronic amplification, instrument makers and musicians had to find newer and better ways to make themselves heard among ensembles and …

Violin