On turning down a job

Fairly recently, I was approached by a graduate professional program to teach a short, for-credit, winter-term course on copyright. I was really excited by the opportunity – I mostly lead one-shot sessions, and I was looking forward to getting into more depth with a group of students. I’d started planning…

Automatic captions and derivative works

Today, I was showing a bunch of colleagues how to use YouTube’s auto-captioning feature, and letting people do some demo videos. My colleagues recorded videos of themselves reading poetry, or reciting song lyrics – and those videos are probably technically derivative works! But the captions themselves are derivatives of the…

How I Talk About Fair Use – Intro & “Breathing Space”

When & why I Talk About Fair Use “How do we/I know what we/I can and cannot do with other people’s stuff?” is one of the primary things I’m asked to talk about in trainings and other outreach and education efforts. Often, what people think they really want to know…

Why non-academics should be following the Georgia State U case

This post will be cross-posted at TechDirt at some point. Supposedly. Update, 6/9/11 – has been posted Update, 6/9/11: Check out the latest on the GSU case. Trial is currently under way in a copyright suit against Georgia State University brought by a number of academic publishers (and funded by…

Librarian’s Copyright Litany, Take 2

I got some great input, both here on the blog and elsewhere, on the Librarian’s Copyright Litany. Here’s a revised version. The Librarian’s Copyright Litany Remembering that copyright’s constitutional purpose is to stimulate creation for the benefit of the public; and recognizing that in its current formulation (and many possible…

Librarian’s Copyright Litany (updated)

UPDATE: revised version now available Exploring some exhortatory language to counter the message I encounter from many librarians that copyright is an area where our primary concern should be “compliance”. I don’t think this is a finished version – very much welcome your input/suggestions/feedback. Inspired by Lessig’s “Certificate of Entitlement”…

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