This is a quite excellent piece by Cory Doctorow about copyright law and e-books and how preventing people from owning sharing their e-books is a stupid thing for publishers to be doing. An excerpt:
Anyone who claims that readers can?t and won?t and shouldn?t own their
books are bent on the destruction of the book, the destruction of
publishing, and the destruction of authorship itself. We must stop them
from being allowed to do it. The library of tomorrow should be better
than the library of today. The ability to loan our books to more than
one person at once is a feature, not a bug. We all know this. It?s time
we stop pretending that the pirates of copyright are right. These
people were readers before they were publishers before they were
writers before they worked in the legal department before they were
agents before they were salespeople and marketers. We are the people of
the book, and we need to start acting like it.
This week's question: What is a copyright policy A Copyright Policy is a document that sets out copyright information, specifically how it applies to the use of content in your organization. It may set out basic copyright information, global copyright information, questions and answers in your organization, how to apply fair dealing/use in your organization, and the contact person for copyright in your organization...
Copyright Law #1: Introduction to Copyright I In this, the first episode of Copyright Law, we begin a high-level overview of what copyright is. Almost everyone is a copyright holder, with specific exclusive rights over their original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible medium...
Digital Copyright Slider Thanks to The Wired Campus, I stumbled across this nifty digital copyright tool developed by the American Library Association’s Copyright Advisory Network (in the Office for Information Technology Policy)...
Copyright Law #2: Introduction to Copyright II Copyright applies to a wide variety of works, even types of expression that are newly created (and not explicitly referenced in the copyright act). However, some items of “intellectual creation” are outside of copyright, such as ideas or works of the federal government...
Cultural v. Commercial Uses Cory Doctorow: "Copyright law should distinguish between commercial and cultural uses" (2008) Professor L. Ray Patterson: "The competitor uses the copyright; the consumer uses the work...