You can’t infringe in your thoughts…

“Bookstore” CC BY-NC Randall Munroe…and it’s actually also nearly impossible to infringe something just by talking about it. What copyright owners own is the right to decide who (if anyone) gets to make/distribute copies of a work, who gets to produce derivative works (like translations and adaptations), and who…

Clearing Tracks – Rail Snow Plows (JoPD/CC)

(I have been sharing “Joys of the Public Domain” and “Treasures of the Creative Commons” on my Twitter feed for a while. They’re just things (mostly pictures) that I’ve stumbled across and enjoyed. Expect more random collections like this in the future!)My office window looks out over the Mississippi River…

Lawyering is such a downer

Being a lawyerbrarian, I often have conversations with people about how the law works. Fairly often, those conversations are frustrating, discouraging, or downright disheartening for all involved. Here’s a hypothetical rendering of one such conversation: J. Random Librarian: When federal employees produce documents, there’s no copyright in them, right? Copyright…

Good Copyright and Creative Commons Practices – Presentation Slides

I’m calling this “Good Practices” rather than “Best Practices”, because hey, there might be better ones!Images punch up presentation slides, it’s true. In fact, some of the most effective presentations I’ve ever seen have relied heavily or even exclusively on image-based slides. However, I very often see images used something…

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