Jail? For downloading too many articles???

On Tuesday, a lot of the conversation in my neck of the internet was about the arraignment of activist & open access advocate Aaron Swartz on federal charges of wire fraud and unauthorized network use. Most of the discussion was among the geeklaw aficionados, and  I’ve been kind of surprised…

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…

Copyright time-travel is a bad idea

©Libn, circa 1976The lawsuit against Georgia State University brought by a number of academic publishers (including Cambridge, Oxford, and Sage) and funded by the ostensibly non-profit Copyright Clearance Center proceeds to trial on Monday morning. At issue is the widespread re-use and sharing of academic content among faculty, staff, and…

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…

Delving into the DMCA, Part I: What-All Is Even In There???

This post marks the first in an at-least-two-part series on the DMCA, partly because it’s good preparation for a talk I’m giving at the Library Technology Conference next week. This installment is dedicated to Iris, who was looking for “an actually readable summary of the DMCA” the other day….

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