Contracts & Copyright

This post is spurred by a number of conversations I’ve had recently with close friends and more distant acquaintances, about use and/or publication of archival materials, and materials from subscription databases. Rick Anderson’s thoughtful “Asserting Rights We Don’t Have” post, which was published in the midst of these discussions, was…

Another flowchart deconstruction

New flowchart flying around Facebook and Twitter this morning purporting to answer the “Can I Use That Picture?” question. (Here’s the original post.) One thing the author, “The Visual Communication Guy”, Curtis Newbold, does really well is engage on some ethical issues! But the legal information has some problems. Again,…

Copyright Decisionmaking Flowchart – Some Critical Reflections

Yesterday, a new infographic on copyright decisionmaking for teachers started making the rounds in my social media spheres. It originates from http://langwitches.org/blog/2014/06/10/copyright-flowchart-can-i-use-it-yes-no-if-this-then/ Because several people asked my opinion of it, and because several other people responded with concern equal to mine when I shared it, I thought it’d be worthwhile…

Joys of the Public Domain: Getcher “Lean In” Images Here!

I’m deeply ambivalent about the whole “Lean In” thing. Much less so about the very cool “Lean In Collection” from Getty Images, which aims to create stock photography that doesn’t reinscribe stereotypes. However, you do still have to pay for/license uses of the Getty Images. This morning I was showing…

Copyright historians: The “Happy Birthday” class action suit and “proving” public domain status

Earlier this week, some filmmakers filed a class action suit that attempts to establish as fact that the song “Happy Birthday to You” is in the public domain – and has been for many years. The suit is a class action on behalf of everyone who has paid licensing…

On plagiarism and the public research university

Heller Hall BY-NC jadammel/Joe D. (photo taken at the U of M)Recently, a blogger copied from a University-produced blog at significant length without credit or a link back to the original site – behavior that understandably produced pretty negative feelings from the staff members whose work was being reproduced without…

A few clarifications on Pinterest/Copyright/TOS worries

Glad a lot of people are finding my previous post about Pinterest useful and informative. A number of comments, tweets, and emails have pointed out a couple of areas that I glossed over too fast in that post, so here’s a couple of additions and clarifications. 1. A couple of…

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