Stripping Metadata May Void Safe Harbor Provisions

Sunday, 09 March 2014 15:11

metadata connectsThe big news for artists is that a district court judge in California hinted that online providers who strip metadata from uploaded images might be in jeopardy of losing their "safe harbor" status under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.

“[fr]om a logical perspective, metadata appears to be an easy and economical way to attach copyright information to an image.” excerpt from NPPA story

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Copyright Office Announces Public Roundtable Discussions and Seeks Further Comments on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 01:05

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The Copyright News Net

Issue 526
February 10, 2014

The United States Copyright Office will host public roundtable discussions on potential legislative solutions for orphan works and mass digitization under U.S. copyright law on March 10-11, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Requests to participate should be submitted by February 24, 2014. For a participation request form, go to http://www.copyright.gov/orphan/participation-request-form.html.
 
The Office is also seeking public comments on potential legislative solutions for orphan works and mass digitization under U.S. copyright law. A comment form will be posted on the Copyright Office website at http://www.copyright.gov/orphan/ no later than March 12, 2014. Comments are due by April 14, 2014, and will be posted on the Copyright Office website.
 
For the complete Notice of Inquiry, which provides details about the roundtables and instructions for commenting, see the Federal Register (79 FR 7706).

 

   

Photo Shanghai, China's first art fair dedicated to photography

Monday, 03 February 2014 03:58

 

PhotoShanghaiThe World Photography Organisation and Montgomery are proud to announce the inaugural edition of Photo Shanghai, the first international art fair dedicated to photography in China.  It will run from 5-7 September at the landmark Shanghai Exhibition Centre.
 
The fair, which will be directed by Alexander Montague-Sparey (previously Director, Head of Photograph Department, Christie’s London) has been created in direct response to the increasing demand by audiences from across Asia-Pacific, and beyond, to discover accessible and collectable photography.  Galleries from across the world now have a unique platform in China and the opportunity to establish and extend their network of buyers in the Asia-Pacific region. 
 
With its mass appeal, photography is perhaps the most prolific artistic medium of our era and is rapidly expanding.  The Chinese art market is particularly buoyant with a 31% increase in 2013 and an increasingly stable and loyal collector base.

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Important Deadlines for Copyright Advocates

Monday, 13 January 2014 15:23

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The month of February has two important deadlines for consultations on copyright matters, both summarized and linked to concisely by The 1709 Blog (image), and condensed and summarized below.

February 5, 2014, is the deadline for the EU Commission's public consultation on the review of EU copyright rules. The second, due February 25, is a Public Consultation on the UK orphan works licensing scheme.

Please review the details, submit your responses, and follow us and The 1709 Blog for more!

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Hey, British Library! Authors need better protection!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 13:29

In a questionable yet important decision on Fair Use, Federal Judge Danny Chin determined that Google's Book Digitization Project falls under Fair Use.

In a 30-page decision (.pdf) Judge Denny Chin of New York ruled that Google’s move to digitize millions of university and commercially available books is on its face a violation of the owners’ copyrights. But Google’s limited use of the work makes the scanning “fair use” under copyright law, Chin ruled. Google’s Book-Scanning Is Fair Use, Judge Rules in Landmark Copyright Case

Seeming to follow on the heels of that news is the British Library's initiative to digitize Spare Rib, an important UK feminist magazine of the '70s and '80s. In its outreach to authors who contributed to the landmark publication, the British Library asks that authors sign over their copyrights with a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 3.0. licence.

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