Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Podcast: Salinger And the Public Domain

If JD Salinger's early works are in the public domain, can they be sold in the U.S. and other countries?  A recent lawsuit tackles that question.  The Copyright Clearance Center "Beyond the Book" provided an over of this topic in an 11 minute podcast.  You can listen to it here.  It demonstrates the complexity of copyright and even moral rights.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Becoming a Library Training

The 158th episode of T is Training (52-minute) was on how people become library trainers and the skills needed. The group talked about coursework, etc., that people should consider, if they want to become library trainers. This is an excellent podcast for MSLIS students, because it may change the coursework that you select. It also an excellent podcast for current LIS professionals, because it may spark ideas around professional development.

Participating in the podcast were Maurice Coleman, Paul Signorelli, Laura Botts, Patti Poe, and Kate Kosturski.

You can listen to the episode here. By the way, the episode is formally entitled "These People Are Dead, Let’s Move On."  Once you listen to it, you'll understand the title.

Blurred Lines

In early March, the lawsuit between Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and the estate of Marvin Gaye was settled.  While the jury decided that Marvin Gaye's copyright had been infringed, critics of the decisions are not so sure.  In addition, the decision could set a interesting and perhaps dangerous precedent.  As this Metro Times article notes:
As many observers have pointed out, the case could set a precedent that some regard as dangerous to artists (no musician — or any artist — creates art in a vacuum). One music critic wrote, "By this logic, the Bob Marley estate can sue pretty much every reggae artist of the past 30 years. The Bo Diddley estate can sue George Michael for 'Faith' and Bow Wow Wow for 'I Want Candy.' Phil Spector can sue The Raveonettes for their entire catalog."
Time will tell in how this decision impacts music and other areas. Time will also tell if this is the final decision in this case or not.

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Thursday, April 02, 2015

Article: Robin Williams restricted use of his image for 25 years after his death

Robin Williams 2011a (2).jpgWith the ability of people's images to be used after their death in ways that they may not desire, Robin Williams' will may be the start of a trend to combat that.  According to the Guardian article:
What this means is that the actor won’t be digitally inserted into any films or adverts, such as what happened with the Audrey Hepburn Galaxy ad, until a pre-agreed date. It’s believed to be a new form of privacy contract based on the availability of new technologies, which Williams and his lawyers were clearly aware of and one which might affect future usage of deceased celebrities.
You can read the entire article here.

Video: Falling Though the Cracks: Digital Preservation and Institutional Failures

At the CNI Membership Meeting in December 2014, Jerome McDonough of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign explored whether libraries, archives and museums are designed in a way which facilitates long-term access to cultural heritage materials.  He used kaiseki cuisine as a backdrop for his talk, with I found quite interesting.  The video is 36 minutes in length.