Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wayback Wednesday: Giving Your First Conference Presentation: What No One Tells You (recorded webinar)

Maurice Coleman
I haven't done a "Wayback Wednesday" in a while.  This one was sparked by a recent inquiry and conversation.

In October 2013, Maurice Coleman and I gave a one-hour webinar  entitled “Giving Your First Conference Presentation: What No One Tells You (or When PowerPoint and Good Intentions Meet Reality)”.  Over 80 people attended it live and more watch the recording or accessed the handout. 2.5 years later, I think it is a topic that is still important and a recording still worth watching.  The webinar description is:
Part of your professional development and support of the profession is giving presentations at conferences about your research or new initiatives. This professional presentation should help to propel your career, so how can you create and deliver content that will do just that?
Intrigued?  Go ahead and watch it! 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Copying Fashion: Legal and Successful

This 2010 TEDxUSC talk by Johanna Blakley is well-worth watching, if you're interested in the sharing culture, creativity, and copyright.

Description: "Copyright law's grip on film, music and software barely touches the fashion industry ... and fashion benefits in both innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. In her talk, she talks about what all creative industries can learn from fashion's free culture."

Length: 16 minutes

Since this video, I think the thought around the copyright on tattoos has changed, although likely there is still a lot of sharing of designs  by most tattoo artists.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

"Happy Together" - Not! - The Turtles versus Sirius XM Radio
The Turtles (1967)
Pre-1972 music and its copyright status are back in the news!

The copyright holders of the Turtles' number 1 hit - Happy Together - filed suit against Sirius XM Radio over its use of pre-1972 music.  The suit was file in federal court and it was referred to New York State court, since the copyright of pre-192 music is covered by state law.  The New York Court of Appeals has agreed last week to hear this case. Below are a few articles where you can read the details of the case. Since this is being heard in state court, I will not only be interested in the ruling, but also in what precedents it sets.  Let's hope that the court hears the case soon.


Monday, May 09, 2016

Copyright and the Public Domain

My Sunday paper contained a short article on using works that are in the public domain.  The article included information on two relevant books, which might also be of interest to you.  These are available through a variety of different booksellers, including Amazon (which is where the links will take you).


The article also pointed readers to the local library for more information on copyright. Yes, librarians, our communities do believe that we are knowledgeable about copyright! Let's ensure that is so.