Thursday 26 April 2007

World Intellectual Property Day 2007!

Today is World Intellectual Property Day 2007!

This year WIPO celebrates the link between intellectual property and creativity under the theme - Encouraging Creativity.

You can check out what activities are going on around the world to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day 2007 on WIPO’s website. Prize for the person who identifies the funniest one!

Image by Eszter on Flickr CC-BY-NC-SA

Wednesday 25 April 2007

Latest issue of FOI Journal out

Just a quickie!

The latest issue of Open Government has just been published. The journal's aim is to publish research and communications related to Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation from the perspective of academics, practitioners and FOI users. At only two years old it is a relatively new jounrnal (for obvious reasons!)


Thursday 19 April 2007

Magazine's archive online

I read an article in about Harper’s magazine putting articles from its 157 year archive online. This brings up licensing issues (what use(s) did the authors licence to Harper’s?) and also highlights the time and effort required for rights clearance activities. Harper's VP, public relations Giulia Melucci is reported to have said "In an ideal world we would have contacted all 40,000 writers living and dead." Presumably we can take from this that they didn’t.

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Friday 6 April 2007

User Generated Content - The Copyright Conundrum

This event looks interesting. Thanks to Sean Flynn for flagging it up. I'm afraid I can't make it but hopefully somone else can. Although it's taking place in the States there is a live webcast.

Sean's message was as follows:

Please join us for

User Generated Content: The Copyright Conundrum
April 10th | 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm
Reception to Follow
Washington College
of Law | Room 603

4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington D.C.


The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at the American University Washington College of Law and the Center for Social Media at the American University School of Communications, in collaboration with the DC Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA, present a lively discussion on the implications of copyright law for makers of participatory media and the platforms on which it is displayed. The discussion will emphasize strategies to avoid or minimize risk of copyright liability. Panelists will include:

Sarah B. Deutsch
Vice President & Assoc. General Counsel

Alec French
Senior Counsel, Gov’t Relations
NBC Universal, Inc.

Fred von Lohmann
Sr. Staff Attorney
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Steve Tapia
Sr. Attorney, Law & Corp. Affairs

Mike Remington
Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP

This event is open to the public. Your registration is appreciated to help our planning of the public reception following the panel. Registration, however, is not required to attend.



Monday 2 April 2007

Hot off the press - Next DCC Conference!

3rd International Digital Curation Conference 2007

The UK Digital Curation Centre (DCC), the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) are pleased to jointly announce the 3rd International Digital Curation Conference to be held on Wednesday 12th – Thursday 13th December 2007 at the Renaissance Washington Hotel in Washington DC, USA.

Entitled “Curating our Digital Scientific Heritage: a Global Collaborative Challenge” the conference will focus on emerging strategy, policy implementation, leading-edge research and practitioner experience, and will comprise a mix of peer-reviewed papers, invited presentations and keynote international speakers.

Further details and a Call for Papers will be published shortly at

The event will follow on from the Fall 2007 CNI Task Force meeting which will be held on Monday 10th – Tuesday 11th December, also at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, Washington DC.

More information about the DCC can be found at