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Watch Your Content: Protecting Your Website Against Copyright Infringement

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Thankfully, there are preventative measures you can take to protect your web content copyrights. Digital Resources Nonprofit Web Design

The Case for Copyright Exceptions and Fair Use

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417 (1984), also known as the “ Betamax case ”, is a landmark copyright precedent that has had enormous implications for the media economy.

Upholding The Social Bargain: Bookshare and Copyright Compliance

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copyright law. The Section 121 copyright exception (often known as the Chafee Amendment after the Senator who introduced it in 1996) makes it possible for Benetech to scan just about any book and make it available to this community. The publishing industry and disability organizations both agreed on this provision of copyright law.

Commercial Availability: The Poison Pill for Marrakesh Treaty Implementation

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That’s the lobbying position of some companies in the intellectual property field when implementing the new Marrakesh Copyright Treaty. Our experience successfully building Bookshare under the United States copyright exception, which has no such commercial availability limitation, informs this strong opinion.

Copyright treaty in Geneva Advances!

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Bookshare pretty much has been made possible by the Chafee Amendment, a copyright exception provision in U.S. Copyright treaty backing e-books for disabled readers survives US and EU resistance | OUT-LAW.COM WIPO Limitations & Exceptions Treaty Advances. I was part of an expert panel that drafted the original proposed treaty. The U.S.

Accessibility Excitement in Geneva

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In particular, they wanted the group to endorse that a copyright exception under Marrakesh exclude works that are commercially available.

Fair Use Victory Advances a Future of Accessibility for All

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HathiTrust, a unanimous three-judge panel concluded that digitizing books in order to enhance research and provide access to individuals with print disabilities is lawful on the grounds of fair use —that is, a limitation and exception to the exclusive rights granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work ( Section 107 of the U.S.

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BBC News - Copyright group Creative Commons targets web users

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BBC News - Copyright group Creative Commons targets web users

Our WIPO Statement on the Treaty for Access for People with Disabilities

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Statement of Benetech to the 22nd Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights at the World Intellectual Property Organization June 15, 2011, Geneva, Switzerland • Greetings from California’s Silicon Valley! Now, more than 30,000 current copyrighted books are available globally on Bookshare to thousands of users. •

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Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights at WIPO

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I'm here in Geneva for the 20th Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights meeting. blind TVI treaty jrandomf Twitter WIPO SCCR20

Why Your Country Should Ratify the Marrakesh Treaty

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It does so by making it legal under copyright to create accessible books without needing to seek permission or (in most countries) paying a royalty.

What is in the Treaty of Marrakesh?

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First, it makes creating a national domestic copyright exception an obligation of countries that ratify the Treaty. Second, the Treaty allows for easier import and export of accessible versions of books and other copyrighted works. The View from an Authorized Entity Many Bookshare users (and potential Bookshare users!) Works Covered.

SXSW 2010: Can you copyright a tweet? – Telegraph Blogs

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SXSW 2010: Can you copyright a tweet? Telegraph Blogs: "A panel at SXSW this morning looked at whether it’s possible to copyright a tweet. Fred Benenson, who teaches at NYU and works at, pointed out that there have been copyright lawsuits over haikus so why couldn’t somebody sue over a tweet

Receiving the 2013 Migel Medal

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That treaty should replicate the successful copyright exception here in the U.S. award Fruchterman a11y Migel AFB Ferrell Bookshare accessibility blind copyright dyslexia Helen Keller copyfight SCCR treaty ebooks It was named for the first board chair of AFB, M.C. That was over 24 years ago! Washington? I said!

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Reply Comments on the Proposed Treaty for Access to Copyrighted Works

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We filed the following comments to the Copyright Office's request for comments on issues about access for people with print disabilities. Many of the comments critical of the proposed treaty come from parties that object in principle to copyright exceptions, rather than having a direct stake in the issue at hand. Because of money.

The Road to Accessibility without Borders: Celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of the Marrakesh Treaty

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As a result, the Treaty closely follows the Chafee Amendment , which is the copyright exception that has made Bookshare possible in the United States.

We Have a Treaty…and It’s Great!

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copyright exception. We help more than 250,000 people with print disabilities thanks to our U.S. I’m excited to report: they did just that.

Copyright mark makes it easier to find royalty free works - The Inquirer

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said the PDM will 'increase the

The Great YouTube Copyright Debate

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Note, however, that if you reprint a work and if the copyright is called into question, the burden will fall on you to prove that you "believed and had reasonable grounds for believing that [your] use of the copyrighted work was a fair use," according to the U.S. Copyright Office. The nature of the copyrighted work.

Disney Mashup on Fairuse and Copyright

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Stanford's Fair Use Project--to which Stanford Law professor, Copyright guru, Creative Commons advocate and Wired. Click here to play.

Poisoning the Treaty for the Blind

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I feel quite strongly about this because of how well a balanced copyright law can work, and does work, right here in the United States. The three-step test is part of international copyright law meant to allow countries to reflect their own values in their copyright exceptions. Congress to gut our model copyright exception.

The Iron Cage of Copyright

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strengthens the hold of copyright in our everyday life.??? The concept and mechanisms of licensing are introduced to people who would not previously consider copyrighting their works, and thus possibly commodify their creations. iron cage of copyright??? As noted in the article, Once rules are removed, people become considerate.

Free Report on Nonprofits and Copyright

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Technology in the Arts recently released an excellent report on copyright law. I find the three companies' stories interesting. read more.

Kyle's Adventures in Copyright Law, or: Yes, Your Work Belongs To You


And honestly, we didn't know - typically we talk about government-created work as a great resource for copyright-free images. Copyright Law for fun and games (e.g. of us), government works cannot be copyrighted, which makes them public domain (Title 17 of the U.S. I suppose a little background is necessary. 99.9%

Copyright Doesn’t Have to be All or Nothing: Intellectual Property Rights and Creative Commons

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Copyright, according to the US government is: a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.

Creative Commons: Part of the solution? Or simply more copyright woes? | Media Sphere - Josh Wolf blogs about the new information age - CNET Blogs

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Or simply more copyright woes? Media Sphere - Josh Wolf blogs about the new information age - CNET Blogs: "When Creative Commons first surfaced, it was heralded as a means to share media without being ensnared by the complications accompanying traditional copyright. Creative Commons: Part of the solution?

Share, Use, Remix: An Overview of Creative Commons


Copyright laws can be confusing and so mired in legalese that they're almost incomprehensible. Creative Commons has tried to make copyright law easier to understand and allow content creators to share what they've created, and to allow other people to use the content they've created for their own purposes.

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Bring a Question: Creative Commons Hosts TechSoup Social Channels on September 17, 2014

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How can we use memes while still respecting copyright and making sure content creators get appropriate credit? copyright Creative Commons storymakers Sharing is an essential part of storytelling, and our friends at Creative Commons are devoted to expanding the number of creative works that are available to (legally!) Your Questions.

Congressional Testimony Statement before the House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

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To make this possible, we must keep the balance in copyright. We call this building the last “social mile.”

Benetech's Statement to the Treaty Delegates in Marrakech

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Our library is made possible both by a domestic copyright exception that makes it possible for us to add any book requested by a blind person to our library, as well as strong cooperation with publishers who provide many of their books directly to our library for free, including the rights to serve people in certain other countries.

What the Creative in 'Creative Commons' Really Means - News and Analysis by PC Magazine

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What the Creative in 'Creative Commons' Really Means - News and Analysis by PC Magazine: "It gives creators who never went to law school the vocabulary they need to work through the copyright system,' says Vaidhyanathan. 'It It lets creators understand that copyright is not one right; it's a bundle of rights.

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SOPA, PIPA, and the Wikipedia blackout: what it means for associations.


SOPA is supposed to protect copyright holders and give them a means of combatting copyright infringement online. I’m confused.

Bookshare to Convert Open Content Textbooks to Accessible Formats

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That's a huge difference compared to copyrighted works that we convert under the copyright exemption, which we have to keep under tight controls to restrict copyrighted works to only the use of people with bona fide print disabilities in the U.S. as well as meeting with our Bookshare funders at the Department of Education.

Breaking News on the Global Treaty from Kareem Dale

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The United States is currently involved in important discussions at the World Intellectual Property Organization regarding ways in which to improve access to copyrighted materials throughout the World, including, specifically, for persons who are blind and visually impaired. Really exciting.

Great reads from around the web on October 18th

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And where you stand on the discussion of copyright, digital rights, online content sharing and intellectual property? Tags: roundup bigsociety bookmarks conference copyright facebook irl list millennials nonprofits photography postalicious privacy resources sharing slacktivism socialchange socialmedia sxsw virtualworlds

Why I’m Scared of the SOPA bill

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We’re against piracy, and have made commitments to authors and publishers to encourage compliance with copyright law. But, when asked if we know whether or not there are “pirated” copyrighted materials, we can’t say. Benetech, is a leading nonprofit organization based in Silicon Valley. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The U.S.

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Bookshare’s Status as an Authorized Entity under Section 121

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Section 121 of the Copyright Act, also known as the Chafee Amendment (17 U.S.C. Tags: copyright blind Bookshare Chafee Section 121) , defines a special class of organizations known as authorized entities. In addition, the Library of Congress is the agency responsible for issuing regulations supporting Section 121. and Linden Labs

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This runs so counter to the normal overreaching of trademark and copyright owners, like the NFL's attempt to stop a law professor from posting the snippet from the Super Bowl showing how ridiculous their copy right claims were as explained on Techdirt: DMCA Takedown For Professor Showing How Copyright Owners Exaggerate Their Rights

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Can I Use That Image for My Website or Newsletter?

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copyright law, it is sometimes legally OK to use images you find on the web and often not. Copyright Office. Copyright Fair Use Doctrine.

The Struggle for Book Access (Blog Post #1)

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If people starting taking audio versions of their Kindle books and distributing them, they would of course be violating copyright. Tags: Kindle Kindle2 Authors Guild copyfight copyright blind NFB I think it’s time to write a series of short essays on the struggle for accessible books, starting with this brouhaha.