#RiskyBusiness: Risk Management for Nonprofits: Copyright

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The Case for Copyright Exceptions and Fair Use

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For on January 17, 1984, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that consumers could tape their favorite TV shows and watch them later without the copyright holder’s consent. Such action, the Court decided, didn’t constitute copyright infringement because it was fair use , that is, a limitation and exception to the exclusive rights granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work. copyright law.


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Watch Your Content: Protecting Your Website Against Copyright Infringement

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So it’s little surprise that the massive proliferation of online resources has spawned a major problem: protecting website content from copyright infringement in the form of plagiarism or outright theft. As a website owner or administrator, if you haven’t heard of DMCA—the Digital Millennium Copyright Act—you absolutely should be familiar with the groundbreaking legislation. Thankfully, there are preventative measures you can take to protect your web content copyrights.

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. Tags: print disabled blind SCCR18 copyright copyfight SCCR Bookshare WIPO Lots of excitement recently in Geneva at the World Intellectual Property Organization.

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. The copyright exception is designed to help only "blind or other people with disabilities."

Fascinating Meeting at the Copyright Office

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Last Friday I spent almost two and a half hours in a wide-ranging conversation with Maria Pallante of the Copyright Office (and two other folks whose full names I didn't write down). I would characterize the atmosphere as one of informed and intelligent skepticism on the part of the Copyright Office, with many questions exploring different positions. copyright exemption for serving the print disabled is commonly called the Chafee Amendment: Section 121 of copyright law.

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. December 4, 2009 Benetech’s Reply Comments in response to the Copyright Office Notice of Inquiry and Request for Comments on the Topic of Facilitating Access to Copyrighted Works for the Blind or Other Persons With Disabilities The issue all comes down to human rights vs. money.

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. This is the international forum for discussing copyright issues, and it is the body considering the Treaty for the Visually Impaired (TVI). Jamie Love of KEI took the above picture of ACB's Eric Bridges, NFB's Scott LaBarre (and his wife Anahit Galechyan) and me at the meeting: I was busy tweeting what I was hearing at my Twitter handle of @JRandomF.

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. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole.

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??? clamping down culture, as the criticism goes, then schemes like Creative Commons, piggy-backing on top of the copyright system, are inadvertently helping to build that cage.

Disney Mashup on Fairuse and Copyright

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via Amalyah Keshet and Wired Magazine " Hijacked Disney Characters Explain Copyright " The ten minute movie, directed by Eric Faden , came out of Stanford University's Fair Use Project Documentary Film Program. Stanford's Fair Use Project--to which Stanford Law professor, Copyright guru, Creative Commons advocate and Wired. Click here to play.

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. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. Which definition, you will note, is very vague (even the US Copyright Office admits this). EMI, holder of copyright to the White Album, went ballistic. Resources: Copyright Basics, US Copyright Office - [link]. Fair Use, US Copyright Office - [link].

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. Countries should enact a domestic copyright exception so that Authorized Entities can make accessible copies of Works without getting permission from the rightsholders.

Tribute to My Mentor

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Gerry quickly did the legal research and came back to explain that my idea, which seemed like it should be illegal, was 100% permitted under an obscure provision of the copyright law! Using his incredible connections in the legal field, he obtained a chance for the two of us to present to the Copyright Committee of the Association of American Publishers. Benetech Bookshare copyright Georgetown Gerry Davis socent

BBC News - Copyright group Creative Commons targets web users

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BBC News - Copyright group Creative Commons targets web users

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. copyright law). In September 2011, the Authors Guild sued the HathiTrust, alleging massive copyright violations.

Accessibility Excitement in Geneva

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The Missive Just as I was leaving for Geneva from California, attendees received an email from Alicia Wise of Elsevier, advocating on behalf of the rightsholders for support from attendees for a particular approach to implementing Marrakesh that the publishers especially favor, to provide incentives for publishers to sign off on collective licenses to ease cross-border transfer of copyrighted accessible files. One of the reasons I started the Beneblog more than ten years ago (!)

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

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One year ago, on June 28, 2013, at a diplomatic conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, the World Intellectual Property Organization ( WIPO ) agreed on a historic international copyright exception for people with print disabilities. I have previously written about the top issues addressed by the Treaty , but to recap, the Treaty is a wonderful instrument because it requires exceptions for people who are blind or have other print disabilities in national copyright laws.

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. In this post, I hope to convincingly make the case why countries ratifying the Marrakesh Treaty should implement copyright exceptions for people with disabilities which do not have these self-clearing provisions, technically called “commercial availability limitations.” copyright exception, which was one of the inspirations for the Marrakesh Treaty.

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. a11y Marrakech exceptions accessibility print disabilities blind copyright dyslexia SCCR libraries publishing WIPO Reading Rights Coalition commerciality

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 Earlier today, I attended the American Foundation for the Blind’s (AFB) National Leadership Conference in Chicago where I received the 2013 Migel Medal.

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 kickstarter.com, pointed out that there have been copyright lawsuits over haikus so why couldn’t somebody sue over a tweet

Why We're Blacking Out Sites: PIPA and SOPA

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The Copyright Alliance had the courtesy of engaging with multiple comments in favor of the proposed bills, but they failed to directly address (either a deliberate omission or because it was a robot) my major concerns about two of our main technology programs: the Bookshare online library (largest in the world for people with print disabilities) and our Human Rights program. SOPA PIPA blackout Benetech copyright Fruchterman copyfight

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Why Your Country Should Ratify the Marrakesh Treaty

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This historic international copyright exception treaty paves the way for a future in which people who cannot read regular printed materials can have equal access to books, regardless of where they live. 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. book famine Bookshare copyright law Marrakesh Treaty UN World Intellectual Property World Blind Union

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

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In my prepared statement, I explained why well-balanced intellectual property laws inspire technology innovation and social good, and described how our Bookshare initiative models the good that copyright exceptions can create. To make this possible, we must keep the balance in copyright. IP copyright social good congressional testimony innovation tech4good intellectual property Bookshare House Judiciary Committee

We Have a Treaty…and It’s Great!

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I’ve been actively advocating for an international copyright exception model that would greatly benefit people with disabilities, as anyone who has read my blog over the years can attest! copyright exception. For starters, it closely follows the Chafee Amendment , which is the copyright exception that has made Bookshare possible in the United States.

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

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Copyright mark makes it easier to find royalty free works - The Inquirer: "Copyright mark makes it easier to find royalty free worksTries to lower confusionBy Lawrence LatifTue Oct 12 2010, 12:41NON-PROFIT ORGANISATION Creative Commons (CC) has announced its release of the Public Domain Mark (PDM), a way of distinguishing works that are free of known copyright.CC

Breakthrough on Global Access at WIPO in Geneva!

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There has been a major breakthrough recently on international copyright negotiations in Geneva around improved access for people who have print disabilities. Answer : • Countries should provide for a copyright exception in their national laws to allow nonprofit organizations serving people with disabilities to make accessible versions of inaccessible books and other content • Import and export of such accessible materials shall be permitted 2.

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. • SCCR22 publishers blind copyright copyfight SCCR Authors Guild limitations Bookshare WIPO exceptions

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. 14ntc copyright license creative commons nptech nten Social Media Strategy Web Sites Communications Carly Leinheiser. Associate Attorney.

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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. Tags: print disabled print disabilities Kanter Wiley Flatworld copyright OERs Creative Commons Schwarzenegger Plotkin CC Bookshare

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!) use, build on, and share. That's why Creative Commons offers a handy standardized list of licenses for creative works.

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. We are committed to furthering international efforts to enhance the access to copyrighted materials. Tags: Kareem Dale blind SCCR18 copyright Obama copyfight SCCR global library Bookshare WIPO

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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. Together, these facts should be helpful for educational institutions and their legal counsel in permitting institutions to avail themselves of the services funded by the Department of Education, and to be comfortable with the legality of those services under copyright law. Tags: copyright blind Bookshare Chafee Section 121) , defines a special class of organizations known as authorized entities.

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 amazon.com NFB I’ve been watching with interest the legal controversy over the synthetic speech capability of the new version of the Amazon Kindle, such as the coverage on Boing-Boing entitled Author's Guild claims text-to-speech software is illegal.

GetaFirstLife.com 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 Second Life, the on-line parallel universe, is a controversial topic. Some folks are fanatical about it, and it's touching a lot of real world places.

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 I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day.

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Economically, open looks better than closed

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Economically, open looks better than closed September 13, 2007 An interesting study was released yesterday by an organization called the Computer and Communications Industry Association (with heavyweight members like Google and Microsoft) which shows that fair use exceptions to copyright generate more economic benefit than copyrights themselves.

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Speaking of open social networks …

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is a microblogging service based on an open source project, Laconica , and all of the updates are copyrighted by a Creative Commons (Attribution) license. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Speaking of open social networks … August 14, 2008 I just joined identi.ca. identi.ca

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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?

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. The United States'' copyright exception for the blind is a shining example of something that complies with the three-step test. Congress to gut our model copyright exception.

Pod Spruce with Podsafe Music | Beaconfire Wire

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will keep you on the safe side of copyright law internationally. ??Pod Beaconfire Survey: Favorite YouTube videos privacy policy | sitemap copyright 2009, beaconfire consultingSkip to content Clients Services Portfolio About Us Contact Blog Home > Blog Recent Posts 07/16/2010: The Wisdom of the Old Spice Man 07/12/2010: Is your online campaign going to succeed?

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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. Tags: Copyright NPtech

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