Reply Comments on the Proposed Treaty for Access to Copyrighted Works

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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.

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. Plus, it lays out the set of circumstances where nonprofits may use content that is licensed under one of the Creative Commons Non-Commercial licenses.

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The Iron Cage of Copyright

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Interesting article over at the site called CC Licensing Practice Reviewed Alek Tarkowski, ccPoland It mentions an experiment in a dutch town where they removed the traffic signs or the rules. It goes to point to some alternative viewpoints on cc licensing: A similar argument is made by Niva Elkin-Koren in ??? in which she argues that Creative Commons licensing, even if introducing an alternative and open licensing model, nevertheless ???strengthens

Enabling a Participatory Culture using Creative Commons Licenses

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Subsequently, I invited Gautam John who works with Pratham Books to write a guest post about their social publishing strategy where he briefly touched upon their use of Creative Commons licenses. In this post, shares more about how his organization uses Creative Commons licenses and why he thinks it is important for your organization to consider it too. Enabling a Participatory Culture using Creative Commons Licenses by Gautam John.

The Great YouTube Copyright Debate

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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. licenses.

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

Allegiance Group

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].

Tribute to My Mentor

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I needed help with business negotiations and software licensing and Gerry jumped in teaching me everything I know about doing business. 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! Benetech Bookshare copyright Georgetown Gerry Davis socentIn honor of Gerry Davis, April 2018 My mentor passed away earlier this month.

Accessibility Excitement in Geneva

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The ABC would wrap together efforts such as TIGAR as a sharing portal, capacity building efforts for countries trying to create accessible book services and looking at issues like licensing. Getting some kind of licensing deal is critically important, because it will take many years for the Marrakesh Treaty to be fully implemented with its copyright exceptions. So, in the meanwhile, we will need to rely on licenses: permissions agreements.

Speaking of open social networks …

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

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

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Creative Commons Licensing Teachable Moment and An Apology!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The original photo was published as "all rights reserved" because that's the flickr default and in 2005, I was pretty clueless about Creative Commons and copyright issues. of the power of the "by" license and had just turned my default to it. I put that photo under that license because that was the default licensing available in flickr. At the time, I was pretty darn clueless about creative commons licensing and the why it is important.

Microsoft to Issue Blanket License to NGOs - PCWorld Business Center

AFP Blog

Microsoft to Issue Blanket License to NGOs - PCWorld Business Center: "Microsoft will issue a blanket software license to nonprofit groups and journalist groups outside the U.S. after the New York Times reported that Russian police have used software copyright raids to seize computers of activist groups

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

Tech Soup Blog

That's why Creative Commons offers a handy standardized list of licenses for creative works. These licenses allow you to give permission for others to share your work, and also to define how your work can be shared. If you want to give nonprofits and other noncommercial ventures permission to republish your story, but don't want to allow a company to sell it for profit, there's a license for that. What Creative Commons license should I use for my work?

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

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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

Bookshare to Convert Open Content Textbooks to Accessible Formats

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Accessibility is a huge asset of open content materials, which are frequently released under the Creative Commons licenses and are freely distributable. 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.

How Use Creative Commons Licensing and Flickr To Find Powerful Visuals for Your Presentations

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This screencast focuses on how nonprofits can use flickr and creative commons licensing to search for powerful visuals to use in their presentations without violating copyright laws. Where can you find photos that aren't outrageously expensive or under copyright protection? And, depending on the license, you are free to use many of them. It's great to enhance your presentations with photos found in flickr, but you may be wondering about copyright laws.

Bookshare’s Status as an Authorized Entity under Section 121

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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.

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

AFP Blog

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. With six different licenses available, media creators were provided the opportunity to. Creative Commons: Part of the solution?

Get a Google Earth Pro License for Free! - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


60) Search « NPower Greater DC Region Technology Innovation Award | Main | Building a Successful Internet Presence » Tuesday Aug 21 2007 Get a Google Earth Pro License for Free! Copyright © 2008, , Inc. frogloop Home frogloop Home Receive monthly updates Subscribe to our RSS feed Follow frogloop on Twitter Most Popular Posts Social Network ROI Calculator Social Networking for Nonprofits: ROI, Tracking Tools and More "While Theyre Hot!"

How to Watch British TV Abroad: Buy VPN with British IP Address

Find the free stuff

This is because most foreign computers and the internet networks they belong to do not have licensing agreements to view copyrighted programming. Some British TV websites deny access to their programming for any computers and computer networks not from the U.K. The U.K. websites will evaluate programming requests by checking to see if the requesting. The post How to Watch British TV Abroad: Buy VPN with British IP Address appeared first on proxy

Use TechSoup's Content for Free!

Tech Soup Blog

thanks to our Creative Commons license. Creative Commons is a charity that champions reduced restrictions on copyrighted work by creating licenses that make it clear how material can be used, changed, and shared. Creative Commons has devised a set of six free and easy-to-use copyright licenses. These licenses provide a plain-language, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use creative work — on conditions of the creator's choice.

Can I Use That Video on My Website?

Tech Soup Blog

Once you create a video, it is automatically copyrighted and you have full rights to it, unless stated otherwise by a sharing service. In 2011, YouTube started letting people post their videos with Creative Commons licenses. YouTube currently has just two primary copyright types: Conventional copyright, in which the creator has full rights. The standard YouTube license is restrictive. CC BY is the most permissive CC license. Let's face it.

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My remarks just made at WIPO today

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Statement of Benetech to the 20th Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights at the World Intellectual Property Organization June 23, 2010, Geneva, Switzerland • My nonprofit organization, Benetech, operates Bookshare, the largest online library for people with print disabilities, with the mission of bringing accessible books to all people with print disabilities around the world • We have roughly 100,000 members in the U.S.

Can I Use That Image for My Website or Newsletter?

Tech Soup Blog

copyright law, it is sometimes legally OK to use images you find on the web and often not. It may be useful to know that as soon as something is created, it is covered under copyright rules. Copyright Office. If an image is marked copyright-free , you can use it without permission. Copyright Fair Use Doctrine. We use Creative Commons licensing for our content on TechSoup because it promotes information sharing and innovative building upon creative works.

10NTC: Freedom for IP's Brian Rowe on Content Sharing

Tech Soup Blog

I caught Brian Rowe 's Sharing Content, Terms of Service, and Copyright Best Practices session today at this year's NTC, which was a great primer for understanding Creative Commons licensing and included information on the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) and several other topics.

Bringing Millions of Books to Billions of People: Making the Book Truly Accessible

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I believe it is a combination of copyright exceptions and business model innovations. For the content of books, this flexibility is expressed in ideas like public domain, when the copyright owned by the author or publisher ends at some point. We have an array of copyright exceptions that cover the activities of archives and libraries, especially fair use and the copyright exception that benefits people with disabilities.

The Challenges of Protecting Intellectual Property on Social Networks


Specifically, the surrendering of licenses to use nonprofits' content as each network sees fit. you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook ("IP License"). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it."

I Need a Good Lawyer

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We’re operating at the forefront of copyright limitations and exceptions, both in the United States and globally. We’re deep believers in the benefits of openness, which means we publish open source software and create open content under Creative Commons licenses. We rely on free licenses to proprietary content and software, and typically get a “Yes!” No, we’re not being sued (and we want to keep it that way).

Don't Just Post, Post a Story

Tech Soup Blog

Pay attention to copyright - stealing content is not okay, so make sure you have the proper licensing and copyright to share your post. Are you shocked to find out that uploading photos is the number one activity on Facebook, or that Pinterest is the number one growing social platform these days? Or even that Instagram currently averages 55 million posts per day? You shouldn't be. Think about the way you interact and engage with social media.

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Office clean-up Part 1 :Open-Source and the GPL

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

This is a musing on the current state of the Gnu Public License, which governs a preponderance of open-source software projects. I know a lot of people in the in the non-profit community think of Open-Source software as "free", as not requiring a license agreement. Indeed, software released as open-source is usually governed by a strict license agreement limiting, as all software licenses do, how the product may be distributed.

Remix, Reuse, or Repurpose This Blog Post! Creative Commons Teachable Moment

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

They provide tools that let everyone have a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. The Creative Commons licenses enable people to easily change their copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “ some rights reserved.” The licenses let you pick how to publish your work and grant others the right to reuse it. The license itself doesn't specifically define attribution. Remix this Powerpoint.

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Why is Google Screaming?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I really, really, really wanted to put a smile emoticon :-) in the face but damn it isn't licensed under Creative Commons By License. Update: Here's an email response I received from Amalyah who is an IP for museums expert: Munch's works are still protected by copyright, the term of which runs not. have cleared copyright permission, because I just googled and don't see anything. is that violating copyright?)

Spotted: Another Hold The Sign Meme on Flickr

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Unfortunately, most of the photos are under an "All Rights Reserved" copyright which can be a barrier to spreading them because you have to ask permission. I asked permission and also suggested they switch the license. American Rights At Work Flickr Stream. I've been collecting examples of the "hold a sign" meme in flickr and by way of Erin Stojan of RE-AMP I found this example from the American Rights at Work. The Flickr stream is here.

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Some Thinking Outloud About Open Content for Nonprofits and Penguin Day Session

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This session will define core concepts including the Creative Commons license, and then offer examples of how open content is already benefitting the nonprofit sector. Lucy Chilli's Copyright and Commons Publishing Game. I'll start the session with a very brief overview of examples ( NGO in a box - Open Publishing ) and an overview of the CC licenses. Pick tools, publishing license 3.

Amy Gahran's Advice for Finding Free To Use Flickr Photos

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I'm going to quote them here: Is the subject of the photo copyrighted? If the photo is of, say, a TV screen showing a newscast or a newspaper page showing a staff photo, then you still might be liable for copyright violation despite the terms of the CC license listed on Flickr or elsewhere. In that case, their CC license is invalid. Save or print the screen where you found the photo that shows the CC license notation.

Getting Close to a Treaty!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The latest session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) just concluded last week. This is especially a problem as the world moves to electronic books, which have license agreements (contracts, that are rarely looked at by consumers) that almost always prohibit making them accessible.

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Good Curation VS Bad Curation

Beth Kanter

” He says that copyright infringement is not theft. So, given that the presentation was published under a creative commons license, I decided to remix it and remove the troublesome words. To me this a good chart or reminder of being a good curator. The content curator’s code is a useful framework, but I wish it was as easy to use as a creative commons license.

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10NTC: Are Nonprofits the New International Correspondents?

Tech Soup Blog

The discussion wandered from writing to advocacy to curating to poetry to copyright. Photo: Roger Burks ( Elliot Harmon , CC license ). This evening, I was happy to get away from the hotel for dinner in Atlanta's historic Grant Park neighborhood. Mercy Corps' Roger Burks had organized a dinner especially for writers and editors. We ate at Six Feet Under , a delightful seafood restaurant overlooking the famous Oakland Cemetery.

How do you define Creative Commons Attribution?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Earlier this week, I wrote a post called " What happens when you set your content free using Creative Commons Licensing? " I explained why I set my own work free, provided some examples, and pointed to a new tool. The First Giving Blog has a post " Riffing On Creative Commons License ". In the comments , BethP asked a great question: How often do you come across situations where you feel like the CC license has been abused?

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Going to Davos to Redesign the Planet

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

In general, we have patents and copyrights and trade secrets as commercial objects because we as a society think that it helps bring the benefits of new creations to everyone. Universities and government labs encouraging their technology transfer offices to make social licenses of new technology. Series of TV or print articles on these social applications, or an award for the tech transfer office that made the best socially responsible licensing deal.

Lame spams of the day: More people sending me money

Robert Weiner

Copyright 2011 Online Payment Center, South House, Black Prince Road, US SE1 7SJ. international passport or driving license for identification. Even more people want to send me money. Here are a few examples: Sender: Authorize.Net ( Subject: Successful Credit Card Settlement Report. Text: Dear Customer, The following is your Credit Card settlement report for Tuesday, August 14, 2012. Transaction Volume Statistics for Settlement Batch dated 14-Aug-2012.

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Austria conference on access technology

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I spread the word that is now available to people outside the United States, albeit with only 3,000 copyrighted books today instead of 35,000, because we need to get permission from publishers and authors to share their books outside the U.S. I posted these on my Flickr site with creative commons licenses (of course I just got back from a terrific week in Austria at the International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs conference.

This Digital Marketing Process Will Make You Write Better Content

Nonprofits Source

Avoid Copyright Infringement. The best way to avoid this type of action is to ask for permission or purchase a license. In Google, you also have the option to filter out copyrighted images under the tools section. Creating your own images is a great way to grow your search traffic, build brand awareness, and protects against copyright laws. Do you have a digital marketing process in place to manage your content, social, email, and engagement activities?

IP Tidbits

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

There is a very interesting PDF floating about with a powerpoint presentation by the CEO of the RIAA about the copyright/filesharing, etc. There is a new, interesting project under Creative Commons license. It looks pretty amazing – and a great testament to what open source licensing can do for creative work. {

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