“Passers-by may begin to hear the gentle plinking of ukulele strings from the Highland Park Public Library. Beginning this month, library cardholders can check out the petite string instruments that commonly evoke Hawaiian beach bonfires and crashing waves. Patrons 8 and older can borrow the instrument and accompanying training materials for a couple of weeks, no lei or experience necessary.” (via Chicago Tribune)
Out-Law – “The compensation that music artists and film producers are due when their copyrighted material is made temporarily available to the public should not be exclusively based on set fees, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has said. Organisations that loan or rent copyrighted material available to the public should have to pay compensation based on the harm it does to rightsholders, the ECJ said. It said compensation levels should be determined by the number of copyrighted works organisations make available and the number of people who can access them. “The higher the number of protected works made available by a public lending establishment, the greater will be the prejudice to copyright,” the ECJ said in a ruling.