District Dispatch – “Written by Janice Pilch, Association of Research Libraries visiting program officer on international copyright and LCA international copyright advocate, the five issue briefs address key international legal and policy issues affecting libraries and the public. The papers outline strategic areas in which LCA is working to voice the concerns of the library community in the international arena, to promote copyright laws that provide the broadest possible use of information for creativity, research and education, and to advance fair and equitable access to information.”
EFF – “The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL.net), and other international copyright experts joined together today to launch Copyright Watch — a public website created to centralize resources on national copyright laws.”
Toronto Star – “Writer, blogger and lifelong rabblerouser Cory Doctorow champions the sharing of intellectual property…[and]…will have mixed feelings when the news reaches him that employees of the Toronto Public Library system will not be on strike this week.”
Telegraph – “Group is working to persuade music and video companies to cash in rather than clamp down when their content is uploaded”
AP – “Google Inc. faces a new controversy in China after a Web site run by the Communist Party’s main newspaper accused the U.S. search giant of trying to keep Internet users away following its reports on a copyright dispute.”
Guardian – “Plans to force internet service providers (ISPs) to disconnect suspected illegal downloaders have been roundly rejected in a new YouGov poll, the first time public opinion has been tested on the issue.”
EFF – “As we reported in June, ASCAP believes that when your cell phone’s musical ringtone sounds in a public place, you’re infringing copyright. A federal court yesterday firmly rejected that argument, ruling that “when a ringtone plays on a cellular telephone, even when that occurs in public, the user is exempt from copyright liability, and [the cellular carrier] is not liable either secondarily or directly.”
Publishers Weekly – “In what Fair Use advocates this week hailed as a vindication for the rights of scholars to use copyrighted materials for critical works, the literary estate of James Joyce has agreed to pay $240,000 in legal fees to settle a copyright lawsuit sparked by what attorneys called “threats and intimidation” by Stephen James Joyce, in his efforts to deter author Carol Shloss from quoting Joyce family documents or works in her book and in a subsequent Web-based supplement.
More on the Scribd Copyright lawsuit.
NYTimes.com – “Until the judge makes her final ruling, Mr. Salingerâ€™s fans will be spared the prospect of encountering Holden Caulfield, the ultimate alienated teenager, as a lonely old codger who escapes from a retirement home and his beloved younger sister, Phoebe, as a drug addict sinking into dementia.”