I have now been a non-resident fellow at CIS since 2004. My work currently looks at copyright duration in a comparative and international context, and with the help of my brilliant students at Tulane, we are building a software tool --the Durationator -- to make usable the past once more. We hope to have it complete and available for use sometime in the Fall 2008.
I've been a CIS non-resident fellow (or now faculty afflilaite) now for a decade, beginning in 2004. I love being associated with CIS, and many of my closest friends have come from my connections with CIS. Whereever we've moved--Tuscon, London, Seattle, or New Orleans, CIS has always been a constant. When I was on the job market in 2006, I felt part of a crowd that year that included David Olsen and David Levine, as well as others connected to Stanford. CIS is an anchor. Read more about New Year's Resolution: Be better at blogging
January 1 is Public Domain Day--the day when new works around the world come into the public domain. Some countries, the term of copyright is life of the author + seventy years, and in others it remains life of the author + fifty (in a very simplified version -- the students working on the Durationator software can attest to how complicated the term of a copyright can really be--we at Tulane Law School are working on a web-based tool that will help users determine the copyright status of a given work (book, photo, film, etc.) for use in the U.S. Read more about Happy Public Domain Day - January 1, 2009 - new additions to unpublished public domain in the U.S.
We made a simple program...
There's been a good deal of posts about Google's XLM file of copyright renewal records, mainly of books. See http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/8412 and http://www.boingboing.net/2008/06/24/copyright-renewal-re.html for two examples. Read more about A Simple tool relating to " Google Book Search Adds Copyright Renewal Data"
Just a quick post to say that I will be guest blogging at Terra Nova this month. I, along with my 2L research assistant, Rachel Goda, will be discussing our current project in Second Life, where we take 100 first year property law students into Second Life to see what comparisons they can find to modern property with virtual property. Read more about Guest Blogging at Terra Nova
So, thanks to the Librarian of Congress, film professors and media studies professors can now make a compilation of film clips for class without breaking the law. But ONLY film professors and media studies professors.
From the Copyright Office’s website: Read more about We All Now Wish We Were Film or Media Studies Professors