All posts tagged: digitisation

Silicon Republic, an article regarding Radical Copyright Law Reform in Ireland.

Silicon Republic article regarding ‘Radical Copyright Law Reform’  in Ireland. This morning (09/05/2011) Silicon Republic reported on a radical overhaul  of Ireland’s Copyright Law, this is interesting given that most discussions in this area have been limited in recent times to the three strikes and  you’re out nexus of anti-innovation. I am adding here the current link to the SR reportage, and a couple of links which focus on originators of work and their options in publication . In this case, mostly my focus is on poetry and poetics, as that is what this blog is  about. Poets have been innovating in this area for quite a period of time and have produced documents on fair-use , creative commons and best practices in  digitisation and social-media. I consider the issue of copyright (and especially of artist-led discussion in this area) to be of the utmost importance, therefore I have added a permanent link to the Poetry Foundation website onto my landing-page. This page shows at the top of all posts and articles, along with three others which …

The Electronic Frontier Foundation: ‘Digitial Books and Your Rights’.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) have been lobbying and releasing for quite a period on the Google Book Settlement (GBS). I have carried their links on a number of sites regarding the oft-neglected issue of Consumer data privacy in relation to the GBS.Today, so, I am carrying a link to their latest information and to their site, for those who are interested in the issue of privacy and digitisation. Here’s the Checklist (in brief, full version at link): 1). Does your ebook/service tool/etc protect your privacy? 2).Does it tell you what it is doing? 3).What happens to additions of books you buy, (commentaries/annotations/highlights)? 4).Do you own your book or just rent or licence it? 5).Is it censorship-resistant? Number 5 interests me mostly, having experienced some degree of censorship myself, thus a simple enough question? : We live in an era where Defamation laws (UK/Ireland) are preponderant, (Blasphemy in Ireland), if a book or licenced edition eBook were to fall foul of these laws, has our government the right to stymie /trace/track our reading ? It may seem a silly question …

The Google Book Settlement and the European Commission.

I refer in short to the Google Book Settlement as the GBS throughout this series of posts, the links for which I will include at the base of this short piece. Yesterday there was a meeting of the European Commission (07/09/09) re the GBS which yielded what Irish Media refer to as concessions to European authors and publishing houses. How Big of Google to recognise that the GBS is an irritant encompassing: i). Breach of copyright. ii).No robust data privacy rules and the use of deposit library relationships to advance the GBS above the heads of authors. The Telegraph referred to the meeting as out for European authors and betwixt the two lies a truth. The manipulation of the Berne Convention to subvert intellectual property rights law in an era wherein governments  (such as In China) can proscribe forms and words that they disprove of incl. the utilisation of search engine terms (such as in the Green Dam youth filtering software) would point to Google vying for a market dominance without the requisite ethical approach to Freedom of Information and data privacy. if you …