Compensation, Access, and Theft: Copyright in the 21st Century

Saturday, April 9th, 4:15pm
Judson Memorial Church (across from Washington Sq Park)
NYC Anarchist Book Fair

**AUDIO FROM THE EVENT (thanks to Dan V.)

Autonomedia publisher Jim Fleming
Craig O'Hara, co-founder of PM Press and the Tabling Tornados
Karl Fogel from Question Copyright
Radical Reference librarian Aliqae Geraci
Victoria Law, author of Resistance Behind Bars

Moderated by Melissa Morrone.

History Is A Weapon- help them keep Howard Zinn's book up on their site!

The amazing online resource History is as Weapon (and you can find other resources on the reference shelf) is having a problem with the

Copy/Right(?): A Saturday Symposium

I thought Rad Reffies may be interested in this event:

ASIST @ Pratt is proud to present Copy/Right(?):
A Saturday Symposium
, slated to take place on Saturday, May 1,
2010 at 1:00 PM in Room 609 at
the Pratt Manhattan Campus (144 West 14th Street on the
6th floor).
All are welcome; attendees not affiliated with Pratt must RSVP
to by Thursday, April
29 in order to gain security clearance.

Copyright on 1925 work


According to the American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy copyright slider, a work published between 1923-1977 without a © notice is in the public domain, which means you do not need permission.
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QUESTION: copyright

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I am working on reproducing some literature I am pretty sure only had one printing run in 1925. It is an epic poem by an anarchist author, and I am not selling any of the reproductions, just distributing them for a wider readership. How can I find out if it is under any copyright restrictions right now, and does the fact that I am an art student doing this for a school project help at all?

Max Planck Institute page on open access to visual media

The Max Plank Institute for the History of Science has posted a page of "Recommendations Concerning the Free Use of Visual Media for Scholarly Purposes", which includes links to a great deal of related information, including their recommendations for best practices.

Question Copyright informational meeting

Shinjoung and I are on the board of Question Copyright, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose goal is to "promote public understanding of the history and effects of c



Per Laura Quilter, Esq., fair use attorney and librarian:

"The answer is that it is very fact-dependent, and I can't assess it just from the facts given -- e.g., 'part of an organization.'

"The TEACH Act (17 USC 108) protects use of materials in online teaching, but it's quite cabined in by various restrictions. If that explicit statutory exemption doesn't work, then it goes to fair use (17 USC 107), and of course that will depend on the various factors.

"The 'safest' course in a short-term sense is to provide only the citations. However, it is not necessarily the 'safest' course in terms of thinking about librarians' responsibilities to fully use legal rights on behalf of our patrons. The practical middle course is to password-protect the materials, which prevents unauthorized access by would-be infringers and by would-be infringement investigators."

Feel free to contact Laura directly (via the email address provided on her site or via Fb).

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QUESTION: Copyright & Fair Use

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Greetings radical librarians: I am part of an organization developing an online syllabus for study groups we hope to be launching in 2009. We hope to be using articles from academic journals (and most likely obtained from J-STOR and Project Muse). Since we're posting this syllabus online, are there any issues of copyright that we should be worried about?

My gut feeling is that since we're not conducting these study groups with any kind of fee$, that we're in the realm of fair use, but i'd like a more informed opinion than my gut. Help me out, please!



Your question has two aspects, which may not be as related as you think, but I will try to address them both.

First, as to the history of the R. Long & R.R. Smith company: the following information was gathered by drawing on the expertise of the EXLIBRIS-L email discussion group. An index of Publishers' Trade List Annual contains this entry: "Long, Ray, & R.R. Smith, Inc., NY, 1932; Long & Smith, Richard R., Religion Publications. See Harper & Bros., 1934; see Julian Messner, Inc., 1935-1945." This would indicate that the company was transferred to Messner. Subsequently, "Julian Messner Co. became a division of Simon & Schuster in 1977; presumably all of their copyrights became the property of S&S at that time."

However, the work in question appears to have been first self-published as " pictures" in 1933: see this WorldCat entry - which lists publication info as: [White Plains, N.Y., Hugo Gellert, ©1933] A search in the library catalogs of the two institutions listed (Yale and NYU) did not find that edition. But this information makes it clear that the copyright was registered to Gellert, not the publishers.

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