Head of Image Resources & Copyright Management for the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Chair, MCN Intellectual Property SIG. Holds degrees in Fine Art and Art History. Has worked in a museum for way too many years. Is not a lawyer. Is not sure how she got into this copyright business, nor how to get out of it, but finds it fascinating and safer than windsurfing.
It had to happen: the app as social protest tool. “Armchair activists now have a tool that can transport their SOPA protestations into the real world: Boycott SOPA, an Android app that scans barcodes and tells you whether an object’s manufacturer/publisher is a supporter of the much maligned Stop Online Piracy Act. …You could even [...]
From the always-worth-reading Nicolas Carr (author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains), an interesting view on the “appification” of media. “Not only has the net left its Wild West days; it’s entered the era of the gated suburban subdivision. As part of this trend, the open, html-based website is being [...]
Just in case anyone ever needs this, or a little entertaining reading on a weekend afternoon: a rather cool searchable database of U.S. court cases dealing with popular music (including copyright cases, of course). Each case is introduced with a plain-English and sometimes lighthearted summary. This isn’t your usual legal site. Even the name says [...]
Yes, there is such a thing as works that entered the Public Domain but subsequently had their copyright restored. I won’t try to explain, I’ll let Edward Lee do the excellent job he does of that in the article here. The interesting part is that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear this case (Golan [...]
Andrew Ainsworth, the industrial designer who designed and made the original stormtrooper helmets for “Star Wars” — and is selling copies (apparently from the original molds) for rather amazing sums — is being charged with copyright infringement by George Lucas. The case has now reached the Supreme Court in the UK. This should be an [...]
Google has replaced God as the Source of All Things, so naturally it gets blamed a lot. Nicolas Carr has made a fascinating and revealing analysis of Google recipe search results , and it is deeply scary. If Google algorithms can affect the way a nation eats, not just how it does its homework, that’s [...]
Last week my son and I* visited a Cool New Place in Tel Aviv. It’s a restaurant called The Dining Hall (rough translation). It’s done up like a traditional kibbutz communal dining hall, but the food is urban gourmet. I was more than intrigued by the idea that the kibbutz is now so passe that [...]
Just because it might brighten your day: A 12-YEAR-OLD EXPLAINS THE INFORMATION AGE’S FACTS OF LIFE TO HER MOTHER (From the indispensibly wonderful McSweeneys.)
The Finnish Library Association is celebrating its 100th birthday. It’s got a great little clip on YouTube — spare, lean, clean and refreshing as Finnish design always seems to be — that just gets straight to the heart of the matter. Enjoy.
A nice little item from Techdirt quoting Francis Ford Coppola quoting Balzac — on quoting. Or copying, to be precise. I once found a little excerpt from Balzac. He speaks about a young writer who stole some of his prose. The thing that almost made me weep, he said, “I was so happy when this [...]