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.
As the morning wears on in the office, and we all hack our way through the endless thicket of e-mails from co-workers and clients who, with increasing urgency, each observe that their project is of unimaginable importance to mankind, the first of its kind in history, and the thing that will bring ultimate enlightenment to [...]
For the last two years, we haven’t had a photography studio, due to a huge renewal / renovation project at my museum. We’ve been using all sorts of weird places as ad hoc “studios” — with varying success — but now we’ve stumbled upon the ultimate solution. Why didn’t we see this sooner? (Here. Some [...]
The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has posted an E-Book Buyer’s Guide to E-Book Privacy on their site. It summarizes the privacy-related policies of several e-readers, covering questions like “Can they monitor what you’re reading and how you’re reading it after purchase and link that information back to you?” Unsurprisingly, there are a couple of unpleasant [...]
Musematic seems the proper place to put this on the record. There’s no sense in in re-stating what’s already been stated well by Susan Chun, so I’m just going to quote her, below. The debate is available online, here. This year, the MCN conference’s closing plenary was a formal debate, featuring two teams of debaters [...]
Here’s a nice little web book explaining the Internet facts of life. “Twenty Things I Learned About Browers and the Web,” from Google’s Chrome team.
The Net-Censorship Bill is moving too smoothly through Congress. The whole story from the Washington Post, here.
From the “You’ve Got To Be Kidding, This is 2010, Isn’t It?” department: “A comic book adaptation of James Joyce’s notoriously challenging epic Ulysses is now available on the App Store, but only after Apple demanded cuts. Rob Berry and Josh Levitas launched the ambitious webcomic version of the classic novel, one of the most [...]
I was waiting for it. It was inevitable. Now it’s happened. GBS freaks (followers of the Google Books Settlement story) like me will recall that the legal challenge to Google’s galactic-size book scanning project was (originally) not so much about how Google would or could use the scanned data, but the fact that Google was [...]
Now it’s official: long copyright terms stifle creativity. If The Economist says so, it must be true: “Why the rules on copyright need to return to their roots.” Food for thought: the original term of copyright in the US was 14 years, renewable for another 14. Techdirt brings up a related idea: “Fair Use Is [...]