News You Need to Start 2012

by | Jan 2, 2012 | 0 comments

GoDaddy opposes SOPA; Open Access annual reviews; ALA Awards extended; National Science Board calls for comments; and the US Copyright office reports on pre-1972 sound recordings.

GoDaddy bows to boycott, now ‘opposes’ SOPA copyright bill

C-Net’s Declan McCullagh reports that in response to a boycott by online activists angered by its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act, “GoDaddy, the domain register… has finally denounced the legislation”

Warren Adelman, the company’s chief executive, said that ” GoDaddy opposes SOPA because the legislation has not fulfilled its basic requirement to build a consensus among stake-holders in the technology and Internet communities. Our company regrets the loss of any of our customers, who remain our highest priority, and we hope to repair those relationships and win back their business over time.”   GoDaddy also opposes the Senate version known as the Protect IP Act.

The Open Access Movement 2011 (Statistics, Charts, and Commentary)

An INFOdocket post notes two end of the year reports on the status of Open Access.  The main focus is on  OA advocate Heather Morrison “roundup of year-end open access publishing statistics on her The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics weblog.”  But the post also points to a link that Ms. Morrison provides in her report to Peter Suber’s SPARC Open Access Newsletter which includes a ten year historic perspective as well a look back on 2011.

ALA awards deadline extended

“The deadline has been extended to Feb. 1 for a number of American Library Association (ALA) awards and grants, including the ALA Information Today Library of the Future Award, Beta Phi Mu Award, Melvil Dewey Award, Equality Award,  Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award, Ken Haycock Award For Promoting Librarianship and the Scholastic Library Publishing Award.”

The National Science Board is calling for comments with a January 10, 2012 deadline on a report issued in mid December from their Task Force on Data Policies titled “Digital Research Data Sharing and Management”.  (Picked up by Clifford Lynch at Coalition for Networked Information from an announcement by the NSF.)

U.S. Copyright Office Approves Fix for Sound Recordings

“The United States Copyright Office has recommended that pre-1972 sound recordings should be protected by federal copyright law in its Report on Federal Copyright Protection for Pre-1972 Sound Recordings.  Currently, these older sound recordings are protected by state laws under which copyright exceptions such as library and archival preservation and fair use are uncertain.  This uncertainty leads to caution on the part of music librarians and archivists to actively preserve sound recordings— some in fragile or obsolete formats and extremely rare.”



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