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Oggetto: [SCHOLCOMM] December 7 CopyTalk: Where oh where is the public
Data: Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:36:17 +0000
Mittente: Yuan Li
Apologies for cross-posting
Join us for the next CopyTalk on Thursday, December 7.
We have another cool CopyTalk planned for December 7th! Mark your
calendars for 2pm Eastern/11:00am Pacific time for our one-hour session
on the public domain.
We often assume that older works are in the public domain, but how can
we know for sure? Peter Hirtle, the author of the frequently cited
resource, "Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States
<https://copyright.cornell.edu/publicdomain>", will provide an overview
of the public domain: what it is, how works rise into it, what is
copyright renewal, and some of the common mistakes he has made when
trying to determine the public domain status of a work.
Peter Hirtle is an Affiliate Fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet
and Society at Harvard University. Until his retirement from Cornell in
2015, he served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Cornell University
Library with a special mandate to address intellectual property issues.
He is an archivist by training with an MA in History from Johns Hopkins
and an MLS with a concentration in archival science from the University
of Maryland. Hirtle is a Fellow and Past President of the Society of
American Archivists and is a member of its Working Group on Intellectual
Property. He was a member of the Copyright Office's Section 108 Study
Group and a contributing author to the LibraryLaw.com blog.
Day/Time: Thursday, December 7th at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific for our
hour long free webinar. Go to
and sign in as a guest. You're in!
This program is brought to you by OITP's copyright education subcommittee.
Scholarly Communications Librarian
YL7 (at) princeton.edu
Please accept my apologies if you are receiving this a number of times
today. We have sent it out to multiple mailing lists in order to reach as
many community members as possible.
It's coming close to time for annual appointments of community members to
serve on the Ombudsman commission (OC). This commission works on all
Wikimedia projects to investigate complaints about violations of the
between the complaining party and the individual whose work is being
investigated. They may also assist the General Counsel, the Executive
Director or the Board of Trustees in investigations of these issues. For
more on their duties and roles, see http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki
This is a call for community members interested in volunteering for
appointment to this commission. Volunteers serving in this role should be
experienced Wikimedians, active on any project, who have previously used
the CheckUser tool OR who have the technical ability to understand the
CheckUser tool and the willingness to learn it. They are expected to be
able to engage neutrally in investigating these concerns and to know when
to recuse when other roles and relationships may cause conflict.
Commissioners are required to identify to the Wikimedia Foundation and must
be willing to comply with the appropriate Wikimedia Foundation board
policies (such as the access to non-public data policy and the privacy
policy). This is a position that requires a high degree of discretion
If you are interested in serving on this commission, please write me an
email off-list to detail your experience on the projects, your thoughts on
the commission and what you hope to bring to the role. The commission
consists of nine members; all applications are appreciated and will be
carefully considered. The deadline for applications is end of day on *18
Please feel free to pass this invitation along to any users who you think
may be qualified and interested.
On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Support & Safety team
In a bit more than an hour - at 18:00 UTC - the IRC office hour about
Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons will start in the IRC channel
#wikimedia-office. We plan to give many updates about the project, and
of course there is also room for questions. The log will be published
Hope to see you there! Sandra
Community Liaison for Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons, Wikimedia
Cross posting from the UK list, as I know there are many Commoners
interested in "sweat of the brow" type claims by national collections
in the UK, even if not resident in the UK.
Some may wish to join in on the Twitter discussion :-)
Volunteers interested in GLAM may be interested to read the letter to
The Times today from an extensive list of highly respected academics
and museum directors, lobbying against arbitrary image fees charged by
UK national museums and their doubtful claims of copyright.
Quote: "Fees are also charged despite the fact that the artworks in
question are not only publicly owned, but out of copyright (that is,
made by artists who died more than 70 years ago). Museums claim they
create a new copyright when making a faithful reproduction of a 2D
artwork by photography or scanning, but it is doubtful that the law
supports this. Museums' rules for using images are confusing and
inconsistent, and do not raise meaningful funds once costs are taken
Copyfraud used by GLAMs has been discussed within the Wikimedia
community many times in many forums. This letter may be a useful model
for the UK chapter to follow and to have a stronger public position
on. The potential of GLAM projects using WMF funding may take the
requirement correctly to license public domain images as public
domain, as an ethical precursor for any GLAM partnership to be
1. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Fae/Museum_fees Letter text
and summary article for research purposes
Bendor Grosvenor's article "Museum image fees - a call to arms"
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyfraud Definition of copyfraud