The Hill: Authors slam publishers’ lawsuit against ‘Open Library,’ push for new e-book policies. “Hundreds of authors signed a letter slamming major publishing companies’ lawsuit against a free digital library, and urged publishers to update their policies to allow libraries to purchase copies of e-books.”
Internet Archive Blog: Internet Archive Opposes Publishers in Federal Lawsuit. “On Friday, September 2, we filed a brief in opposition to the four publishers that sued Internet Archive in June 2020: Hachette Book Group, Harper Collins Publishers, John Wiley & Sons, and Penguin Random House. This is the second of three briefs from us that will help the Court decide the case.”
Internet Archive Blog: Launching Legal Literacies for Text Data Mining – Cross Border (LLTDM-X) . “NEH funding for the project, entitled Legal Literacies for Text Data Mining – Cross Border (LLTDM-X), will support research and analysis that addresses law and policy issues faced by U.S. digital humanities practitioners whose text data mining research and practice intersects with foreign-held or licensed content, or involves international research collaborations.”
Internet Archive: New additions to the Internet Archive for July 2022. “Many items are added to the Internet Archive’s collections every month, by us and by our patrons. Here’s a round up of some of the new media you might want to check out. Logging in might be required to borrow certain items.” Far more new content than I can summarize too.
Genealogy’s Star: Using the Internet Archive for Serious Genealogical Research. “You may have noticed that I am doing a lot more videos than blog posts. This video shows how the fantastic Internet Archive… can be used for serious genealogical research.” The video is auto-captioned only, but the audio is good enough that the auto-captioning is pretty precise.
I’ve known Kay Savetz for ages. I did not know about the TIARA script. Internet Archive blog: “Have you played Atari today?”. “In 2021 I created a script called TIARA — The Internet Archive Research Assistant — which searches Internet Archive every day for newly uploaded items that match my selected words and phrases.”
PublishersWeekly: Publishers, Internet Archive File Dueling Summary Judgment Motions in Scan Suit. “The battle lines have now been drawn in a potentially landmark lawsuit over the scanning and lending of books.”
Creative Commons: CC Supports Internet Archive’s Efforts to Ensure Public Access to Books. “At CC, we believe libraries — and cultural heritage institutions in general — should be empowered to serve as a meaningful access point for publicly funded collections. Free and open access to knowledge stimulates creativity, is essential for research and learning, and constitutes a bedrock principle of free and democratic societies.”
Internet Archive Blog: We Can Rebuild It: Using the Internet Archive to Discover Original Order. “One of the things archivists get excited about is the importance of ‘original order’. This is the idea that the arrangement of records by their creator has significance to our understanding of the records themselves. Wherever possible, archivists will try to determine the original order of materials in their care. An item received at the Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County in 2015 presented something of a puzzle in this respect.”
Internet Archive Blog: New additions to the Internet Archive for May 2022. “Many items are added to the Internet Archive’s collections every month, by us and by our patrons. Here’s a round up of some of the new media you might want to check out. Logging in might be required to borrow certain items.”
Internet Archive Blog: Music Library Association Opens Publications at Internet Archive. “The new collection of backlist titles includes information on careers in music librarianship and history of the field. It also covers planning and building music library collections, which can be complicated and involve individual creators and small publishers, said Kathleen DeLaurenti, who helped lead the partnership with the Internet Archive in her role as MLA’s first open access editor. There are also valuable materials on music library approaches to technical services—everything from how to preserve music materials to how to bind and catalog them.”
5th Circuit Raises Bar for Introducing Historical Snapshots of Websites Into Evidence | National Law Journal (Law.com)
Law.com: 5th Circuit Raises Bar for Introducing Historical Snapshots of Websites Into Evidence | National Law Journal. “In Weinhoffer v. Davie Shoring, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit addressed the novel issue of when district courts can properly take judicial notice of contract terms evidenced only by a ‘snapshot’ of a web page from a web archive such as the Internet Archive’s ‘Wayback Machine.’ The case, decided in January, arose from an online auction conducted in connection with a bankruptcy liquidation proceeding.”