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.”

Public Domain Review: 5.2 Million Book Illustrations Deleted from Flickr — Help Get Them Back

Public Domain Review: 5.2 Million Book Illustrations Deleted from Flickr — Help Get Them Back. “Imagine a corner of the internet, free to all, where you could search, browse, and download from an archive of more than 5 million illustrations extracted from public domain books? And more than that, improve metadata by tagging and commenting, and contribute to findability by favouriting and saving images to your own publicly-accessible galleries? This very special space was the Internet Archive Book Images account on Flickr: The Commons. I write was because a couple of weeks ago it was deleted.”

NiemanLab: After 25 years, Brewster Kahle and the Internet Archive are still working to democratize knowledge

NiemanLab: After 25 years, Brewster Kahle and the Internet Archive are still working to democratize knowledge . “In 1996, Kahle founded the Internet Archive, which stands alongside Wikipedia as one of the great not-for-profit knowledge-enhancing creations of modern digital technology. You may know it best for the Wayback Machine, its now quarter-century-old tool for deriving some sort of permanent record from the inherently transient medium of the web. (It’s collected 668 billion web pages so far.) But its ambitions extend far beyond that, creating a free-to-all library of 38 million books and documents, 14 million audio recordings, 7 million videos, and more.”

Internet Archive: New Project Will Unlock Access to Government Publications on Microfiche

Internet Archive: New Project Will Unlock Access to Government Publications on Microfiche. “Government documents from microfiche are coming to archive.org based on the combined efforts of the Internet Archive, Stanford University Libraries, and other library partners. The resulting files will be available for free public access to enable new analysis and access techniques.”

‘Help us’: The National Library’s unsolvable dilemma (Stuff New Zealand)

Stuff New Zealand: ‘Help us’: The National Library’s unsolvable dilemma. “Rachel Esson has run out of ideas. ‘We’ve tried book fairs. We’ve tried donating.’ After plans to ship 600,000 rarely-used books overseas were halted after months of pushback from the book sector, the National Librarian has a plea to save the books from the pulping machine: ‘We really don’t want to recycle them… help us.’ Esson will not waver​ on her view that the books from the Overseas Published Collection will be officially removed from the library – she just doesn’t know what to do with them after that.”

ARRL: Amateur Radio Digital Communications Grants Continue

ARRL: Amateur Radio Digital Communications Grants Continue. “Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) has continued its largesse, funding a variety of projects through individual grants. Among the latest is a nearly $900,000 award that will permit the Internet Archive to build the Digital Library of Amateur Radio and Communications (DLARC), ‘an online, open-access resource that preserves the vital resources — past, present, and future — that document the history of amateur radio and communications,’ as the project proposal explained.”

Imagining a Better Online World: Exploring the Decentralized Web (Internet Archive Blog)

Internet Archive Blog: Imagining a Better Online World: Exploring the Decentralized Web. “The World Wide Web started with so much promise: to connect people across any distance, to allow anyone to become a publisher, and to democratize access to knowledge. However, today the Web seems to be failing us. It’s not private, secure, or unifying. The internet has, in large part, ended up centralizing access and power in the hands of a few dominant platforms. What if we could build something better—what some are calling Web 3.0 or the decentralized web?”

Found on Reddit: The 13th Edition of Encyclopedia Britannica just entered the public domain!

Found on Reddit: The 13th Edition of Encyclopedia Britannica just entered the public domain! I uploaded it to Archive.org.. “Three new volumes published in 1926 replaced the 12th edition as a supplement to the 11th edition. The new volumes, together with the reprinted 11th edition, constituted the 13th edition. The new volumes were numbered 29 to 31, the 29th volume of the 11th edition becoming the 32nd volume of the 13th edition.”

Internet Archive: Three Ways to Celebrate the Public Domain in 2022

Internet Archive: Three Ways to Celebrate the Public Domain in 2022. “Due to the recently enacted Music Modernization Act in the U.S., approximately 400,000 sound recordings from the pre-1923 era will join the public domain for the first time in our history. That’s why this year our theme is a Celebration of Sound. Join us for a virtual party on January 20, 2022 at 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern time with a keynote from Senator Ron Wyden, champion of the Music Modernization Act and a host of musical acts, dancers, historians, librarians, academics, activists and other leaders from the Open world!”

Internet Archive: The Internet Archive’s Community Webs Program Welcomes 60+ New Members from the US, Canada and Internationally

Internet Archive Blog: The Internet Archive’s Community Webs Program Welcomes 60+ New Members from the US, Canada and Internationally. “Community Webs, the Internet Archive’s community history web and digital archiving program, is welcoming over 60 new members from across the US, Canada, and internationally. This new cohort is the first expansion of the Community Webs program outside of the United States and we are thrilled to be supporting the development of diverse, community-based web collections on an international scale.”

Stuff New Zealand: International concern about Internet Archive-National Library deal

Stuff New Zealand: International concern about Internet Archive-National Library deal. “An international group of authors including Sir Philip Pullman are concerned about the National Library’s partnership with the Internet Archive. ‘To find that a great national library like that of New Zealand is collaborating in a scheme to break the cherished copyright laws and give our work away for nothing is profoundly shocking,’ said Pullman, the president of the United Kingdom Society of Authors, in a recent letter sent to the library.”