Publishing Perspectives: Authors Guild and Society of Authors Allege Copyright Infringement by the Internet Archive

Publishing Perspectives: Authors Guild and Society of Authors Allege Copyright Infringement by the Internet Archive. “In the same kind of solidarity they showed in calling for author contract reform from publishers, the United States’ Authors Guild and the United Kingdom’s Society of Authors are making simultaneous demands that the Internet Archive’s Open Library immediately stop lending scanned copies of physical books on their site.”

Internet Archive Blog: A Public Peek into 1923

Internet Archive Blog: A Public Peek into 1923. “Commercial radio broadcasting began in the 1920s, bringing entertainment, news and music into people’s homes. Now, instead of needing to play a 78rpm disc on your phonograph, you could just tune in to listen to popular songs. And in 1923 that means you would have been listening to one of the many versions of ‘Yes! We Have No Bananas’ written by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn.”

Fast Company: The frantic, unprecedented race to save 700,000 NSFW Tumblrs for posterity

Fast Company: The frantic, unprecedented race to save 700,000 NSFW Tumblrs for posterity. “GeoCities, Vine, Friendster–communities live, thrive, and often die on the net. But the two-week timeframe in which content will disappear from Tumblr is unprecedented, says Jason Scott. He cofounded Archive Team, a volunteer project running software that scarfs copies of endangered websites for posterity. They are now scrambling to preserve an estimated 700,000 Tumblr blogs that are expected to partly or entirely disappear due to a new, broadly defined ban on ‘adult content’ announced on December 3. “

Gizmodo: When the Internet Archive Forgets

Gizmodo: When the Internet Archive Forgets. “On the internet, there are certain institutions we have come to rely on daily to keep truth from becoming nebulous or elastic. Not necessarily in the way that something stupid like Verrit aspired to, but at least in confirming that you aren’t losing your mind, that an old post or article you remember reading did, in fact, actually exist. It can be as fleeting as using Google Cache to grab a quickly deleted tweet, but it can also be as involved as doing a deep dive of a now-dead site’s archive via the Wayback Machine. But what happens when an archive becomes less reliable, and arguably has legitimate reasons to bow to pressure and remove controversial archived material?”

The Free Music Archive is Shutting Down

The Free Music Archive is shutting down. From the blog post: “We regret to inform you that due to a funding shortage, the FMA will be closing down later this month. The future of the archive is uncertain, but we have done everything we can to ensure that our files will not disappear from the web forever.”

Internet Archive: The Music Modernization Act is now law which means some pre-1972 music goes public

Internet Archive: The Music Modernization Act is now law which means some pre-1972 music goes public. “One portion of the MMA makes older sound recordings published before 1972 more available to the public. It expands an obscure provision of the library exception to US Copyright Law, Section 108(h), to apply to all pre-72 recordings. Unfortunately 108(h) is notoriously hard to implement. But, as we understand it, the MMA means that libraries can make some of these older recordings freely available to the public as long as we do a reasonable search to determine that they are not commercially available.”