Internet Archive: Official EU Agencies Falsely Report More Than 550 Archive.org URLs as Terrorist Content

Internet Archive: Official EU Agencies Falsely Report More Than 550 Archive.org URLs as Terrorist Content. “The European Parliament is set to vote on legislation that would require websites that host user-generated content to take down material reported as terrorist content within one hour. We have some examples of current notices sent to the Internet Archive that we think illustrate very well why this requirement would be harmful to the free sharing of information and freedom of speech that the European Union pledges to safeguard.”

TechCrunch: The Internet Archive has uploaded 450,000 songs collected before Myspace’s massive data loss

TechCrunch: The Internet Archive has uploaded 450,000 songs collected before Myspace’s massive data loss. “Called the MySpace Music Dragon Hoard, the collection contains 450,000 songs. While this is just a small percentage of the tracks reportedly lost (according to estimates, up to 53 million songs from 14 million artists were deleted), it contains early work from now-famous artists including Donald Glover and Katy Perry, as Twitter user @pinkpushpop discovered.”

Internet Archive: Google Plus (or Minus) and the Ephemerality of Community

Internet Archive: Google Plus (or Minus) and the Ephemerality of Community. “When a seismic event like this happens in the online world, especially involving one of the ‘Tech Giants’, there’s a lot of e-Ink spilled about the money involved, the comparison of markets and post-mortems of performance. However, only a sliver of that coverage tends to mention the social and cultural costs involved. In fact, to hear it often stated, also-ran social networks are almost like the embarrassing outfit you wore in school or a bad hair day – something we all experienced, but don’t want to talk about.”

Engadget: Internet Archive races to preserve public Google+ posts

Engadget: Internet Archive races to preserve public Google+ posts. “Just because Google+ is shutting down on April 2nd doesn’t mean your years of social posts will be lost in the void. The ArchiveTeam recently started caching public Google+ content to make it available on the Internet Archive after the fateful day. This won’t include content that was deleted or made private before the archival process began, and might not include all comments or full-resolution media. Still, this will ensure that you have some way of reliving moments years down the road.”

Internet Archive: After 50 Years, Riley Shepard’s “Encyclopedia of Folk Music” is Finally Available

Internet Archive: After 50 Years, Riley Shepard’s “Encyclopedia of Folk Music” is Finally Available. “On my 54th birthday, 10 years after my father’s death, I took my copy of The Encyclopedia to Internet Archives and gave it to Jeff and Brewster. It’s hard to put into words the closure this gave me, knowing that at least after all the twists, turns and broken promises, Dad’s early copy will be online for people to use at no cost. I was told by Jeff Kaplan that he’d already found an obscure song in The Encyclopedia and performed it with his duo. I wish I could have been there to hear it!”

Internet Archive: Queer.Archive.Work 2, 1923 Internet Archive Edition

Internet Archive: Queer.Archive.Work 2, 1923 Internet Archive Edition. “I’m really grateful to the Internet Archive for inviting me to help shape their effort to present newly available material in the public domain. During my residency here, for the last 3 weeks, I’ve been searching archive.org for forgotten material — in particular, evidence of African-American culture, Native American culture, early LGBTQ voices, and other artifacts from 1923 that in the past would have been forgotten or actively left out of celebrations of open access culture. If something seemed to be missing, I tried to find it elsewhere and upload it to archive.org. ”

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.”