Quartz: A new website makes it easy to license cartoons for your slideshows. “Bob Mankoff is on a mission to build the ‘Amazon for cartoons.’ With a new venture Cartoon Collections, the 74-year-old longtime New Yorker cartoon editor wants create a one-stop shop for anyone looking for a jolt of graphic humor. The online image bank features works by more than 70 cartoonists whose work have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy Magazine, and National Lampoon.” I don’t often cover ecommerce/licensing type sites, but I love the sliding scale for the licensing costs.
San Francisco Chronicle: New California app tells patients when doctors are disciplined. “The Medical Board of California has created an app to alert patients about changes in their doctors’ licenses. Users can select up to 16 doctors, and the app will notify them about address changes, status expiration dates and disciplinary documentation. It will say when a doctor has been put on probation or his or her license has been suspended or revoked.”
Evrensel Daily: Turkish Parliament approved new law to regulate online broadcasting. “According to the new legislation, all broadcasters that want to provide radio, television, and other types of broadcasting services on the internet will have to obtain a licence from RTÜK, while broadcasters on other platforms will also require a transmission authorisation from RTÜK for their internet broadcasts. Previously, RTÜK licensing and regulation was necessary only for conventional radio and television broadcasters.”
StateScoop: Maryland ‘OneStop’ portal gathers hundreds of licenses in one location. “With an eye on making state government run more efficiently, the State of Maryland has announced a modern online portal to host information about all license and permits available in the state — more than 300 in total. The portal, now in beta, is called Maryland OneStop and provides a single location for users seeking all types of licenses from across the state government’s many agencies and departments.”
Mashable: Facebook signs first-ever music deal with a record label. “Facebook is getting more musical. In what’s been quite the long-time coming for the social network, Facebook has signed its first-ever deal for music rights with a record label. Universal Music Group and Facebook agreed on a multi-year deal that lets Facebook host content with the label’s licensed music across its network, including the main app, Instagram, and Oculus. That could include Facebook and Instagram videos made by users with the music in the background. “
Tribune Democrat: SFU database tracks occupational licensing. “The Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation at St. Francis University launched a national database on Thursday that will document and track the occupational licensing regulations of thousands of professions across the nation. The database, which is free and now open to the public, has collected regulatory information that effects multiple medical professionals including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, massage therapists and physical therapists, among many others.”
The state of Massachusetts has launched a new search engine for educator licensure. “The Department frequently receives inquiries about individuals’ licensure status. In creating the public lookup, ESE is both making that information easier for the public to find and joining the majority of states nationally that already offer such a tool. The Department’s public lookup tool provides information about the current status of licenses that educators hold. All information on the site is a matter of public record, and ESE consulted with teachers’ unions, principals’ associations, the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents and the Massachusetts Association of School Personnel Administrators when developing the tool.”