An Audio-Visual Roundup

  • The debate over New York Public Libraries’ relocation of its print materials and redesign plans continues. Please have a listen to this piece by NPR’s Margot Adler which covers both the background to the project and the ongoing simmer of criticism. (The piece is an impressive 6 minutes and 52 seconds long — NPR listeners sure care about their library-related news!)
  • While the litigation (and weirdly enough settlement effort) between Google and the Authors Guild over the Google Books project drags on in the US with no end in sight, Google has managed to come to a settlement with French publishers. Have a quick (54 seconds) listen here.
  • An idea by the name of Defensive Patent License has been making the rounds for the past year or so. Recently, Twitter made quite a splash for adopting a variant of the Defense Patent License policy when it announced its Innovators’ Patent Agreement. Both the thing that happened last year and the application of a few months ago are new to me, so I’m now quite excitedly babbling about them. Do you think this will do for patents what Creative Commons did for copyrights? Of course, the money generated by patents dwarfs that by copyright, so this is a much more complicated, high-stakes endeavor. Nonetheless, I’m happy to see this initiative being launched. Below the brain powers behind the Defense Patent License explain their idea.

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