Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Report - Video at Risk: Strategies for Preserving Commercial Video Collections in Libraries

VHS Heaven...or Hell.This 26-page report - "Video at Risk: Strategies for Preserving Commercial Video Collections in Libraries" - may be of interest to you.  What's it about? Quoting the report: (text below from NYU web site)
For Research Library collections across the continent, physical degradation of the media housing valuable, unique, and out–of–print video material looms immanent. Across the board, there is a pressing need to reframe principles and practices in situations where risk is defined by scarcity, and reformatting by legal and practical processes is not yet illuminated by common or best practices.

This Mellon Foundation–funded collaborative study brings together New York University's Division of Libraries with the Moving Image Archiving & Preservation program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and the circulating media collections of the University of California Berkeley and Loyola University (New Orleans) to collaboratively address these challenges.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Article: Saving At-Risk Audiovisual Materials

2"  24 track audio tapeYes, digitization is mentioned.

Friday, March 03, 2017

U.K. Guiidance Concerning Orphan Works

The United Kingdom proves a way for orphan works to be used.  Perhaps this is a model for other countries?

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Feb. 2016 Webinar: Library copyright statutes around the world

A year ago, Dr. Kenneth Crews conducted a webinar on  "Library copyright statutes around the world." The webinar attracted participants from 28 countries for this EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) event.  Information on the webinar is available here.  While the video recording of the event is no longer available, there webinar slides are available here (pdf). The slides do a nice job conveying what Crews was talking about. 


Crews' webinar was based on the WIPO study on copyright limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives (revised in 2015), which he authored. The 2015 report "consolidates information from the 2008 and 2014 studies, adds substantial new information and updated statutes, expands the coverage of statutory topics, and reexamines nearly every detail.  For the first time, this report gathers and analyzes law related to copyright exceptions from all 188 countries that are current members of WIPO." (from its Executive Summary)
 

Monday, February 27, 2017

ALAI Country of Origin Report (2012)

In 2012, the  Country of Origin Study Group of the International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI) released its report.  The report is titled "Determination of Country of Origin When a Work is First Publicly Disclosed Over the Internet." Rather than considering the Internet connection or server where the work is stored on (and location of that piece of hardware), is there a way to connect the work with a specific country based on the author?  The Study Group provided recommendations in its eight-page report to do just that.  Those recommendations are:
  • If the work has multiple co-authors, the country of origin will be one co-author’s country of  nationality, as designated by the co-authors 
  • In the absence of such a designation, the country of origin will be that of the nationality of a majority of the known authors at the time of the work’s creation
  • If none of the authors is known, but a person or entity has assembled and made the work available, that person shall be deemed to represent the authors under Berne art. 15(3), and the country of that person’s nationality or seat shall be the country of origin
  • In the case of a work created by multiple authors, particularly one to which multiple authors contribute successively, and in the absence of a collective designation of a country of origin, then even if some or all of the contributors are known,the person or entity who has assembled and made the work available may, for purposes of interpretation of Berne art. 5(4), be deemed the author of the work as a whole -without prejudice to the authorship of individual contributions, if separately identifiable - and the country of that person’s nationality or seat shall be deemed the country of origin.
This is an important and fascinating topic, so you might want to read the entire report.