Things that caught my eye this week

Spent most of today goofing off on the computer and following various NYC Hurricane Irene live updates. I mean – cleaning. Yeah, that’s it. Cleaning (Also? Live updating blogs? Could y’all get together and make a decision to either update from the bottom or the top?).

Anywhoodle, here are some things on teh internetz that I found interesting this week:

These privacy bills generally fall into three distinct areas: comprehensive online privacy protection, geolocation and mobile devices, and data security and breach notification. If enacted, many of the bills have implications for data collection, storage, and use that could affect higher education and campus IT operations and academic research.

It’d be cool if they did a 50-state survey, too.

  • JD Supra, Legal News: Follow JD Supra’s Social Media Law Feeds. JD Supra has all kinds of interesting alerts regarding social media law. They have several different ways to follow their information, and this is a handy-dandy table listing all of those ways. Not only can you choose which kind of social media tool you use (LinkedIn, Twitter, RSS feeds, etc.), but they have their feeds organized by topic, too, so you can just sign up for the subjects you’re interested in. This sounds like a cheesy promo, but it’s totally not.
  • Supreme Court Haiku. Because who doesn’t love Haiku? Or the Supreme Court? If you don’t like either of them, together they cancel each other out.

Minnesota Born
Fortas failure opened door
Chief for his whole term

Warren E. Burger Haiku

Ah, copyright.

Don’t confuse fair use with the open-source movement or Creative Commons.The open-access movement works to expand the amount of material available on either a copyright-free or a copyright-light basis, such as a Creative Commons license. The impulse to share scholarly research more freely is an admirable impulse for any creator who wants to do so. Fair use, however, focuses on a different issue—specifically, when new creators and researchers want to use work that its creators do not want to give away. It permits unauthorized use of material that is normally closely guarded.

(Emphasis added). As a friend of mine explained, “Fair use is a defense to a claim of copyright violation.”

Hope your weekend is looking good, and that hurricane damage is minimal.

I’ll leave you with an eerily lovely shot of the Grand Central Terminal taken today as it was closed. Photo by Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Marjorie Anders.

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Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, which gave the photo a Creative Commons license allowing me to use the photo as long as I “attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse [me] or [my] use of the work.”

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