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Based on initial results with Ford Fiesta, Chiquita, Xbox, Salvation Army, United Way of Southeastern Michigan, Moosejaw, and Kabam, Are You a Human-- a Detroit start up that specializes in game-based verification systems -- has broadly launched PlayThru a verification ad unit that allows marketers to deliver a brand message while users play a quick game to prove they are, well, human. PlayThru can replace CAPTCHA, a series of distorted characters traditionally used by websites.
Posted Oct 29, 2013
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a not-for-profit organization creating global licensing and content solutions for copyright, announced key findings from Outsell's 2013 study on Enterprise Information Access, Consumption and Use. According to the data, 48% of executives believe it's acceptable to share information as long as it's not used for commercial purposes, and 45% believe digital or print paid information is fine to share.
Posted Jul 22, 2013
In light of Edward Snowden's recent disclosure that the NSA is keeping tabs on our every electronic move, it's hard not to think about privacy (or the lack thereof). While I often try to ignore it, sometimes it feels like science fiction movies (starring Tom Cruise...of course) about the watchful eye of the government are slowly becoming reality. That's when I begin worrying about the fabric of society. Shouldn't we all be worried about our privacy (especially if Tom Cruise isn't going to fix this problem)? Not surprisingly though, some of us worry more than others.
Posted Jul 04, 2013
A collaboration between different parts of the global creative industry, under the umbrella of the Linked Content Coalition (LCC), has resulted in the creation of a technical Framework to make it possible to manage and access online rights information across all types of media and content.
Posted Apr 08, 2013
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced that Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Microbial Biotechnology have joined the Wiley Open Access publishing program. All articles from these two journals are now open access and free to view, download, and share.
Posted Feb 19, 2013
Effective immediately De Gruyter and Versita will be publishing all Open Access content under the uniform application of Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND. This means that publications may be copied, disseminated, and otherwise made public with a few conditions.
Posted Feb 14, 2013
Insight Enterprises, Inc. -- a global technology provider of hardware, software, and service solutions -- announced the expansion of its InsightCloud Solutions Center, with the addition of Cloud Business Provisioning, powered by dinCloud.
Posted Feb 12, 2013
Talis announced the launch of its new software service -- Talis Aspire Digitised Content. Developed with the collaboration of university library partners, The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), and using data supplied via the OCLC xISBN service, the new software service will help universities and colleges in the United Kingdom manage complex digitization workflows, and help ensure they are compliant with copyright legislation.
Posted Jan 15, 2013
In 2007, Wiley acquired Blackwell Publishing, growing its Scientific, Technical, Medical, and Scholarly (STMS) content to more than 1,500 journals, 9,000-plus books, reference works, and databases offered in print and electronically. This content is invaluable to the world's research and scholarly communities, and granting permission for reuse of this information posed a great challenge for Wiley's rights and permissions team. Following the merger, Wiley was suddenly receiving hundreds of permissions requests each day, with no efficient way to provide prompt turnaround. Its former manual email-based procedure would not suffice, and Blackwell's semi-automated method was also not satisfactory. Customers and employees alike were frustrated, and Wiley knew that it needed a solution that would please everyone and streamline the process.
Posted Nov 07, 2012
If you were in Europe on Friday and found that you couldn't access your Facebook account, you may have Anonymous to blame. Twitter users Portugal, Sweden, Ireland, and Norway reported Facebook outages. Subsequently, a Twitter account associated with the hacking group claimed responsibility, according to CBS News.
Posted Oct 15, 2012
Users looking to remove embarrassing or unwanted pictures from Facebook had more thana few complaints because if a picture was deleted from Facebook, it could still be seen by anyone with the original URL.
Posted Aug 20, 2012
Tor/Forge Books, a Macmillan imprint, announced in April that it would remove DRM (digital rights management) from its books. Many readers and authors were ecstatic. They believe that DRM is too restrictive and hinders end users from using/storing/sharing/enjoying ebooks in perfectly legal ways. Naysayers were sure that removing DRM was like handing over the keys to the store to digital pirates and that sales would plummet.
Posted Aug 16, 2012
The Federal Trade Commission claims that Facebook deceived developers over security ratings due to a lacking review and verification process, according to ZDNet. The investigation by the FTC found that Facebook did not take the proper steps to review applications the company was supposed to review which could have led to dangerous software getting promoted on Facebook.
Posted Aug 14, 2012
Experience Media Studios announced a new service called Piracy Protection to support the independent film and content publishing industry from piracy. The company says that with Piracy Protection, EMS can anticipate, detect, target, disrupt, and remove access on the channels where piracy occurs.
Posted Aug 07, 2012
iCopyright, a clearinghouse service and provider of licensing for digital content, announced the company has been granted a US patent on its instant copyright licensing and verification system. With this invention, it will allow users to instantly verify that someone using copyrighted material has the proper license to do so, while also enabling users to obtain their own license to use the work directly from the copied work.
Posted Jul 19, 2012
Content Security means different things to different organizations. For enterprises, it's often about confidentiality and legal concerns. For the media and publishers, it's about making sure content - or intellectual property - isn't stolen or illegally reproduced. When digital files or text can be transferred with the click of a button, or posted on a new site with a simple copy and paste, age old concerns about copyright go into overdrive. Content security has come a long way since the first days of Napster, when college kids started trading music files like baseball cards.
Posted Jun 18, 2012
Lately, it seems that every other article about ebooks is news about a new lawsuit. Ebooks have a series of legal ramifications inherent to the format, problems that did not exist (or did but to a far lesser degree) in other book formats. Collusion, piracy, and who owns the right to publish what are just a few of the legal boondoggles that ebook publishers and authors are currently facing.
Posted Jun 12, 2012
Cloud-based security company, Digital Defense, has announced a new high impact security awareness program called SecurED, which the company believes will reduce the risk of security breaches within organizations. Digital Defense will be using the SecurED program to create more awareness and educate companies of security gaps involved with data protection.
Posted Jun 11, 2012
Building off of a lawsuit by nine different authors that began developing in early January, Apple is now facing legal action from 22 Chinese writers. The writers claim that Apple has been selling unauthorized copies of their works through the App Store.
Posted Mar 19, 2012
The High Court of England and Wales has determined that filesharing site The Pirate Bay violates copyright laws on a large scale. Justice Richard Arnold said the site's operators "induce, incite or persuade its users to commit infringements. ..."
Posted Feb 21, 2012
In wake of Apple's admission that mobile iOS apps have had access to users' contact data without permission, Google announced it's impossible for apps on an Android phone to share personal data with a developer unless users acquiesce.
Posted Feb 16, 2012
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) launched the OnCopyright Education Certificate Program. The program is comprised of industry-specific courses that are geared towards a number of different user communities and their respective challenges in managing copyright.
Posted Feb 13, 2012
Twenty-nine major news and information companies have signed on as initial investors and participants in NewsRight, an independent digital rights and content licensing organization led by former ABC News President David Westin. NewsRight aims to support original news reporting by facilitating the use of published news content and data analytics with the permission of publishers.
Posted Jan 05, 2012
Wiley-Blackwell announced its participation in CrossRef's CrossMark service, which aims to clarify among different versions of scholarly articles being discovered by readers online. The service standardizes the way readers can identify and locate the most up-to-date version of the content.
Posted Nov 30, 2011
The recent proposal of the Commercial Felony Streaming Act, and the uproar over the potential it holds to send artists like Justin Bieber to jail for copyright violation, has put the subject of intellectual property and copyright on the front page. The following is an excerpt from a chapter in the book, Dancing with Digital Natives: Staying in Step with the Generation That's Transforming the Way Business is Done. The full chapter is titled: "Ethics, Technology, and the Net Generation: Rethinking Intellectual Property Law" and is written by Albert M. Erisman. The book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers in e-book and print format.
Posted Oct 27, 2011