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Two new reports on Copyright

In a recent report prepared by Merrilee Proffitt, Arnold Arcolio, and Constance Malpas of RLG Programs, “staff from eight partner institutions… share the ways in which their institutions currently obtain copyright permission to provide users with access to high-risk or special collection materials.”

RLG Programs Copyright Investigation Summary Report

The Section 108 Study Group has released their “report and recommendations on exceptions to copyright law to address how libraries, archives and museums deal with copyrighted materials in fulfilling their missions in the digital environment.”

Section 108 Study Group Executive Summary

Section 108 Study Group Full Report

Bette at 100

Stanford Theater is celebrating the career of the Divine Bette Davis with a series of her films which includes seldom seen, rare films from the UCLA Film Archive

The Bold and the Bad and the Bumpy Nights New York Times March 30, 2008

BETTE DAVIS, born 100 years ago this week, made her first appearance on film in 1931 and her last in 1989, and like every star of her generation she was always ready for her close-up. The difference with Davis — part of what makes her, I think, the greatest actress of the American cinema — was, she didn’t need it. You could tell what she was thinking and feeling from across the room, even a very large one like the ballroom she swoops into, wearing a red dress, in William Wyler’s “Jezebel” (1938), scandalizing the haut monde of 1852 New Orleans; unmarried young women like her character, Julie Marsden, are expected to wear white. But Julie wants to make an impression, and she does; and as she takes a turn on the dance floor with her stiff-backed escort, you can see, although most of the sequence is long shots, her growing awareness that she has made a terrible mistake, that she has gone, for once, too far.....

more at NYTIMES

Sunlight Foundation launched

Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit organization which develops and deploys new Internet technologies to make government information more accessible to citizens, is launching a new site called The website is a place to post bills, to allow citizens to comment on, suggest edits to the substance of the legislation and promote participation. The idea of is based on Transparency in Government Act of 2008. The site is built with Django, Python, MySQL, and Debian.

This project is not intended to be the ultimate technical solution to the challenge of drafting legislation online, but an experiment in online collaboration. By collecting legislation, summaries, resources and commentary in a single linkable location, provides a simple, blog-like framework for soliciting feedback on this legislation.

IGO/NGO custom search engine

Using the Google Custom Search Engine (CSE), a couple of colleagues and I have built:

Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) custom search engine.

It's really quite simple. Give a set of urls to the free CSE utility, google goes and builds an index of those sites and creates a search engine to search over those sites specifically. Voila you have a google search engine for more focused results of a specific subject area.

This CSE includes IGOs like the United Nations, World Bank, UN Development Program (UNDP), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), European Union, Organization of American States, the Asian Development Bank and NGOs like AARP, Earth Watch Institute, International Crisis Group, OXFAM, the World Agricultural Forum. It will enable users to research a wide range of topics such as human rights, development, environment, education, HIV/AIDS, health, women's issues etc.

This is a project of the International Documents Taskforce of the Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT), American Library Association (ALA). Stanford Library staff who worked on the project include James R. Jacobs, Barbara Celone, Tony Angiletta and Karim Arsalane. For more background on this project, including a growing list of IGOs and NGOs included in the search, please see the IDTF wiki.

Please try out the search and let us know what you think.

FCC Debates Open Internet at April 17 Stanford Hearing

Federal Communication Commission has confirmed that they will be holding a second hearing about Open Internet at Stanford University on April 17.

The Stanford hearing promises to bring consumers and producers of innovative online content together to educate the FCC about the future of video on the Internet. The field hearing is also linked to the FCC's ongoing investigation into the blocking of legal content by Comcast and other Internet service providers. At the first hearing last month at Harvard, Comcast admitted hiring seat-fillers, blocking interested citizens from attending the event.

-- source: free press

Stanford Library has recent FCC hearings under subject heading United States Federal Communications Commission.

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