Note: Stephen Downes is one of
the most prolific and intuitive of the "distance learning"
gurus. His article and insights are provocative and energizing.
These links on Copyright that he has provided are inclusive and
well worth the visit.
Downes Copyright Links
of Intellectual Property Issues for Distance Learning and Online
Good overview discussing the application of copyright in a wide
variety of education related areas. Excellent list of references
and resources. By L. Heidi Primo and Teresa Lesage, July 7, 2000.
Submitted on Jan 12 2001 - 10.04
Automated copyright clearance service for online content providers
Submitted on Dec 12 2000 - 08.36
Concept of Copyright Fights for Internet Survival
Mr. Clarke and his group of programmers have deliberately set themselves
on a collision course with the world's copyright laws. They express
the hope that the clash over copyright enforcement in cyberspace
will produce a world in which all information is freely shared.
By John Markoff, New York Times, May 10, 2000.
Submitted on May 15 2000 - 08.31
Practical guide on Copyright Clearance for Multimedia Producers
Developed by Department of Canadian
Heritage Interactive Multimedia Producers Association of Canada
(IMPAC), this guide is intended to remedy, at least in part, any
lack of knowledge of copyright provisions and other applicable rules
or of associated business practices in the multimedia field.
Submitted on Apr 11 2000 - 14.54
OKs deep hyperlinking
Deep linking is not a copyright violation, judge rules. AP, March
Submitted on Mar 29 2000 - 16.14
Patents Are Changing The Rules
Useful overview of patent law with an eye to the spate of recent
technology patents. By Jason and Ted Coombs, Byte, March 13, 2000
Submitted on Mar 20 2000 - 08.37
Conversation with Jeff Bezos
Tim O'Reilly reports on his conversation with Amazon.Com's Jeff
Bezos as a follow-up to his letter on patent abuse. Jeff: We're
just going after the big guys who are going after us, the guys who
are not innovating themselves but just copying us and working to
Submitted on Mar 5 2000 - 11.55
Source, Patents and O'Reilly
(of O'Reilly Books) writes an open letter to Amazon.Com's Jeff Bezos
regarding Amazon's abuse of the patent system.
Submitted on Mar 5 2000 - 11.50
Plan Wins Patent Protection Looks like Amazon.Com has invented commission
based referrals... or it could be that the U.S. patent office has
missed the boat again. By Mo Krochmal and Jason Coombs, TechWeb,
25 February 2000.
Submitted on Feb 28 2000 - 10.29
Information and copyright resources for the online learning community.
Submitted on Feb 25 2000 - 08.34
Interesting historical view of the copyright debate. The author
have shown that the very idea of the author as owner of her words
-- and even the ideas manifested in those words as property -- is
not a natural human view but rather a relatively recent invention
of the late eighteenth century, a convenient fiction which obscures
or effaces other possibilities of writing, reading, and invention.
Submitted on Feb 10 2000 - 09.02
Unseen ";Other ";of Intellectual Property Law
debunking the myths and attacking the legalist interpretation of
copyright law, focusing on the social needs - if any - served by
copyright. By TyAnna K. Herrington, Kairos, Sprint, 1998.
Submitted on Feb 10 2000 - 08.59
This is very
interesting - a tool for making and distributing your own online
news zine or weblog. Careful though - you sign away your copyright
to them when you register.
Submitted on Feb 2 2000 - 08.46
Group Sues MP3.com
The copyright battles continue - this time the music industry tries
to stop 'beaming' - the immediate transfer of a CD once it has been
Submitted on Jan 24 2000 - 11.41
Patent Attorneys are Stealing Our Future
gets this one right - patents and copyrights on internet technology
are out of control. Anchordesk, ZDNet, January 18, 2000.
Submitted on Jan 18 2000 - 09.39
Studios Sue Web Sites for Passing DVD Copying Secrets
protection prevent you from writing software? That's the implication
if these movie studios are successful in their court action. By
Sherman Fridman, Newsbytes Special to the E-Commerce Times January
was served legal papers today regarding the legality of this webiste
(sic). We all know what freedom of speech is, right? Good. Because
this site will NOT be taken down under ANY circumstances. I don't
care if it has to move to http://dvd-copy.ru !!!!!!!!!!! Let them
serve me papers in Russia!"
Submitted on Jan 18 2000 - 08.45
Digital Object Identifier System
The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is an identification system
for intellectual property in the digital environment. Developed
by the International DOI Foundation on behalf of the publishing
industry, its goals are to provide a framework for managing intellectual
content, link customers with publishers, facilitate electronic commerce,
and enable automated copyright management.
Submitted on Dec 1 1999 - 13.31
Patent on Custom CD Process CDNOW's patent "Method and System
for Remote User Controlled Manufacturing," covers the process
of using the Internet to remotely select songs from a database,
burn them to a compact disc or other playback media, and ship them
to the customer. By Brian McWilliams, InternetNews.com, November
Submitted on Nov 17 1999 - 16.01
to Disney: Halt on 'Go'
defender of copyright finds itself called up on the carpet. By Elinor
Abreu, The Industry Standard, November 17, 1999.
Submitted on Nov 17 1999 - 15.14
sues Yahoo! claiming patent infringement
Live by the sword, die by the sword - Yahoo gets sued for patent
violation. Associated Press, San Jose Mercury News, November 12,
Submitted on Nov 12 1999 - 15.22
Patents Dynamic Page Generator
This is a bad
one - Yahoo obtains a patent for customized pages. Slashdot, November
Submitted on Nov 12 1999 - 10.45
Use vs Fould Play
The L.A. Times
and other online publications hit Free Republic - a site which posts
and comments on news articles - with a copyright violation notice.
This article examines the implications for commentary and investigative
reporting. By Mark Gimein, Salon, November 10, 1999.
Submitted on Nov 12 1999 - 10.43
Mathieu Deflem's crusade against companies which post class notes
without copyright clearance or permission.
Submitted on Nov 3 1999 - 15.12
With a Web Site and Links, a Professor Takes On Lecture-Notes Companies
Guess the spin
on this one: "Mathieu Deflem is a lone professor crusading
against a group of Internet companies that he condemns as intruders
into the private, privileged relationship between a professor and
his students." By Florence Olsen, the Chronicle of Higher Education,
October 6, 1999.
Submitted on Nov 3 1999 - 15.04
Warn Sites Posting Class Notes
Is the commercial
distribution of a student's class notes a violation of the professor's
copyright? By Carl S. Kaplan, New York Times, October 22, 1999.
Submitted on Nov 3 1999 - 11.18
An excellent and comprehensive resource on technology law, containing
over 1,800 pages on patent, copyright, trademark, and Internet legal
Submitted on Oct 30 1999 - 13.53
Selling Patents Online Here's an item which could have implications
sooner rather than later. A growing number of start-ups are creating
Web sites for the sale of intellectual property rights. By Paul
Jacobs, L.A. Times, October 25, 1999.
Submitted on Oct 25 1999 - 13.52
Sues Barnesandnoble.com For Patent Infringement
(Nasdaq: AMZN) filed a lawsuit yesterday against barnesandnoble.com,
claiming that its 1-Click technology patent has been infringed upon.
The question is - can you copyright site design? If so, I want any
site which looks like mine to pay me royalties. Yeah, right. By
Robert Conlin E-Commerce Times October 22, 1999
Submitted on Oct 23 1999 - 16.57
Tale of Two Patent Strategies
Why build anything
when you don't have to? Companies are beginning to focus on registering
patents and copyrights and waiting for the royalties to roll in.
By Bill Roberts, Electronic Business, October 1999.
Submitted on Oct 19 1999 - 10.40
Stakes in Priceline Suit
which obtained a business methods patent - is taking Microsoft to
court for violation. How ironic. By Joanna Glasner, Wired News,
October 15, 1999.
Submitted on Oct 16 1999 - 13.26
Think Before You Link More from the deep linking debate: Ticketmaster
Online-CitySearch is set to post a statement on its Web site that
argues against certain types of linking. And perhaps this link violates
copyright too! By Laura Rich, The Industry Standard, October 15,
Submitted on Oct 16 1999 - 13.20
linking: Service or stealing?
Interesting article about the politics of deep linking and database
scanning - both offshoots of the copyright and intellectual property
debate. Looks at the recent court moves made by EBay and TicketMaster.
Submitted on Oct 1 1999 - 11.16
seeks patent on set of human genes
They may be your genes - but they may be owned by a japanese company.
A biotechnology laboratory is seeking to patent a set of about 6,000
human genes, giving that country a leg up in the race to copyright
the human body. By Yomiuri Shimbun, Daily Yomuri Online, September
Submitted on Sept 29 1999 - 17.01
limit publishers' rights to free-lancers' work
a copyright case where the writers win! Publishers can't include
work by free-lance writers in their electronic databases without
the writers' permission, an appeals court ruled. San Jose mercury
News (AP), September 28, 1999.
Submitted on Sept 28 1999 - 14.53
and Distance Education
Discussion of copyright as it applies to distance education. Dated
1995, so some recent cases are missing, but still useful. University
of Idaho Engineering Outreach Program.
Submitted on Sept 26 1999 - 18.53
Y our one-stop
resource for everything about trademark law. Laws from every state
and most countries, trademarks in cyberspace, links to jorunals,
organizations, and much much more. By Gregory H. Guillot.
Submitted on Sept 24 1999 - 10.28
They Just Don't Get It Steve Outing argues that using legal action
to shut down the Dysfunctional family Circus site won't work - even
if it does violate copyright. F and P Interactive, September 22,
Submitted on Sept 22 1999 - 12.36
IE5 XML not entirely pure, and what's this patent?
Don't you just
get tired of this? Seems like Microsoft is now claiming to have
invented XML, making exaggerated claims for Internet Explorer 5,
adding 'Microsoft Only' tags, and slapping a copyright on the whole
Submitted on Sept 20 1999 - 15.51
Patent and Trademark Office
which handles copyright issues for patents and trademarks. So far
behind the times that as of this writing they are, and I quote,
not yet equipped to handle general email correspondence.
Submitted on Sept 14 1999 - 11.15
Patent Challenged Copyright spat.
claims to have patented the idea of letting customers set their
own prices for air travel 16 months before Priceline received its
own patent. By Brian Alcorn, Wired News, 4 February 1999.
Submitted on Sept 14 1999 - 11.11
Overloads US Patent Agency Copyright mayhem.
The U.S. Ptent office is unable to keep up with the myriad, and
possibly conflicting, net patents and trademarks. By Jennifer Sullivan,
Wired News, 4 May 1999.
Submitted on Sept 14 1999 - 11.07
Nothing? More from the abuse of copyright department: DoubleClick
patents the banner ad. By Chris Oakes, Wired news, September 13,
Submitted on Sept 14 1999 - 10.57
Concern Gets Patent for Electronic Business Model
From the abuse
of copyright department: The company, Priceline.com L.L.C. of Stamford,
best known for allowing consumers to "name your own price"
for airline tickets, said it would be issued United States patent
No. 5,794,207 for both the method and the use of "buyer-driven
commerce" from the Patent and Trademark Office. NY Times article
by Peter H. Lewis, August 10, 1998.
Submitted on Sept 9 1999 - 11.04
Committee on Distance Education & Intellectual Property Issues
American Association of University
Professors. Report on distance learning and copyright issues. Draft
outlines on distance learning and copyright issues.
Submitted on Sept 2 1999 - 11.18
Big Myths about copyright explained
An attempt to answer common myths about copyright seen on the net
and cover issues related to copyright and USENET/Internet publication.
By Brad Templeton
Submitted on Aug 12 1999 - 21.29
You a Copyright Criminal?
Writers, designers, artists and copyright owners are becoming more
aggressive, using new tactics and technologies to enforce their
rights. By Dave Zielinski for presentations.com
Submitted on Aug 12 1999 - 21.26
Downes is well known, respected and admired within the distance
learning community and beyond. Currently, he is at the University
of Alberta, Academic Technologies for Learning and the Institute
for Professional Development. He may be reached via email: stephen.downes
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