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Library of Congress Passes New Exemption to Copyright Law

On October 28th, the Library of Congress passed a new exemption to copyright law, which allows consumers to jailbreak their tablets, computers, automobile software, and Blu-ray devices without fear of having legal action brought against them. This exemption an upgrade to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Section 1201), which is designed to protect against the theft of intellectual property, and it renews and expands protections for fair use. Request for the exemption comes in reaction to a law that forbids users from breaking Digital Rights Management (DRM), as users often have to circumvent DRM to make full use of their devices. DRM is, “a term referring to various access control technologies that are used to restrict the usage of proprietary software, hardware, or content. DRM includes technologies that control the use, modification, and distribution of copyrighted works, as well as systems within devices that enforce these policies.” (source)

Proponents of DRM argue that it is necessary to prevent intellectual property from being duplicated, helps copyright holders maintain artistic control, and ensures continued revenue streams. Conversely, opponents to DRM argue that there is no evidence that it helps prevent copyright infringement, serves only to inconvenience customers, and helps big business stifle innovation and competition. The exemptions will go into effect in 2016 and are up for review and approval again in 3 years. (Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4)

SelectedWorks is Getting an Upgrade

 SelectedWorks, the faculty webpage builder from Bepress, is receiving an upgrade very soon! Digital Publishing ServicesScreen Shot 2015-11-20 at 11.29.16 AM will be trained and updated on the exciting new features.  In the meantime, have a look at Providence College’s present SelectedWorks site.

Stay tuned!

#ReCollectingRI: The Dorr Letters


What does the past mean to you?  What comes to your mind when you think of Rhode Island history?  These questions are at the heart of the #ReCollectingRI project, an effort of the Rhode Island Historical Society to engage all Rhode Islanders with our … [Continue reading]

Guest Post: Russell Franks on Infrared Photography


This is a guest post by Russell Franks, Librarian for Special and Archival Collections at Providence College.  Our eyes are truly a wonderful part of our being. As a window on the world, our eyes are capable of distinguishing as much as 10 … [Continue reading]

Commons Digital Publishing Services Specialist (Open Position)


The Phillips Memorial Library, Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island is seeking applicants for a Commons Digital Publishing Services Specialist. Reporting to the Digital Publishing Services Coordinator, the Commons Digital Publishing Services … [Continue reading]

Rolling Stone Magazine Archive Available Now via Google Play

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In January of this year, Rolling Stone Magazine released a vast digital archive of their content to the public for free. In collaboration with Google Play, the archive begins with their 1967 launch and spans five decades. Every issue ever published … [Continue reading]

DPS goes to Islandora Camp!

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Digital Publishing Services will be traveling to Hartford, CT next week to attend Islandora Camp! Islandora is a digital asset management system that combines a Fedora back end and a Drupal front end.  DPS is thrilled to begin using Islandora to … [Continue reading]

U.S. Department of Education to Hire Open Education Adviser

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Open educational resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, and research resources that are freely available for re-use (and often remixing).  OERs come in a variety of formats including course materials or modules, textbooks, videos, assessment tools, … [Continue reading]

Cultural Institutions Embrace Crowdsourcing

A recent post on the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Blog, The Signal by Mike Ashenfelder takes a look at crowdsourcing's value to library and cultural heritage digital projects. Citizen volunteers can participate in activities such as … [Continue reading]

The Happy Birthday song is now, finally, public domain

A legal battle spanning two world wars, 8 track to mp3 players is finally over. Warner/Chappel's lucrative ($2 million a year!) copyright ownership claim is struck down in court. Warner/Chappel will no longer be able to charge royalties to … [Continue reading]

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