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View Resource US Copyright Office Search Copyright Records: Registrations and Documents

The Copyright Office started pilot testing in mid-2001 a new user interface designed for first-time or occasional users of their three databases: registered works, serials, and documents. Their Telnet system LOCIS will still be available, but this site should help novices search for copyrights more effectively. Online information includes works registered since 1978, and records and index terms...
View Resource CyberBee

Designed and created by Linda Joseph, a library media specialist who works with the Columbus, Ohio public school district, CyberBee is a site dedicated to helping young people learn about using the web for research and assisting teachers with the process of using web-based materials in classroom instruction. One nice feature of the site is the Primary Source of the Month, where users can view a...
View Resource Groklaw: Understanding Open Source Software

Mark Webbink, Red Hat's general counsel, wrote this article for attorneys wanting to know the basic issues regarding free and open source software. Aside from listing best practices for law offices, he provides a general overview of various open source licenses, explains US copyright law, defines derivative works, and touches on the indemnification issue and the difference between open source and...
View Resource Ongoing Lawsuit Pits University Mascot Versus Italian Television Character

If pressed, most people would have a difficult time drawing immediate connections between the caves and pleasant surroundings of south-central Kentucky and the sometimes chaotic world of Italian television. As of late, there is now a rather compelling connection between the two in the form of the Western Kentucky University mascot, Big Red, and a popular Italian television character, Gabibbo. The...
View Resource World Intellectual Property Organization

As with many forms of international governance, it is difficult to understand the complex lattice-like structure that protects intellectual property across the globe. Headquartered in Geneva, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is responsible for administering 23 international treaties that deal with various aspects of intellectual property protection. For those who may be less...
View Resource After a bit of controversy, the Associated Press begins a dialogue with bloggers about posting articles and other materials on weblogs

Drudge Retort Highlights 'Fair Use' Uncertainties Here's Our New Policy in A.P. Stories: They're Banned Drudge Retort Media Bloggers Association The Fair Use Network...