Month: April 2011

Accessibility, E-Book Readers, and Copyright Issues for Colleges and Universities

 I’ll be at Innovate 2011 on Wednesday, April 27, talking about Accessibility, E-Book Readers, and Copyright Issues for Colleges and Universities with Ken Petri.   We’ll be on from 3:00-3:50 p.m.

Recent legal disputes over copyright and accessibility for e-books have highlighted the tensions in these two areas of law.  At the same time, accessible e-book formats and reader capabilities are developing rapidly.  Learn about conflicts between the rights of copyright holders and the rights of disabled students, accessibility features in popular e-book formats, and trends and compromises for the future.

YouTube Changes Its Copyright Policy

YouTube has changed its copyright policy.  It has kept its “three strikes and you’re out” rule for copyright violations, but they may soften the policy when the infringer has a subsequent history of good behavior, has completed a quiz on copyright, and has watched YouTube’s copyright education video.

The video is troubling, particularly because the main character is a pirate with a hook for a right hand and a skull and crossbones hat.  In addition, the video portrays fair use as a complicated and ominous doctrine which almost crushes the main character beneath its weight.