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August 31 2012

Kulturelles Erbe unter Verschluss

Filmarchive und andere Gedächtniseinrichtungen können viele Werke nicht zugänglich machen – die rechtliche Lage behindert nicht nur ihre Arbeit, sondern schadet auch de

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June 02 2010

"YouTube Is UsTube": Creators Step in to Defend YouTube | Electronic Frontier Foundation | Commentary by Corynne McSherry | EFF 20100531


Plenty of folks, from copyright lawyers to Internet entrepreneurs to investment bankers, have been watching the long-running legal battle between Viacom and Google/YouTube carefully, well aware that a decision in the case could have a profound effect on the future of the Internet. But most YouTube users probably haven't given it the same attention. They should, and in an amicus brief filed in support of YouTube last week, a group of YouTube video creators explains why. Calling themselves "The Sideshow Coalition" (because Viacom has called their interests a "sideshow"), these creators tell their own personal stories of how YouTube has helped them find a broader audience than they had ever imagined they could reach, with all kinds of unexpected effects. A few examples from the brief:


* Barnett Zitron, who created "Why Tuesday," a political video blog focused increasing voter turnout that has helped register over half a million college students to vote.

* Mehdi Saharkhiz, who created a YouTube channel to spread awareness about government human rights abuses in Iran and frequently posts videos from contacts in Iran who record the videos on their cell phones.

* Phillip de Vellis, who created and uploaded to YouTube a video supporting President Obama’s candidacy, hoping it would be viewed by a few thousand people. "Instead, millions viewed it and the San Francisco Chronicle described it as 'a watershed moment in 21st century media and political advertising.'"

* Arin Crumley, who could not get conventional financing for a film he wanted to make, and decided instead to self-produce it and post it to YouTube. The first full length movie ever uploaded to the site, it was viewed more than a million times, and then the Independent Film Channel picked it up.

* Dane Boedigheimer, who wanted to be a filmmaker since he was 12 years old and would spend hours each day with his parents’ 8mm camera. "In the conventional media, it would have taken years before he might even have a chance to direct films. However, with YouTube, Boedigheimer was able to create a series called 'Really Annoying Orange' whose episodes have been viewed 130 million times."


These creators praise YouTube for removing the gatekeeper between them and their audiences. “We can now be our own television and cable stations and our own record labels and record stores. We suspect that the threat that truly concerns Plaintiffs is not copyright infringement but just competition.” Unlike most of the parties and amici who have filed in this case (including EFF), these friends of the court don't focus on the legal doctrines at stake in this case. Instead, they remind us why these legal issues matter, i.e., what's really at stake in a case that tries to hold intermediaries liable for what users post online:

"It is pretty clear that on a scale of incentives to censor, the billion dollars that Plaintiffs seek in this lawsuit rates pretty high. If YouTube is made responsible for everything that we say, then naturally YouTube will want to exercise control over what we say. No online service would risk enabling the universe of users to speak in their own words if it faced liability for anything that anyone said. Therefore, we ask that as the Court decides this case, it consider not just the interests of those who appear in the caption, but also our interests as creative professionals and the interests of the hundreds of millions of people who have viewed our work. We are not a sideshow. We are what YouTube is all about and what this lawsuit should be about."

Just so.

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May 15 2010

Russia releases secret papers on Katyn massacre signed by Stalin | Times Online - Toni Halpin - 20100429

[...] Top-secret documents detailing the Soviet leadership’s decision to murder 22,000 Polish officers at Katyn during the Second World War were released to the Russian public yesterday on the orders of President Medvedev.

In an unprecedented step, the Russian State Archive published official papers showing that Joseph Stalin approved the massacre proposed by his secret police henchman Lavrenti Beria. Other prominent members of the Soviet Politburo also signed off on the slaughter.

Mr Medvedev, on a state visit to Denmark, said that he had ordered the release of the material because “we owe it to the world”.

He told reporters: “We must learn the lesson of history. Let people see it, let them know who made the decision to kill the Polish officers. It’s all there in the documents. All signatures are there, all the faces are known.” [...]

May 03 2010

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Calisphere - A World of Digital Resources - University of California - Digital Archive

   
About Calisphere

Calisphere is the University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 150,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history. Calisphere's content has been selected from the libraries and museums of the UC campuses, and from a variety of cultural heritage organizations across California. See the list of contributing institutions.

Calisphere is a public service project of the California Digital Library (CDL). Through the use of technology and innovation, the CDL supports the assembly and creative use of scholarship for the UC libraries and the communities they serve. Learn more about the CDL. [...]

April 19 2010

La Bibliothèque du Congrès archive les tweets

La Bibliothèque du Congrès a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’elle avait acquis les archives de Twitter. Les milliards de tweets postés publiquement depuis le lancement du site de microblogue en 2006 deviendront accessibles à la postérité. L’objectif de la Bibliothèque est de conserver des «traces» d’un certain vécu collectif, dans le but de mieux définir dans le futur, le contexte d’une époque et d’un endroit donné. Actuellement, la Bibliothèque affirme détenir plus de 167 To de données numériques.

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