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From Wikinomics to Government 2.0

Interesting Web 2.0 article from WSJ.com:

"You don't need to have a Facebook account, or to have edited a Wikipedia entry, to understand that the Web is in another highly disruptive period. Online tools under the rubric Web 2.0 are changing how information flows, with social networks letting people communicate directly with one another. This is reversing the top-down, one-way approach to communications that began with Gutenberg, challenging everything from how bosses try to manage to how consumers make or break products with instant mass feedback.

The institution that has most resisted new ways of doing things is the biggest one of all: government. This is about to change, with public-sector bureaucracies the new target for Web innovators."  (reg. req.)  [RJ]

July 11, 2008 in Web 2.0 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video

American University’s Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic and the Center for Social Media have released a code of best practices that helps creators, online providers, copyright holders, and others interested in the making of online video interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. [Press release] The code of practices is organized around six very common situations (listed below) that come up for online video makers.

Hat tip to Alex Curtis, Public Knowledge's Policy Blog. [JH]

July 10, 2008 in Internet Law | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

AP's New Excerpt for Web Use Fee Schedule

A meeting between the AP's Vice President for Strategic Planning Jim Kennedy and Robert Cox, who heads the Media Bloggers Association, is planned for Thursday. The subject at hand is the AP's attempt to find a new way of sharing AP content, which now involves a fee per excerpt based on its word length. BetaNews reporter Tim Conneally has the details: AP sets up a toll booth for bloggers citing its stories.

The AP's quotation fee system is powered by iCopyright. As noted in our earlier post, iCopyright's Terms of Use Agreement stipulates that the license purchaser not criticize either the publisher or the author of the article being quoted! [JH]

July 9, 2008 in Blogosphere | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Google Ordered to Disclose YouTube User Data

A federal judge in New York has ordered Google to turn over to Viacom a database that links users to every video they've watched on YouTube by login name and IP address. In this NPR podcast, Jennifer Urban, director of the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic, discusses the implications this ruling has for online privacy. Additional information at Law Librarian Blog. [JH]

July 9, 2008 in Google, Internet Law, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

New Personal Injury Practitioner Blogs

South Florida Injury Lawyer Blog

Published by David J. Halberg, a personal injury Lawyer in South Florida who represents clients in cases involving injury and accidents including medical malpractice, car accidents, sexual abuse, and wrongful death.

Missouri Personal Injury Lawyer Blog

Missouri Personal Injury Lawyer is published by John J. Page, a member of the legal firm of Page & Cagle. He serves clients in cases of personal injury including car accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, and workers' compensation.

Jacksonville Injury Lawyer Blog

Covers injury and accident law in the State of Florida, including news, and recent developments. Published by Jacksonville injury lawyer Henry E. Gare.

July 8, 2008 in Lawyer Blogging | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Was Google Fiddling Around With Anti-Obama Blogger Sites?

Was Google playing games with its Blogger service to silence critics of Barack Obama? I doubt it but that was the question buzzing in the blogosphere after several anti-Obama bloggers were unable to update their Blogger-hosted sites. Read the complete International Herald Tribune story by Miguel Helft: Bloggers take aim at Google. [JH]

July 7, 2008 in Blogosphere | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack