Bibliographic Indeterminacy and the Scale of Problems and Opportunities of “Rights” in Digital Collection Building

Bibliographic Indeterminacy
and the Scale of Problems and Opportunities of “Rights” in Digital Collection

by John P. Wilkin

February 2011


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An open letter to J.R. Salamanca

[The work in
question (The Lost Country, by J.R. Salamanca) appeared on a Hathi Trust
listing of orphaned works that were scheduled to be made available to the
public. The Author’s Guild, which is suing the Hathi Trust, determined that the
author was still very much alive and available, and did not want his work
freely distributed.]


[From the
[Kevin Smith is Duke University’s Scholarly Communications
Officer]: Your “case,” if I can call it that,
illustrates two things.  First, that the process of identifying orphan
works in the Hathi corpus needs to be tested and refined, which Hathi is
committed to doing.  Second, in the rare instance like yours where the
process actually turns up an author who does still own copyright, the rational
course for that author is to embrace the mission of Hathi and of libraries
everywhere of connecting books with readers, and to exercise their right to
make their book(s) fully viewable.  Please believe me, that is a much
better option than having a book live out its term of copyright on
hard-to-access shelves in high-density storage.]


open letter to J.R. Salamanca

By Kevin Smith, J.D. On September 16, 2011


The Hathi Trust IS Our National Digital Library

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Roy Tennant:

But for my money, the Hathi Trust
is the closest thing we have to a National Digital Library, and it’s fairly
close from a variety of perspectives:

  • It
    has the goods.
    There are now well over 7 million volumes (and over
    4 million book titles) in the Hathi Trust collection. And it continues to grow.
  • It
    has the vision.
    See the Hathi Trust mission and goals.
  • It
    has the technical chops
    . See this.
  • It’s
    working on the governance.
    In a recent press release,
    a “constitutional convention” was announced for 2011 at which the members “will
    define HathiTrust’s next phase of governance and shape future directions for
    the partnership.”


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U-M Library statement on the Orphan Works Project

Library statement on the Orphan Works Project

September 16th, 2011

The close and welcome scrutiny of the list of potential orphan works has
revealed a number of errors, some of them serious. This tells us that our pilot
process is flawed.

Having learned from our mistakes—we are, after all, an educational
institution—we have already begun an examination of our procedures to identify
the gaps that allowed volumes that are evidently not orphan works to be added
to the list. Once we create a more robust, transparent, and fully documented
process, we will proceed with the work, because we remain as certain as ever
that our proposed uses of orphan works are lawful and important to the future
of scholarship and the libraries that support it.

It was always our belief that we would be more likely to succeed with the
cooperation and assistance of authors and publishers. This turns out to be
correct. The widespread dissemination of the list has had the intended effect:
rights holders have been identified, which is in fact the project’s primary
goal. And as a result of the design of our process, our mistakes have not
resulted in the exposure of even one page of in-copyright material.


Russia’s new Silicon Valley (with partners Cisco, Nokia, MIT)

The Next Russian Revolution

Outside Moscow, the Kremlin is laying plans to turn a forlorn
patch of farmland into a new Silicon Valley, and Russia into a major
technological power. Cisco, Nokia, and MIT are eager partners. Russia’s people,
by and large, are less enthusiastic. A report on Russia’s peculiar version of
capitalism today, as that country gathers itself for its next leap forward.

By Chrystia Freeland

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Unmanned spaceship launched by CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin LLC suffered a major failure

[An unmanned spaceship launched by CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin LLC suffered a major failure when the ground crew lost contact and control of the vehicle after liftoff during a test flight.]

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos suffers setback with failed spaceship

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