In today's IHE article on the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Aid Committee's survey of higher education regarding regulation, the conclusion suggests that higher education may perceive the burden of regulation to be greater than it actually is. Maybe so, I am not an expert on the whole thing. But I do know something about the last decade's file sharing debacle. My experience based on that example makes me skeptical. The Higher Education Opportunity Act's peer to peer file sharing provisions are discriminatory toward higher education.
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September 29, 2011
September 27, 2011
In The New York Times today, there is an article about Paulo Coelho, author of among other works, the best-selling novel, The Alchemist.
September 19, 2011
Last week I gave an invited talk on copyright at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. Before I left Ithaca on Wednesday, news of the suit by the Author’s Guild against Hathiway Trust and a number of universities, including Cornell, made higher education journals. I read with interest, of course, and included mention of this suit in the talk that I gave on Thursday. This morning, in my father’s ancestral home of Gaeta, I read about the developments regarding Orphan Works. Now is the time for higher education to lead copyright reform.
September 14, 2011
[This blog entry is the last of the three devoted to reflections on the Patriot Act, ten years later, an excerpt of a longer article about the Internet, entitled:"What Manner of Salutation Be This? Social Dimensions of the Internet," which I am writing for a book on Cyber-Crime edited by Sam McQuade at the Rochester Institute of Technology.]
September 13, 2011
[This blog post is the second in a third on the Patriot Act article extract.]
September 9, 2011
[This section below follows an introduction to the overarching subject of privacy as a matter of law, social norms and culture in the United States. It is the first of the three posts on the USA-Patriot Act extracted from a longer article. Note that this section raises the question of whether the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 should be amended for its failure to map Internet technology to Fourth Amendment jurisprudence.]
September 8, 2011
September 7, 2011
The cool, rainy front that has moved into our area signals the end of summer! Transition times are here, and I have one to announce to you. The Institute for Computer Policy and Law, which for the last 10 (of its 16) years has been in collaboration with EDUCAUSE, is going it alone and with a new direction. This year the title of our program is: ICPL: Internet Culture and the Academy
August 28, 2011
I confess: I am a (tempered) Wendy Wasserstein fan. I downloaded the new biography of her within minutes of reading the review. The title is completely off, IMHO, but it is a good read. Why do I care? As a junior in college (1980), my drinking buddy and I were in the student commons (drinking age being 18 in those days, I was 20) when we saw an auditions sign up sheet for a play I had never heard of: Uncommon Women and Others. Being the feminists we fancied ourselves to be, we gravitated to the title, and in our less than sober state put our names on the slotted list.
August 18, 2011
Two headlines this week on the subject of scholarly publications grabbed my attention this week, so I thought I would share them with you. The first was the article in Nature by Paul Ginspar. Anne Kenney, Cornell University Librarian, summed up the significance of his work perfectly: