Daily Links and Deals: ‘Happy Birthday’ settlement puts the song in the public domain

daily_links_1Daily Links for Tuesday, February 9, 2016:

‘Happy Birthday’ settlement puts the song in the public domain (Engadget) – Warner reportedly agrees to song’s public domain status.

Beware piracy defense lawyers can be trolls too (TorrentFreak) –  It can be really hard to tell what color hat someone is wearing….

1Password For Android Gets Fingerprint Unlock And Material Design Makeover (Techcrunch) – The password’s not quite extinct yet, but more and more programs are using biometrics.

Google restores ad blocker for Samsung browser to the Play Store (The Verge) – An update to this story.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes Rena’s Promise: A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz by Rena Kornreich Gelissen with Heather Dune Macadam for $2.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Drunk On You by Teri Anne Stanley for  99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Death of a Policeman by M. C. Beaton A Hamish Macbeth Mystery (Book #29) for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes His Reckless Bargain by Cynthia Wright for $2.99.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Happy Birthday copyright case is settled

birthday-cake-380178_640News is breaking that the parties have settled in the Happy Birthday copyright case. The trial scheduled to begin December 15, 2015 has been canceled, according to a ruling filed in the case.

One of the factors that was to have been addressed in the trial would have been the issue of damages, possibly going all the way back to 1949.

Detail of the settlement have not yet been released, so at this point, we have no idea what this means (if anything) to the public at large as far as usage rights and the song’s public domain status.

More to come….

Daily Links: Why Twitter is Dying

daily_links_1A few links worthy of sharing:

Why Twitter is Dying and What You Can Learn From It (Medium) – Thought-provoking piece about online abuse and its effects.

Appeals Court Rules That Google Book Scanning is Fair Use (Ars Technica) – This case filed by the Authors’ Guild may finally be running out of steam….

Chrome dumps “OK Google” eavesdropping extension because nobody actually uses it (Ars Technica) – The “always on” extension is removed from laptops and desktops.

Here’s Warner/Chappell’s Plan to Save the “Happy Birthday” Copyright (Hollywood Reporter) – With so much money on the table, this story seems determined not to go away anytime soon.

Kindle Daily Deals (Amazon) – Nine books for $2.99 or less that include several of Robert Goldsborough’s re-boot of the Nero Wolfe Mysteries.

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Library Corner 9-29-2015

Library corner imageUS Library News:

An Introduction to Law Library Services (Pro Se)

BPL assessing rare book section after mold outbreak (Bostone Globe)

New LA libraries program turns ‘story time’ into hands-on ‘coder time’  (KPCC)

International Library News:

UK and China sign MoUs on sport, libraries, fashion and tourism (GOV.UK)

National Library of Scotland Releases New Strategy Document, Includes Plan to Place One-Third of Collection Online During Next 10 Years (Infodocket)

Policy and Privacy:

Libraries File Amicus Brief Supporting Net Neutrality (ARL)


Happy Birthday IS in the public domain (The 1709 Blog)

Reference and Statistics:

OpenLandContracts.org: A Database of Publicly Available Land, Agriculture and Forestry Contracts (CCSI)

New USPTO Tool Allows Exploration of 40 Years of Patent Data (USPTO)

Passenger Travel Facts and Figures 2015 (DOT)

New interactive application showcases habitat and wildlife restoration underway on the Great Lakes (Great Lakes Commission)

IPI launches new online media laws database (IPI)

Scientists create the first digital ‘tree of life’ for 2.3 million species (Christian Science Monitor)

Digital Collections:

How Esquire built Esquire Classic, a new standalone digital archive (Nieman Labs)

The 550,000 miles of undersea cables that power the internet (The Kids Should See This)

Paper Museum” Goes Digital (Getty)

Introducing a Great New Experience for Reading Books on NAP.edu (NAP)

New Digital Archive at University of Utah Examines the Complicated and Multi-dimensional Sides of Suicide (University of Utah)

American Numismatic Society Introduces Digital Library (Coin Week)

About once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about digital collections available online.  I also post other links of interest about the digital life daily on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.