Daily Links: How Mickey Mouse Evades the Public Domain

daily_links_1Daily Links for Thursday, January 21, 2016:

How Mickey Mouse Evades the Public Domain (Priceonomics) – Wonder why copyright lasts so long? Part of the reason is Mickey and Disney! Fascinating story of why we can’t free the mouse. (This was in yesterday’s Library Corner post as well, but it deserves the extra attention.)

Codex Hackathon, a two-day marathon of tech for books (Boston Globe) – Timed to coincide with the ALA conference in Boston, this event brings hackers and book lovers together to try to create some amazing results.

Sponsored Data Is The Newest, Biggest Threat to Net Neutrality (Lifehacker) – This is an interesting take on the Net Neutrality issue.

The Internet Archive’s New “Political TV Ad Archive” Launches Tomorrow (Infodocket) – This is just in time to brighten up the primary election season.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal includes  Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters by Laurie Ann Thompson for $1.99.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Hollywood Book of Death : The Bizarre, Often Sordid, Passings of More than 125 American Movie and TV Idols by James Parish for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Business of Love by Anna James for $99 cents.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Color of Magic (Discworld Book #1) by Terry Pratchett for 99 cents.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson for $1.99.

Google is featuring an Alien Invasion Sale with books priced at 99 cents and up. There are X-Files tie-ins and more….

(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.

Library Corner: 1-20-2016

Library corner imageHere is this week’s roundup of library news:

US Library News:

Penn Libraries’ OPenn Manuscript Portal to Host the Country’s Largest Regional Collections of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts (Penn Libraries)

Wisconsin: Bill: Overdue library book? Police notified. (Fon du Lac Reporter/USA Network)

A playful turn for libraries (Harvard Gazette)

International Library News:

UK: Access to Research given green light to continue (Publishers Licensing Society)

Canada:Ottawa Public Library, Library and Archives Canada working together on new central branch (CBC News)

UK: Snooper’s charter: cafes and libraries face having to store Wi-Fi users’ data (The Guardian)

Italy: 4.5 Million Italians Have Read an eBook in the Past Three Months (The Digital Reader)

Russian minister vows investigation after ‘book burning’ at college libraries (The Telegraph UK)

Policy and Privacy:

Aspen Institute Launches Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library (Aspen Institute)


Flickr Commons – Going Strong! (LOC)

How Mickey Mouse Evades the Public Domain (Priceonomics)

Reference and Statistics:

Economics: FRASER Database Adds Browse by Subject Feature, 1000+ Subjects Available (Infodocket)

Launch and Learn: Our New History Hub Pilot Project (National Archives AOTUS)

A New U.S. House Oversight and Gov Reform Committee Staff Report Says FOIA is “Broken” (Infodocket)

Digital Collections:

U.S. Homophile Internationalism: Archive and Exhibit (Out History)

29 Sketchbooks by Renowned Artist Richard Diebenkorn, Containing 1,045 Drawings, Now Freely Viewable Online (Open Culture)

Camden, Maine Public Library Joins the Flickr Commons (Infodocket)

815 Free Art Books from World Class Museums: The Met, the Guggenheim, the Getty & LACMA (Open Culture)

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.