Pierrot Players to Perform Rare Work

The UNT Pierrot Chamber Players, a collection of UNT College of Music-affiliated instrumentalists and singers, will perform the challenging work of Arnold Schoenberg, an Austrian composer considered one of the most important musical contributors of the 20th century. The program will include a duo of related repertoire: the world premiere of L’Après-midi d’un Schoenberg and a UNT student arrangement of Danzón No. 2.

The free concert, titled Pierrot Throughout the World, takes place at 8 p.m. Sept. 17 in Voertman Hall, located inside the UNT Music Building.

To learn more, please read the full InHouse article: Pierrot players to perform rare work.

Texas Digital Newspaper Program: Two Million Pages Preserved

Recently, the Texas Digital Newspaper Program (TDNP) reached two million pages of Texas newspapers on The Portal to Texas History.  Made digitally available from microfilm, physical pages, and PDF e-print editions, the newspapers offer a glimpse into daily life in Texas from 1829 to the present.  The collection represents communities from across Texas with newspapers from high schools, colleges, large cities, small towns, and special interest groups.

The Digital Newspaper Team supports any kind of Texas newspaper preservation, and each member’s effort advances the larger success of TDNP and the communities who have added their newspapers to the collection.  Individuals, community societies, and institutions have all contributed to the TDNP in order to preserve their heritage and support research and education on a worldwide scale. We particularly wish to thank the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Tocker Foundation, the Ladd and Katherine Hancher Foundation, and the Abilene Library Consortium for their generous patronage.

The two million page milestone does not just represent the work of the Digital Newspaper Team at UNT; it also shows how much newspaper preservation and access mean to communities throughout Texas.  On November 6, 2014, the UNT Libraries will host a celebration for the partners who have made this possible, at which point the Texas Digital Newspaper Program will approach 2.5 million pages!

Digitized Book Images and Macaque Copyright Ownership

Historic Copyright Friendly Book Images

Kalev Leetaru recently uploaded to Flickr 2.6 million fully-tagged images and drawings from various books. This endeavor is part of the Internet Archive Organization’s scanning process. Since each image is tagged, users can efficiently search for and locate images using simple keyword searches. Leetaru hopes this digital archive will serve as a historical archive that will serve those needing images. Hopefully, others will follow in uploading images that can be freely utilized by others. One option I might encourage others to include when uploading such images is to include a Creative Commons license on these items so that any doubt of subsequent use is assuaged.

 

Macaque Selfie

Most everyone read or heard about the Celebes crested macaque in Sulawesi, Indonesia taking selfies with David Slater’s camera. Now, a legal dispute exists to determine who owns the photos created by the macaques, and not by Slater. Slater of course claims that his “toil and trouble” lead to the creation of these photos, and thus he advocates it does not matter that he did not actually create the photos (he did not press the button on the camera that lead to the creation of the photo, the macaques pressed the button). In essence, Slater claims his extensive travel to the volcanic tropical forest in Sulawesi, Indonesia, and his travel through this area’s humid and dense jungle equated to his “toil and trouble.”

However, in the United States anyway, a couple of problems exist in claiming copyright ownership over images created by a macaque. One such problem is that in most countries it is well established that only humans may own copyright. Further, only a creator may have copyright protection. Thus, if a macaque creates a photo, logically, no copyright exists. If animals were to own copyright one can imagine the unintended consequences. For example, if a fish rearranges the rocks at the bottom of an aquarium, and this arrangement is fixed for certain period of time, does the fish now own the copyright for this arrangement (mimicking copyright in a sculpture)? And on and on and on, this could become ludicrous.

Another barrier to Slater owning copyright to these macaque produced images is that it is long established, per the Feist case, that sweat of the brow, or Slater’s “toil and trouble” does not by itself earn copyright protection. More than just sweat of the brow is mandatory, such as some modicum of originality, and more specifically some modicum of originality created from a human not a macaque.

Thus, most copyright attorneys that practice in the academic industry see this story as a perfect example as to why the public domain exists, and why sometimes many creations have no owners. When an item technically does not belong to anyone, this is not a bad thing. It is actually very positive. Think of all of the creative endeavors that could result from these macaque selfies, or from other alleged animal creations (fish rearranging rocks). However, many IP attorneys outside of the academy are supporting Slater’s claim that he is entitled to the copyright of these macaque produced images.

One other aspect to keep in mind is that the images were created in Indonesia, thus Indonesian law applies.  It will be interesting to see whether this case progresses in the courts, and the possible judicial outcomes.

Digitized Book Images and Macaque Copyright Ownership

Historic Copyright Friendly Book Images

Kalev Leetaru recently uploaded to Flickr 2.6 million fully-tagged images and drawings from various books. This endeavor is part of the Internet Archive Organization’s scanning process. Since each image is tagged, users can efficiently search for and locate images using simple keyword searches. Leetaru hopes this digital archive will serve as a historical archive that will serve those needing images. Hopefully, others will follow in uploading images that can be freely utilized by others. One option I might encourage others to include when uploading such images is to include a Creative Commons license on these items so that any doubt of subsequent use is assuaged.

 

Macaque Selfie

Most everyone read or heard about the Celebes crested macaque in Sulawesi, Indonesia taking selfies with David Slater’s camera. Now, a legal dispute exists to determine who owns the photos created by the macaques, and not by Slater. Slater of course claims that his “toil and trouble” lead to the creation of these photos, and thus he advocates it does not matter that he did not actually create the photos (he did not press the button on the camera that lead to the creation of the photo, the macaques pressed the button). In essence, Slater claims his extensive travel to the volcanic tropical forest in Sulawesi, Indonesia, and his travel through this area’s humid and dense jungle equated to his “toil and trouble.”

However, in the United States anyway, a couple of problems exist in claiming copyright ownership over images created by a macaque. One such problem is that in most countries it is well established that only humans may own copyright. Further, only a creator may have copyright protection. Thus, if a macaque creates a photo, logically, no copyright exists. If animals were to own copyright one can imagine the unintended consequences. For example, if a fish rearranges the rocks at the bottom of an aquarium, and this arrangement is fixed for certain period of time, does the fish now own the copyright for this arrangement (mimicking copyright in a sculpture)? And on and on and on, this could become ludicrous.

Another barrier to Slater owning copyright to these macaque produced images is that it is long established, per the Feist case, that sweat of the brow, or Slater’s “toil and trouble” does not by itself earn copyright protection. More than just sweat of the brow is mandatory, such as some modicum of originality, and more specifically some modicum of originality created from a human not a macaque.

Thus, most copyright attorneys that practice in the academic industry see this story as a perfect example as to why the public domain exists, and why sometimes many creations have no owners. When an item technically does not belong to anyone, this is not a bad thing. It is actually very positive. Think of all of the creative endeavors that could result from these macaque selfies, or from other alleged animal creations (fish rearranging rocks). However, many IP attorneys outside of the academy are supporting Slater’s claim that he is entitled to the copyright of these macaque produced images.

One other aspect to keep in mind is that the images were created in Indonesia, thus Indonesian law applies.  It will be interesting to see whether this case progresses in the courts, and the possible judicial outcomes.

 

Student Computer Labs Network - Print Credit

New name, new logo, new print system...

The University of North Texas General Access Computer Lab system is now the Student Computer Labs network (SCL). 

Beginning Fall 2014, the UNT Student Computer Labs will be using a print credit system. Currently enrolled students will receive a printing credit ($10.00) each semester to print academic related work in the UNT SCLs.

  • Students can print to meet their academic needs.
  • Students will encounter fewer printing restrictions.
  • Students can view their current print balance at printing.unt.edu.
  • Students will receive a fresh print credit at the beginning of each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer).

Printing will be provided by the UNT SCLs at the following rates:

  • Three cents ($0.03 per page for single-sided B&W printing
  • Five cents ($0.05) per page for duplex B&W printing
  • Ten cents ($0.10) per page for single-sided color (color printing is available in select SCLs)
  • Nineteen cents ($0.19) per page for duplex color

For more information, please visit Student Computer Labs Printing Information and Guidelines or contact Judy Hunter, 24 Center Administrator.