We just received a shipment of Internet Archive TShirts. They have the Internet Archive logo on the front and a choice of slogans on the back. They come in S, M, L, and XL
We know you’ve been waiting so get ‘em while they last. You see them and the other great Internet Archive gear at https://store.archive.org/
Rick Prelinger’s Lost Landscapes of San Francisco is a movie happening that brings old-time San Francisco footage and our community together in an interactive crowd-driven event. Showing in the majestic Internet Archive building, your ticket donation will benefit the Internet Archive, which suffered a major fire in November. Please give generously to support the rebuilding effort.
December 18, 2013
300 Funston Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94118
Lost Landscapes returns for its 8th year, bringing together both familiar and unseen archival film clips showing San Francisco as it was and is no more. Blanketing the 20th-century city from the Bay to Ocean Beach, this screening includes newly-discovered images of Playland and Sutro Baths; the waterfront; families living and playing in their neighborhoods; detail-rich streetscapes of the late 1960s; the 1968 San Francisco State strike; Army and family life in the Presidio; buses, planes, trolleys and trains; a selected reprise of greatest hits.
As usual, the viewers make the soundtrack — audience members are asked to identify places and events, ask questions, share their thoughts, and create an unruly interactive symphony of speculation about the city we’ve lost and the city we’d like to live in.
While the rest of the world lines up early for Black Friday we here at the Internet Archive Store offer online deals on Bitcoin Friday. From Friday, November 29 through Sunday, December 1 you can purchase our two most popular items on sale when you use Bitcoin. The Internet Archive Hat is $5.12 off and the Internet Archive Sweatshirt is $10.24 off. Bitcoin Friday at store.archive.org.
To get the discount at The Internet Archive Store use:
Coupon code: hat512 Coupon code: sweat1024
With the cooperation of the City of Richmond (thank you!), a group of volunteers and Internet Archive staff are starting to set up backbone repeaters in Richmond California to build a Community Wireless network. Here is Colyer Dupont showing a “tier 2″ dish that will then be used to repeat to the neighborhood. The equipment came from the Internet Archive, and put this up on Ormond’s property by Ormond, John Easterday, and Dupont.
In the next several months as this becomes easier and the reliability is proven or improved we hope to have our first users come online.
We are about to receive a remarkable private collection of video taped U.S. television news that spans 35 years. We welcome contributions of TV news recorded before the year 2001 to help broaden our research library.
Mrs. Stokes started recording news at home in 1977 — and never stopped. Before her death in December 2012 she recorded 140,000 video cassettes. Her family searched for a home for her unique collection and found us in June.
It is a unique collection of local news from Boston (1977-1986) and Philadelphia (1986-2012), as well as all the national news. The Boston era is particularly notable for the busing/desegregation strife that raged throughout.
Marion Stokes’ amazing commitment to preserve television news, a passion that few at the time entirely understood, shaped the daily lives of her children growing up and, later, visits of her grandchildren. Her dream of using this collection for the public good can now be fulfilled.
In just a few days, four large shipping containers on trucks will be winding their way across the country to our Richmond, California physical archive. The digitization of such a huge collection will take a number of years and funding we have yet to raise.
Join us in helping to realize Marion Stokes’ gift to the future and make it available to all, forever, for free. Please consider making a contribution, right now!
More in Sarah Kessler’s Fast Company article, The Incredible Story of Marion Stokes, Who Single-Handedly Taped 35 Years of TV News
EthicsInTech presents a fun night of Comedy, Ethics & Technology to help protect the Fourth Amendment and our constitutional rights and freedoms. The goal of the event is to entertain, educate and bring to light issues concerning ethical use of technology and how it can help or curtail individual rights and freedoms. This holiday charity event is focused on increasing public awareness through expert panel discussions on how those rights are being violated by the National Security Administration. “NSA Comedy Tour™” is focused on promoting the issues, causes and challenges that humanity faces as it adopts the ever changing tools and technologies that have taken us by storm.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Comedy and Panel 7:00-9:00 PM
300 Funston Ave, San Francisco, 94118
Will Durst, America’s Funniest Political Comedian
Cindy Cohn, Legal Director of Electronic Frontier Foundation
Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and Founder of Internet Archive
Vahid Razavi, Founder of EthicsInTech & BizCloud®
Inder Comar, WitnessIraq.com
Janet Weil, CodePink.org
A percentage of all ticket proceeds from this event will be donated to organizations & causes below (selection process by ticket buyers):
A resounding judgement in the Google Books case means that the act of digitizing books is not in-and-of-itself infringing. In legal-speak, the judge ruled that digitizing books is “fair”. This is a big deal in that it allows machines, or robots, to read books. What someone does with the book after it is in digital form might break the law, but just getting it in digital form is not. This is helpful to the Internet Archive’s book project, digital libraries in general, and the public at large.
How did we get here? There were book scanning projects in the early 2000′s, including the Million Books Project and Project Gutenberg (both of which Internet Archive was involved in), but many of these did not venture beyond out-of-copyright books. Google boldly started scanning all books, but were sued by the Authors Guild and AAP. The proposed a settlement that would have created a monopoly and changed copyright law, and was rejected by Judge Chin. The Internet Archive was happy with this decision because we did not want to see central control of all out-of-print works.
At this point, without a settlement the case proceeded to find out if Google’s digitizing of in-copyright works and showing “snippets” of pages infringes on the monopoly rights bestowed on publishers and authors.
Judge Chin soundly ruled that what Google was not infringing. The judgement is quite readable, and is recommended. The Author’s Guild has said they will appeal.
What does this mean? It means that having machines read books is allowable under United States law. This is an important because more and more research is being done with the assistance of computers. If computers could not be used to help in research, then people would be back to writing quotations on note cards or typing in short sections into their computers. Clearly this does not make sense, and, thankfully Judge Chin thought so too.
The Internet Archive has been digitizing modern books for many years for the blind and dyslexic, but also to aid in lending books to the public. This decision will not directly effect what the Internet Archive is doing, but puts some possible legal issues on more solid ground.
Let the robots read! A clear victory for fair use.