Open Data from the National Library of Scotland

Europe’s Earliest Printers 1450-1470

A web version of the exhibition at Princeton University Library, enhanced with complete digitizations of all of the Princeton items, is available at

Not in the Handschriftencensus with the present location: Princeton University Library. Manuscript. Scheide 164 = German Prayerbook, 1458 =


US: Federal judge rules for San Francisco art editor in copyright case over Picasso photos

“[T]he San Fransisco Chronicle reports that the San Francisco art editor who reprinted and sold copyrighted photos of paintings by Pablo Picasso as part of a reference book did have the right to do so under U.S. law – and that means he does not have to pay damages of $2.68 million ordered by a French court.”!msg/1709-copyright-blog/4Be-EMNsodw/dES_aUtTBgAJ

How to get an academic paper from an author

“To actually get a hold of an author, email is usually the best option. At least one author always includes an email address on the paper. If that address doesn’t work, they may have switched universities, but a Google search will usually bring up their current position with their current email. Failing that, you can try to contact them via Research Gate, but at least for me personally, I find that to be an inefficient way for people to get in touch with me. I don’t get notifications from my Research Gate (because they were obnoxious) nor do I check it often, so when people ask me for my papers via Research Gate, it often takes me a long time to respond. In contrast, emailing me usually results in a response is a few hours. I think this is probably true for most academics, so I’d start with email.

One final note about emailing scientists, sometimes people feel like they are inconveniencing scientists by asking for a paper (particularly people who are not academics or students) so they write them a lengthy story about what they are interested in and why they want the paper. Don’t do that. You don’t need to justify your desire for knowledge and you are just wasting their time. All you need to say is, “Dear Dr X, could you please send me a copy of your paper titled, “Y.” Thank you very much, Your Name” or something to that effect. It doesn’t have to be quite that terse, but academics often get hundreds of emails a day, so keeping your message short is appreciated.”

Libraries and Archivists Are Scanning and Uploading Books That Are Secretly in the Public Domain

“A coalition of archivists, activists, and libraries are working overtime to make it easier to identify the many books that are secretly in the public domain, digitize them, and make them freely available online to everyone. The people behind the effort are now hoping to upload these books to the Internet Archive, one of the largest digital archives on the internet.

As it currently stands, all books published in the U.S. before 1924 are in the public domain, meaning they’re publicly owned and can be freely used and copied. Books published in 1964 and after are still in copyright, and by law will be for 95 years from their publication date.

But a copyright loophole means that up to 75 percent of books published between 1923 to 1964 are secretly in the public domain, meaning they are free to read and copy. The problem is determining which books these are, due to archaic copyright registration systems and convoluted and shifting copyright law.”

USA: Linda Hall Library (doesn’t) allow use of all Public Domain Images for any purpose

The announcment is bullshit. The license is

what means that commercial purposes aren’t allowed.

Open Access: Jeff Pooley proposes “the library solution”: a collectively funded publishing ecosystem, APC-free, and centered on the academic library

“The Plan S faith in the pricing mechanism echoes the old dilemma of classical liberalism: everyone is free, as the saying goes, to sleep under the bridges of Paris. There is no fee, however modest, that will be affordable to most of the world’s scholars.”