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Use Getty Images’ free embed tool for culturally authentic imagery?

  1. Getty Images is trying a new approach for making some money of its widely pirated imagery online: a  tool you can use to embed images from their database on your website
  2. Pros:
    1. Copyright permissible!
    2. Preserves through link to Getty Images full background metadata of image.
    3. Relatively sophisticated image database browsing tool – might be useful less for teachers directly, but for web quests that send students to learn by exploration.image
    4. Cons:
      1. With the image embedder, you are enabling advertisements and user tracking  on your page. Study the licensing agreements.
      2. Seems to me that Google Images’ scope and convenience will be impossible to beat.

How to set up your computer to access ASCM URLS with Adobe Digital Edition for DRM-protected eBooks

  1. I downloaded the Adobe digital Edition from here: http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions/download.html
  2. I installed the downloaded Adobe  Digital edition like so:
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  6. I can now run the Adobe Digital Edition program:
  7. However, File / open / paste url won’t work.
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  9. Also, if I download the ASCM file, Windows still does not know which application to open ASCM file with
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  11. I CAN HOWEVER DOWNLOAD AN ASCM FILE AND DRAG drop this into an open digital edition window, to get this at least
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  13. I went  down the "authorize your computer" route:
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  18. Here is my first example (from the Adobe samples website):
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  20. From now on, I can simply click on adobe digital edition links  with ASCM files.
  21. When getting the download dialogue, I can skip saving and click "open":
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  25. Note: you are consuming a license if you open te ebook with your account.

LoC says on DVDs: Excerpts, but no space-shifting

And: foreign language faculty seems now included.
“The most complicated exemption focuses on DVDs. Between now and 2015, it will be legal to rip a DVD “in order to make use of short portions of the motion pictures for the purpose of criticism or comment in the following instances: (i) in noncommercial videos; (ii) in documentary films; (iii) in nonfiction multimedia e-books offering film analysis; and (iv) for educational purposes in film studies or other courses requiring close analysis of film and media excerpts, by college and university faculty, college and university students, and kindergarten through twelfth grade educators.” A similar exemption applies for “online distribution services.”
The Librarian also allowed DVDs to be decrypted to facilitate disability access. Specifically, it’s now legal “to access the playhead and/or related time code information embedded in copies of such works and solely for the purpose of conducting research and development for the purpose of creating players capable of rendering visual representations of the audible portions of such works and/or audible representations or descriptions of the visual portions of such works to enable an individual who is blind, visually impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing, and who has lawfully obtained a copy of such a work, to perceive the work.”
But the Librarian did not allow circumvention for space-shifting purposes. While public interest groups had argued that consumers should be allowed to rip a DVD in order to watch it on an iPad that lacks a built-in DVD drive, the Librarian concluded that no court has found that such “space shifting” is a fair use under copyright law.”
Jailbreaking now legal under DMCA for smartphones, but not tablets | Ars Technica

Links explaining Copyright

  1.  Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. A librarian’s write-up that can also be very useful for Learning Centers that handle learning material media (but would it be possible to run this through MS-Word to “down-design” and add a table of contents instead?).
  2. Notable:
    1. “It is fair use to make digital copies of collection items that are likely to deteriorate, or that exist only in difficult-to-access formats, for purposes of preservation, and to make those copies available as surrogates for fragile or otherwise inaccessible materials. LIMITATIONS: Preservation copies should not be made when a fully equivalent digital copy is commercially available at a reasonable cost.  Libraries should not provide access to or circulate original and preservation copies simultaneously”.

How to play unplayable DVDs with VideoLan VLC-Player

If you run into problems playing a DVD video – either since there is no (non-free up to Windows XP) DVD-decoder installed on your computer, or since the DVD was not mastered properly for your DVD-playing software – and if you have VideoLan VLC-Player installed – like on the teacher computer in the LRC main classroom–, you can work around these issues by right-clicking on the Video_TS.vob file – which you will presumably find in the Video_TS subfolder if you browse your DVD as a disk with Windows Explorer (usually drive D: – you may haveto bypass your default DVDS playing software to get in there– and choose from the context menu either directly to “Play with VLC” or via “Open with”, like in this screenshot:

 (Updated from 2009/04/07).