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'Balance must be struck' in copyright laws, says Creative Commons founder

(dailystar.com.lb): The Creative Commons founder, who is also the director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center of Ethics at Harvard University discussed ways that his organization has been able to bridge a gap between the professional and the amateur when it comes to copyright licenses. Creative Commons enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through legal tools, where the professional can decide the conditions of how other people can use their work. Today's technology has given people the ability to remix copyrighted materials for artistic and creative purposes, but because the law supports a read-only culture, it does not recognize the idea of re-interpretation.
   
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Publishers should set e-book prices, says FutureBook survey

(thebookseller.com): More than three-quarters of people working in the book trade believe e-books should be priced at current street prices or less, according to early results of a FutureBook survey into digital thinking. The majority of respondents indicated that publishers are best placed to set this price, even though they don't believe the agency model has a long-term future..
   
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Majority of Cloud Adopters Report Cloud Solutions Are Better Than Their On-Premise Counterparts, According to Appirio's State of the Public Cloud Survey

(marketwire.com): Appirio, a cloud solution provider, issued results from its first State of the Public Cloud Survey, providing new insight into adoption trends, market misconceptions and the emerging challenges and opportunities for adopters of public cloud applications and platforms. Rather than another general market survey on cloud computing, this survey targeted more than 150 IT decision makers at mid-to-large sized companies that had already implemented at least one of the leading SaaS applications or cloud platforms. Conducted by a third-party firm, the survey uncovered valuable insights from companies that have already begun their move to the cloud..
   
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Google executive pushes privacy concerns

(ctv.ca): Google's global privacy counsel says he's surprised by how few people choose to control what ads are steered their way -- a tool which the Internet search giant launched, albeit with minimal fanfare, over the past year. Paris-based global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer said Tuesday that the tool -- which enables users to prevent targeted ads or alter the parameters used to steer ads their way -- was visited by tens of thousands of people per week.
   
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The OCLC Research Survey of Special Collections and Archives

(oclc.org): Special collections and archives are increasingly seen as elements of distinction that serve to differentiate an academic or research library from its peers. In recognition of this, the Association of Research Libraries conducted a survey in 1998 that was transformative and led directly to many high-profile initiatives to "expose hidden collections." As this OCLC Research report reveals, however, much rare and unique material remains undiscoverable, and monetary resources are shrinking at the same time that user demand is growing..
   
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