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On Copyright, Eric Schmidt Is Right and Britain Is Wrong

(gigaom.com): Google chairman Eric Schmidt has been taking some flak from large media and content companies for comments he made about copyright in Britain, where the authorities have been considering a rewrite of the country's 300-year-old copyright laws. His critics believe Schmidt and Google are bent on promoting a lawless, Wild West approach to the Internet, and say Britain needs to find its own way on copyright. But Eric Schmidt is right, and Britain and the global content companies pushing it not to adopt principles like "fair use" are wrong. Copyright is changing, whether they like it or not.
   
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E-Discovery Market Predicted to Reach $1.5B in 2013

(law.com): The worldwide electronic discovery market saw revenue of $889 million in 2009 and will reach $1.5 billion in 2013, technology research firm Gartner predicted this month. Upcoming trends in vendor consolidation, industry standards, and a focus on data integration will all be signs of a maturing and increasingly mainstream market, Gartner analysts John Bace and Debra Logan said in their May 13 report, "Magic Quadrant for E-Discovery Software."
   
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UK copyright review's brightest idea 'doomed to fail'

(telegraph.co.uk): The boldest idea in the Hargreaves review of the UK's copyright laws is 'doomed to fail', unless David Cameron ensures the creative industries participate, writes Emma Barnett. The Hargreaves's report was commissioned by the Government last November in order to radically modernise the UK's out-of-date laws and make them "fit for the digital age" - not just make sensible suggestions which do very little other than bring the laws in line with current consumer behaviour.
   
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Paradigm shifting in scholarly communications

(openaccesscentral.com): A major thread in this conversation stresses the enormous potential of shared research data in facilitating experimental reproducibility and validation. Much ink has been spent in the past few years on the "data deluge" and the promise of new advances in science that are not based on the traditional hypothesis-experiment-analysis-conclusion paradigm, but rather start with previously unseen patterns, anomalies, or correlations within the existing wealth of collected data themselves as the catalyst for new investigations and experiments.
   
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California Internet Privacy Bill: Facebook, Google Explain 'Strong' Opposition

(huffingtonpost.com): A coalition of web giants including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Skype are opposing a landmark California bill seeking to drastically revamp social networking sites' privacy protections, arguing in a letter that the proposed legislation is unconstitutional, a threat to businesses and would actually decrease users' privacy. Bill "SB 242" would, among other mandates, require users of such sites to specify their privacy settings as part of the registration process and force sites to institute default privacy settings that share no more than a user's name and city of residence..
   
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