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Books from 1923 to 1941 Now Liberated!

The Internet Archive is now leveraging a little known, and perhaps never used, provision of US copyright law, Section 108h, which allows libraries to scan and make available materials published 1923 to 1941 if they are not being actively sold. Elizabeth Townsend Gard, a copyright scholar at Tulane University calls this “Library Public Domain.” She and her students helped bring the first scanned books of this era available online in a collection named for the author of the bill making this necessary: The Sonny Bono Memorial Collection. Thousands more books will be added in the near future as we automate. We hope this will encourage libraries that have been reticent to scan beyond 1923 to start mass scanning their books and other works, at least up to 1942.

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Abrams, Star Wars, Disney and Creative Control

In the middle of the interview, Glazer simply asked Abrams whether he had the last word on the edit of the 124-minute movie. Abrams confirmed that tidbit with a straightforward, “Yeah, yeah.” But then he went on to add, “But when you do a Disney project, there’s a clause in there that you kind of go, ‘Well, if I were a lawyer I could probably drive a truck through it…’”

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Netflix knows the exact episode of a TV show that gets you hooked

It hasn’t come to any conclusions about precisely what gets us addicted, but it’s found that there tends to be an early episode in each series that, once viewers watch it, leads to a strong chance of people coming back to finish the season. That can be as early as episode two in the case of Breaking Bad or as late as episode eight in the case of How I Met Your Mother.

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