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  • Subject: ICSTI: news items
  • From: Pete Strickland <ps@iucr.org>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003 09:30:02 +0000
  • Organization: IUCr
Subject: UK implements EU copyright Directive

The UK has implemented the latest EU Copyright Directive  see:


for the details.

One small extract:

"Civil liberty advocates, meanwhile, have urged law makers to adopt 
new laws that protect consumer freedoms, many of which are written 
into law in the form of "fair use" exceptions for protected works.

In some countries, including Germany, consumers are permitted to make 
back-up copies of a purchased CD, for example. In the UK, however, no 
such "fair use" provision exists.

The EU directive failed to get member countries to agree on a single 
set of "fair use" exceptions, setting the stage for a mishmash of 
laws governing how consumers can store and play media and software on 
their PCs or other digital devices"

Although the comment is about  'consumer' type copying the 'mismash' 
is surely going to affect libraries and others concerned with copying 
for clients. 
Subject: MS on the acquisition trail again.....

Microsoft reportedly approached Google within the past two months 
about the possibility of a merger. Google--the leader among search 
engines--generates significant ad revenues. Google, for the moment, 
appears to have rejected Microsoft's overture, focusing instead on 
its recently revealed intentions to pursue an initial public
offering (IPO). Microsoft might still consider a merger after Google 
goes public, however, according to one source. Plans for Google's IPO 
remain undecided. Google's founders reportedly have considered an 
auction-style public offering, avoiding using financial institutions 
to underwrite the IPO. Many banks are continuing to bid for the IPO, 
however, believing that Google executives will ultimately opt for a 
traditional approach.

New York Times, 31 October 2003 (registration req'd)
Subject: Open Archives Forum Tutorial on the OAI PMH

The Open Archives Forum has created an online tutorial for the Open 
Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. It can be found 


This OAI Protocol online tutorial is based on two substantial 
pre-workshop tutorials the OA-F project ran in 2002-3, during its 
workshop series in Europe. A number of people contributed to these, 
including Andy Powell and Pete Cliff of UKOLN, and Uwe Muller of
Humboldt University in Berlin. The material was developed to an extent 
out of materials created by various members of the OAI itself, 
including Herbert van de Soempel, Michael Nelson, etc. The OA-F has 
built on the experience of  these live tutorials, and the online 
version covers most of what potential implementers of the protocol 
need to know. As well as extensive referencing within the tutorial, 
it also points to relevant external resources.

Annual Course and Conference:LIBRARIES IN THE DIGITAL AGE (LIDA) 2004

Dubrovnik, Croatia, 25-29 May, 2004, Inter-University Centre 
Don Ivana Bulica 4, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Course web site: http://www.pedos.hr/lida Course email: lida@pedos.hr

The general aim of the annual conference and course Libraries in the 
Digital Age  (LIDA), started in 2000, is to address the changing and 
challenging environment for libraries and information systems and 
services in the digital world, with an emphasis on examining 
contemporary problems, advances and solutions. Each year a
different and ?hot? theme is addressed, divided in two parts; the 
first part covers research and development and the second part 
addresses advances in applications and practice. LIDA seeks to bring 
together researchers, practitioners, and developers in a forum for 
personal exchanges, discussions, and learning, made easier by being 
held in memorable locations.

Best wishes

Peter Strickland
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