Morning Coffee – 6 April 2020
Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.
The first 5 stories are all on the same topic (the Internet Archive’s recent acts of piracy), so I have split the other links into a separate section.
- Bill Rosenblatt reached the same conclusion about the Internet Archive’s National Emergency library pirate site that I did, that Brewster Kahle’s goal was less about helping libraries and more about forcing a lawsuit in order to rewrite copyright laws.
- Karin Wulf believes that the " Internet Archive is not breaking the glass to save anyone but rather seems to be just… breaking glass".
- David Newhoff questions the ethics of the Internet Archive’s decision to deprive creators of income, and rightly so.
- Victoria Strauss explains how there’s no legislative or judicial basis for the IA’s claims of fair use.
- Ryan Clough lays out the measures real libraries are taking in response to the current crisis, all of which are far more limited than the Internet Archive’s acts of piracy.
- A new theory has been invented about who actually wrote Shakespeare’s plays.
- When it comes time to refresh your author website, I have a few ideas of what you should look at.
- Online ad rates fell last week, and continue to fall (because people aren’t buying).
- Here’s a bunch of ways to save money when buying more books.
- Ted Goia points out how many web platforms such as Facebook and Youtube are designed to get creators to give their work away so companies can exploit it.