Statutes, legal treatises, and judicial opinions are often disparaged as wordy, dense, and unnecessarily convoluted – and with good reason. It can be difficult for a non-lawyer to grasp the kernel of knowledge he seeks from the reading. Compounding this issue are the myriad of articles and websites that misinform, misdirect, or otherwise perpetuate misunderstood concepts. This problem is prevalent with U.S. copyright law: especially in regard to copyright creation, ownership, and use.
We are regularly reminded that acronyms and terms that are used at UNH and more specifically within UNHInnovation (UNHI) and in other technology transfer offices are not everyday phrases. Thus, the need arose for a continued discussion of these terms, as seen in UNHI’s December 10, 2013 blog post. The focus of this posting is to again look at some more general terms that are regularly used and more specifically, why they are used.
In 2010, Sherry Palmer, a UNH staff member, completed the current iteration of a Research Poster Tutorial, Creating a Large Format Poster to Present Your Research. Just recently, I was able to find a way to share this detailed and extremely helpful tool with all of UNH in a secure downloadable manner on Blackboard.
UNH signed a license with Avalon Promotions on July 31, 2013 for a copyrighted image developed by Healthy UNH and UNH Dining Services, aptly called the UNHWildcat Plate. In 2010, the USDA created Dietary Guidelines for Americans, to help remind them to think about their food choices in order to lead healthier lifestyles. With permission from the USDA, Healthy UNH and Dining Services adapted these guidelines, developing an image to guide patrons in making healthy food choices in UNH dining halls.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was enacted in 1998 in an attempt to curb the piracy of copyrighted works in the new digital age. The most important provision, commonly referred to as the anti-circumvention provision, makes it illegal to circumvent a technological measure that controls access to a copyrighted work or to distribute tools for others to do so. This means it is illegal to bypass DRM or other security measures. On its face this sounds very reasonable. However, this provision has had what were, hopefully, unintended consequences on fair use.
In collaboration with the Office for Research Partnerships and Commercialization and the UNH Music Department, we would like to welcome Peter McGovern and Dr. Catherine McGovern, experts on copyright, entertainment, and music law.
The McGoverns will be conducting a special presentation for students and faculty on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, from 12:40 – 2:00pm in Bratton Hall, M-135. The general subject of this presentation will be copyright issues and laws as they relate to arts in general and to music in particular.
Creative Works is a sometimes-overlooked area at educational institutions with strong technology-based research programs. Generally, a creative work is one that results in a piece of artwork, literature, music, curriculum, evaluation tool, or software being developed. Faculty, staff, and students at UNH are regularly developing Creative Works. ORPC has placed a new focus on this area of scholarship and looks at the best way to protect, manage, and deliver innovative Creative Works to the public.