Birth of the Copyright

May 31, 2007

From the Writer’s Almanac:

It was on this day in 1790 that Congress enacted the United States copyright law. The law gave authors exclusive rights to publish and sell maps, charts, and books for a period of 14 years, with a chance to renew the copyright for another 14 years. There have been many changes to the U.S. copyright law since 1790. In the 19th century, copyrights became available for photographs, paintings, drawings, and models. In 1909, musical rolls for player pianos became covered by the law. In the last 30 years, copyright law has expanded to include cable TV, computer software, tapes, CDs, DVDs, and MP3s.

Eric Faden, of the Media Education Foundation, explains Copyright and Fair Use in this bizarre video:

the view gets a little slanted at the end. What do you think of his spin? Are copyright laws out of control?


Did you know?

May 30, 2007

Did you know that you can find archives of the wkms e-newsletter?  Visit it at Happy reading!

Thought of the Day

May 25, 2007

From The Writer’s Almanac:

It’s the birthday of Ralph Waldo Emerson, born in Boston, Massachusetts (1803). He said, “Meek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views, which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon have given, forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries when they wrote those books.” has free access to the complete works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, as well as essays, letters, commentary and more.

Public Action – tell them what you think!

May 23, 2007

Car Talk and PRI’s The World are now part of the Beta test for Public Action, an open discussion of the day’s stories built in to their site.  From PRI:

Public Action is a way for you to engage on-line with other listeners to the World. Each day we’ll select a story from that day’s broadcast and open it up as a topic for discussion. You can post your thoughts for all to see, or comment on what someone else has written. We’d especially like to encourage those of you with personal knowledge or experiences related to the discussion topics to contribute your anecdotes or observations. Hopefully Public Action will illuminate experiences and ideas interesting to all of us, and some of them may find their way on to the broadcast.

At this stage Public Action is still at the development stage (the technical folks call it a beta test), so we’re also really interested in hearing from you how you think Public Action works and ways that it could be improved. You’ll see that there’s already a discussion thread for you to comment on that. We’re also not doing this alone. Several public radio stations and Car Talk are all giving Public Action a test drive. You only need to register with one of us to have access to all of the other Public Action sites.

Finally, there are some ground-rules for posting. We call them the five keeps:
Keep it on-topic
Keep it clean
Keep it civil
Keep it brief
Keep to the Terms and Conditions
The rest, as they say, is up to you.

So tell them what you think! Click here.

Lowertown Arts Festival this Weekend

May 23, 2007

The Lowertown Arts Festival is celebrating

The webside has an event map (pdf) and a guide to lowertown (pdf) to help you find what you’re looking for.  The music’s free, along with many of the activities. Visit for more.


Also this weekend…


May 22, 2007’s servers didn’t like something I tried a few minutes ago, and the response gave me a good laugh:


Discover Korea with Kate Lochte

May 22, 2007

Kate Lochte reports from Korea as she travels with a group of Murray State students and faculty.  Listen as she explores religion, daily life, and more.
Click Here.