Links Roundup for April 27, 2011

* The big news of the day: YouTube founders buy Delicious from Yahoo; this is also the big story on the blog at So far, there’s not much in the way of details, though is reporting that users will have the ability to opt out when the service changes hands.

* Fans, beware: Tumblr may push you out of your account name without warning if a corporation decides it wants it. danah boyd is reporting that Tumblr moved her account without notice or warning at the behest of a corporate entity who had trademarked her long-term internet handle, “zephoria.” reports another case in their story Tumblr Screws Hipster Underclass to Appease Hipster Overlords at Pitchfork, reporting that the person who blogged at pitchfork before Pitchfork Magazine got involved was moved, without permission or notice, to

* New Zealand snuck a ‘3 strikes you’re out’ copyright law into a larger emergency bill meant to help earthquake victims. Not only are these new amendments to the Copyright Act widely disliked, but there is resentment against the process of attaching them to an urgent emergency bill. A series of protests are planned for May 1st.

* Alison Croggon’s talk, The Rise of the Amateur, is now online; in it, Croggon argues that the internet has created new excitement in the arts – both in terms of amateur art and amateur criticism.

* The Atlantic has published an interview with Kembrew McLeod, co-author of Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling, called, How Copyright Law Hurts Music, From Chuck D to Girl Talk .

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  1. L commented:

    Possibly missing the end of the sentence (unless this was meant to run together):

    when the service changes hands and

    * Fans, beware:

    Also, it preliminarily looks like moving your bookmarks along with Delicious is opt-in only.

    • fcoppa commented:

      Hi, thank you! I’d already gotten the first, and I’ll look for a source on the second – I saw opt out, which in a way makes more sense. What do you think about opt in vs out?