Links Roundup for February 1, 2011

Here’s a roundup of recent stories that might be of interest to fans.

* The New York Times ran a skeptical editorial upon hearing that the Conan Doyle Estate has commissioned a new, “authorized” Sherlock Holmes novel, since the Holmes stories are out of copyright in the UK and mostly out of copyright in the U.S. As the article notes, “there is no reason why an ‘official’ 21st-century Holmes story will be any better…than an ‘unofficial’ one,” and concludes, “We shudder to think what the Shakespeare Estate might be endorsing now.”

* In Japan, the supreme court has ruled that a service which transfers TV to overseas viewers is illegal. This reverses earlier rulings that the service did not violate copyright law.

*Political remixer Jonathan McIntosh has put together an HTML5 video demo using Mozilla’s Popcorn.js framework in order to create an annotated remix: that is, a version in which remixers can cite sources or add footnotes. McIntosh, who believes that a transparent citing of sources might strengthen fair use claims, also offering his code, skin, and design files to anyone who wants to use them.

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