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Happy Holidays from Unlimited Priorities

Because the goodwill of those we serve is the foundation of our success,
there is no time more fitting than now to say Thank You!

Merry Christmas

We wish you a happy holiday season, a merry Christmas, and a new year full of health, happiness and prosperity.

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Unlimited Priorities LLC Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Cape Coral, FL (October 13, 2015) – Unlimited Priorities LLC, a firm specializing in support for small and medium-size companies in the information and publishing industries – as well as libraries, associations and other institutions – proudly celebrates its 10th anniversary.

More than three decades spent in the information industry provided Iris L. Hanney, then President of an Information Publishing Group, an overview of all aspects of this community and the challenges faced by vendors, clients and libraries. Unlimited Priorities LLC was founded to assist smaller companies whose financial situations placed them at a disadvantage when competing with larger organizations. From sales and marketing support to administrative and production issues, the talents of its skilled group of professionals from all fields support all aspects of a company’s structure.

The Archival Initiatives Division (AID) provides assistance in content selection, rights ownership, project management, workflow analysis, production, distribution of converted content and interaction with commercial entities for university libraries and historical societies.

Providing support services over the years, Unlimited Priorities has:

  • Provided sales and marketing support
  • Established budget and forecasting protocols
  • Brokered the sale of companies
  • Negotiated cooperative agreements between vendors
  • Created an XML-based workflow system
  • Aided companies in becoming COUNTER compliant
  • Assisted libraries in monetizing special collections
  • Negotiated rights and permissions and content licensing
  • Negotiated publishing partnerships between libraries and vendors
  • Created of a Model Data Mining Agreement
  • Published Pocket Copyright Guide for Publishers

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Can you copyright a chicken sandwich?

Copyright laws can be tricky, especially when dealing with anything other than the typical copyrighted materials.

“Colón claims that SARCO violated his intellectual property rights for both the “recipe” of the Pechu Sandwich and the name of the item itself,” an appeal from the U. S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico says.”He asserts that the term Pechu Sandwich is a creative work, of which he is the author.

The suit might read to some like parody. But Colón saw little humor in the way things unfolded. The sandwich and its name were the products of his imagination, and he believed he was due $10 million dollars in damages.But those are millions the Puerto Rican chicken sandwich whisperer will never see. Last Friday, a U.S. appeals court panel ruled that sandwiches, especially unremarkable chicken sandwiches, are not copyrightable.

 Full story at Man tries to copyright a chicken sandwich,
learns that that’s completely ridiculous

Learn more about the ins and outs of copyright with our Pocket Copyright Guide for Publishers ebook.

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We hope to see you at ALA Annual 2015!

AC15_WereExhibitingWe hope to see you in the exhibit hall at ALA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco later this month.  You can find us in the Exhibit Hall at booth number 2107 in the Moscone Center’s South Hall  near the Post Office and the What’s Cooking @ ALA Stage.

With hundreds of exhibiting organizations and stages featuring the hottest authors, and numerous related fun events, the exhibit floor is an integral part of your learning, professional development, and networking that takes place at the conference.

Exhibit Hall Hours

June 26: Friday Opening Reception on the Exhibit Floor5:30pm – 7:00pm
June 27: Saturday9:00am – 5:00pm
June 28: Sunday9:00am – 4:00pm
June 29: Monday Exhibits Closing Events9:00am – 2:00pm

If you would like to stop by booth #2107 and talk about how we can help your organization grow, just drop Iris a line at iris.hanney@unlimitedpriorities.com.

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Copyright Clearance Center Launches RightFind™ XML for Mining

XML for Mining is built on the RightFind™ platform, CCC’s unique suite of cloud-based workflow solutions that offer immediate, easy access to a full range of STM peer-reviewed journal content.

Linguamatics I2E text mining software is the first third-party text mining platform integrated with RightFind XML for Mining; integrations with other third-party solutions are planned.Publishers participating in the offering include Springer Science+Business Media, Wiley, BMJ, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Taylor & Francis, SAGE, Cambridge University Press, American Diabetes Association, American Society for Nutrition, Future Medicine and more. The module is available to businesses through the sales teams of CCC and RightsDirect, CCC’s European subsidiary.Using RightFind XML for Mining, researchers will be able to identify articles associated with their research from publications to which they subscribe and from those that fall outside their subscriptions.

Learn more at: Copyright Clearance Center Launches Text Mining Solution

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Unlimited Priorities Coordinates with University of Chicago ARTFL Project on Conversion of Historic French Volumes

Cape Coral, FL (June 2, 2015) – The Archival Initiatives Division (AID) of Unlimited Priorities LLC®, a firm specializing in support services to the library and archives communities, has completed its work with the University of Chicago on the ARTFL Project’s latest conversion of French materials.

Denis Diderot (1713-1784) was a French philosopher, art critic and writer. This portion of the project involved the imaging and conversion of a selection of his individual works that the university did not have from the Lewinter edition, utilizing a TEI x Lite XML format. All pages within each volume were imaged, and the text was OCRed and then subjected to data entry, resulting in a 99.95% quality level.

The Encyclopédie méthodique par ordre des matières (“Methodical Encyclopedia by Order of Subject Matter”) was published between 1782 and 1832. This project consisted of text conversion via enhanced OCR processing, and the creation of images from plates contained on negative microfiche. The resultant images then underwent a cleanup process in order to achieve viable OCR.

Mark Olsen, Assistant Director of the ARTFL Project, commented on their ongoing relationship with Unlimited Priorities: “The ARTFL Project has worked with Unlimited Priorities for well over a decade on a variety of scholarly projects with widely divergent technical requirements and work processes. For one project, we required careful TEI compliant transcriptions of complex legal documentation from page images generated by a collaborating institution, while in another, we are working from microfiche materials to scan page images and generate automatically corrected OCR output.One of the great strengths of UP is their expertise which allows them adapt to our wide ranging requirements and to deliver cost effective solutions which directly benefit both our collaborators and our user community.”

Iris L. Hanney, Unlimited Priorities president, responded: “We relied on our extensive knowledge of data conversion as we faced the challenges presented by the ARTFL Project. Our experience with the vendor community allows us to ensure reliable outcomes, and we are pleased to have been able to apply this expertise to these ARTFL projects. We look forward to participating in additional projects as we continue to retain our position on the cutting edge of this technology.” Continue Reading →

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Thank You from the Hearts of the Hanneys!

May God bless and protect you!

Thank You!We are truly blessed with wonderful friends, community, colleagues and family.  All of us are united in a war we must wage every day, one we must not surrender to: the fight against cancer. How amazing is it to see how dramatically our lives can change in a day, an hour, a minute.  No one ever forgets the moment they hear the words, “You have cancer.”  We believe it renews our resolve to make the most of each moment and remember kindness to our fellow human beings.

We applaud and celebrate the survivors who give us constant hope.  We pray for those fighting for their lives and their strength.  We remember those we have lost.  We must continue to raise funds until we find a cure for this dreaded disease–we will win this battle–treatment and results improve every day!  We must never give up, no matter how hard the battle is that we must fight, sometimes just one hour at a time.

With your help, the ‘From the Hearts of the Hanney’s Campaign’ was able to present The American Cancer Society Relay for life with $20,386.00, totaling some $250,000 in funds raised to fight this disease over the course of the fifteen years we have been devoted to honoring Sam Rugoff and Gerry & Elizabeth Hanney, and so many others.

We are proud to live in a country where this type of fundraiser is possible.  We are proud of our friends, our family, our colleagues, our community, our pets–all who have helped make this possible, even if it meant a financial sacrifice for the greater good–regardless of the economy.  Strive for the words, “You are cured!” Thank you so much for doing the right thing and continuing to – save a life today!

Our love,

John & Iris & the Four P’s!

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Who owns the rights to Goebbels’ Diaries?

A Munich appeals court could Thursday rule in favor of the daughter of a Nazi grandee who is demanding a share of the revenues from a biography of Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s minister of propaganda.

“Goebbels” by Peter Longerich

“Goebbels” by Peter Longerich

The higher regional court will hold a hearing on the case about “Goebbels” by Peter Longerich, professor of modern German history at Royal Holloway, University of London. The judges could rule on the case the same day, said a court spokesman.

Cordula Schacht—daughter of Hjalmar Schacht, Adolf Hitler’s economics minister—claims to have inherited the copyright to Mr. Goebbels’ diaries, and to be entitled to royalties for the publication of any excerpts from them.

Ms. Schacht has so far only claimed a share of revenues from sales of the German version which has been on sale since 2010. The English-language version of the biography is due to hit shelves May 7.

More details at: Publisher Awaits Verdict on Quoting Goebbels’ Diaries – WSJ

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RELAY IS HERE – Help us reach $20,000!

080226005_RelayU_Hope_Theme_v1With the Relay for Life almost here – on April 24 – 25th this year – we are thrilled to have reached $17,911 and are really hoping to reach $20,000 so we can go out with a bang!

We have all lost so many – we honor John’s mom and dad – Gerry and Elisabeth Hanney – we honor every survivor who has fought this dreaded disease and won!!!  And we pray for everyone fighting the disease now.  Cancer seems to be at every corner we turn, but we must remember that even over the 15 years that we have been raising funds there have been tremendous strides – we are winning – and we need to keep fighting, keep raising awareness, keep raising money and keep up our faith and know that we will prevail!!!

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Planning for Copyright Permissions

Pocket Copyright Guide for Publishers This excerpt is from chapter three: Obtaining and Managing Copyright Permissions of Pocket Copyright Guide for Publishers. As copyright is the lifeblood of publishers, a basic knowledge of copyright law is crucial to working effectively with authors on such issues as transfers of copyright, terms of copyright, terminations and ownership.


Publishers deal with permissions to use copyrighted content on a daily basis. Chapter 3 addresses permissions to include portions of copyrighted books, articles, etc., in a publisher’s own works as well as granting permission to use works on which the publisher holds the copyright.

This chapter is broken down into tips on Obtaining Permissions as well as Granting Permissions.

OBTAINING PERMISSION

Including portions of others’ works in something that a publisher is producing likely requires permission in order to avoid infringement of the copyright. Recall, however, that not everything is subject to copyright protection such as facts, book titles, names of authors, etc. Further, not every use of a copyrighted work requires permission.

Who, What and When

Determining whom to contact for permission may be confusing since identifying who owns the rights to a copyrighted work is complicated. As a general rule, one is obligated to contact the rights holder, i.e., the individual or organization that owns the rights. For literary works, this is most often the publisher, but could be the author, the heirs of the author or an organization. A first step is to check the Copyright Office registration records.

Orphan Works

In the case of an orphan work, the copyright owner is either unknown or cannot be located. The 2006 U.S. Copyright Office Orphan Works study recommended that, after someone uses best practices to identify and locate the copyright holder but fails, if the person proceeds with the use of the work without permission, he/she would not be liable for damages.

Proof and Attribution

Attribution means including a statement that credits the author with writing the work. Failure to attribute may result in a plagiarism charge, plus it is not good business practice for a publisher to fail to credit an author for his/her work. Attribution does not substitute for permission to reproduce, however, and could even result in an infringement action.

Implied Licenses

Courts rely on the custom and practice of the community involved to determine the scope of an implied license. It is risky to rely on an implied license in a commercial setting rather than seeking permission.

GRANTING PERMISSION

Publishers also find themselves on the other side of the table when authors, other publishers, librarians and teachers approach them for permission to use portions of the works they have published. As a matter of business planning, publishers should develop clear policies on what types of permissions it will grant and which ones it will deny.

In-house Permissions Systems

To manage permissions in-house, publishers must dedicate staff time and effort to record permissions granted, handle royalties received, disburse the royalties to authors and others, and to ensure that similar requests are handled in the same manner. Today, computer systems can assist with this task, but still a system is required.

Use of a Royalty Collection Agency

Many publishers rely on the Copyright Clearance Center or iCopyright to manage copyright permissions for them. Both organizations have services for publishers that are discussed in Chapter 6.
 

Pocket Copyright Guide for Publishers by Laura N. Gasaway and edited by Iris Hanney contains information vital to the publishing community.

Learn more about how copyright law affects your work or order it now.

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