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Helping Maria’s Victims in Puerto Rico

We are grateful we survived Hurricane Irma and now it is time to give back. We hope more people will join us in supporting Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez’s organization, Somos Una Voz / We Are One Voice, in helping to get food and medicine to those in need.

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How to Help Harvey’s Victims

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Texas Gulf coast whose lives are being upended by the effects of his storm. Hurricane Harvey’s effects on the Texas coast are likely to be long-lasting.

Those of us watching from afar may feel helpless, but there are ways to help the victims of this massive storm.

Donate money

The best way to help Texans affected by disasters is to donate money to charitable agencies that are experienced in disaster relief, officials say.

Organizations such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army are trained to respond to disasters such as Harvey, which is pounding the Texas Gulf Coast.

“Right now the best thing people can do is donate money,” said Katrina Farmer, director of American Red Cross offices in San Angelo, Abilene and Wichita Falls, Texas cities far from the coastline. “This is going to be an expensive disaster.”

  • American Red Cross. To donate visit redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • The Salvation Army: To donate visit givesalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769.

Donate blood

Blood centers anticipate a shortage and are putting out urgent pleas for donations. The closure of blood banks and collection centers along the coast paired with likely injuries from the storm will stress existing supplies.

People wishing to donate blood should contact their local community’s Red Cross or check for blood banks in their area.

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National Library Week is Here!

April 9-15 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries TransformLibraries are more about doing than borrowing – more about connecting than simply plugging in – and your local librarian is your expert guide.

Whether you want to get involved in your community, find a job, start a business, or build your digital literacy skills, your library is the key to your transformation.

Visit your nearest library during National Library Week, or visit ILoveLibraries.org.

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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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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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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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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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The UK Government Tackles Copyright Education

Mike Weatherley MP’s Forward to his report on Copyright Education and Awareness begins:

Big BenThe UK is an Intellectual Property (IP) rich country: we are an IP exporting economy. Our creative industries, technology businesses and service sectors, plus many others, are all underpinned by intellectual capital. IP even helps pay for the services we all treasure. The importance of creating, respecting and promoting IP for both inward and outward investment could not be greater.

My role over the last year as IP Adviser to the Prime Minister has reinforced my view that tackling IP related infringement is a complex and multi-layered challenge. There is not one answer. I have been clear from the outset that I believe all solutions must be guided by three main principles:

  • Education – winning the ‘hearts and minds’ of consumers about the importance of protecting IP.
  • Carrot – industry must change their models to be attractive to consumers.
  • Stick – when all else fails, enforcement. This includes wider issues about compliance as well, for example what the Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Search Engines, Advertisers and banking sectors can do to assist with compliance.

MP Weatherly reached out to others for support in his efforts to educate Britains about Intellectual Property and Copyright law through the school systems.

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Intellectual property underpins our creative industries. It’s what our past success was built on and it’s what our future success depends on. We need to get the message across that if people value creativity – and most do – then it has to be paid for.

‘Education plays a vitally important role in changing people’s behaviour. By communicating the vital importance of copyright, not just to the success of our creative industries but to the many jobs these sectors will create, we hope to bring about behavioural change.

–Rt. Hon Sajid Javid MP,
Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport

Our future creators need to know how to protect their creative output and innovation. Our future economic wellbeing lies with them. Artists, designers, musicians, scientists and engineers all need to understand IP. We can make IP part of the school curriculum, especially in design and technology lessons.

–Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG,
Minister for Intellectual Property

“In a digital world understanding IP and its importance is absolutely essential for people of all ages and particularly those who have grown up in this new world. Education about these issues is key to that understanding.”

–Kevin Brennan, MP for Cardiff West,
Shadow Minister for Schools

“We need a culture change in how creators’ IP rights are respected. The most effective way we can do this is through imaginative education initiatives which show the direct impact of piracy on artists’ livelihoods and the positive way that upholding their copyright enables them to benefit us all.”

–Lord Tim Clement Jones
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for
Culture, Media and Sport in the House of Lords

“Intellectual Property is a simple concept with a complicated reputation: we encourage pupils to write stories, paint pictures, take photographs and put on plays, so it is a small step to understand that those creations may have a value to society and can be traded. It’s critical that we help creators understand their rights have real value at the earliest possible stage in life. Government, industry, schools and teachers, need to play their respective parts to the full. We are at risk of losing a generation of people who don’t comprehend their right to benefit from copies of their works, or recognise how valuable this can be for their and society’s future.”

–Crispin Hunt
General Secretary Featured Artist
Coalition, Songwriter, Musician, Producer

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. Learn more in our Pocket Copyright Guide for Publishers authored by Laura N. Gasaway and edited by Iris L. Hanney with a foreword by Tracey Armstrong.

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