700 number 1’s, round 2

The last time Marvel tried to give away free digital versions of 700 of their number one issues of series from over their full range of publishing history on ComiXology, the site crashed.  : P

Today is your last chance to try this once more, but this time you need to sign up for this digi-shopping free-for-all on ComiXology with an account on Marvel‘s site; then you and other lucky shoppers will get run of the store in waves, so as not to overwhelm their servers.   Full instructions here, from Newsarama.  Happy shopping!

Copyright to Make you Shiver

I had to give a presentation in class on copyright in the digital library world which was a pretty intimidating topic, so I was glad to find this neat resource from the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke University.

This comic, by James Boyle, Jennifer Jenkins and the late Keith Aoki who illustrated it, focuses on fair use of copyrighted materials in documentary filmmaking, but the lessons are still relevant for all of us as plain ol’ concerned citizens… (read it for free here, or consider paying to support their work.)

The CSPD celebrates Public Domain Day on January 1st, the day that materials’ copyrights expires and they enter the public domain.  However, in 2013 nothing entered the public domain, all thanks to aggressive campaigning on part of behemoths in the content industry to keep extending the length of their copyright.  As it stands now, a work is protected under copyright for 70 years after its creator’s death, so just about anything created in our lifetimes will only be public domain several generations later.  Pretty ridiculous…

EDIT: I almost forgot!  As testament to how much time I spend reading the funnies online, I included this little gem by Anthony Clark (aka Nedroid) in my presentation:

"The Internet" by Anthony Clark

Copyright Anthony Clark

Got some laughs, and speaks to the constant struggle of anyone who shares their work online to protect their IP from shameless thievery…   >: (

Marvel Mixer at ComiXology

Marvel announced over the weekend at SXSW that 700 first and one-shot issues from across their whole publishing history will be available for free download through ComiXology until 11pm eastern time on Tuesday.  I’m actually having some difficulty getting to ComiXology now, so may just be totally swamped.

Here’s an NYTimes article of this and Marvel‘s other new digital initiatives (and in what’s either a pure coincidence or some weird stab at cross-promotion, here’s a “Sunday Routine” NYTimes article with David Steinberger, CEO of ComiXology).

Happy downloading!

MIT, Music Conservatory…

Carmina Burana at New York City Opera

Carmina Burana at New York City Opera

If you’ve visited the Free Opera page at left, you may already know about the Free Music Archive, a huge repository of free, legal, music downloads put up by the creators themselves under Creative Commons licenses.  Their classical music offerings aren’t the most robust, and include lots of hard-to-classify newer music, but I recently discovered a full version of Carl Orff‘s perennial classic cantata, Carmina Burana, sung by the MIT Concert Choir.  Maybe not the best recording you could find, but a great resource regardless…

Carmina Burana by MIT Concert Choir on Free Music Archive

Carmina Burana is sort of on the boundaries of opera, but I know of at least two opera companies that have put it on, so that’s enough for me…  As for the MIT Concert Choir, they have plenty of other recordings available for free download (including full oratorios, requiems, and masses) on their website, so check them out!

Free Sheet Music for all my Players

Vilia : song / words by Adrian... Digital ID: g00c138_001. New York Public Library

I don’t know how many of you play an instrument, but hey, I don’t and I still think this is awesome!  Boosey & Hawkes is a huge publisher of classical sheet music, and you can set up a free account to access a wide swath of their sheet music online, including full operas!  Some intriguing options include lots of John Adams, Benjamin BrittenNed Rorem’s Our Town, Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar, and even Detlev Glanert’s Solaris, which just had its world premiere at Bregenz this July!  Definitely a fun site to poke around…