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Submission + - Music Industry Argues Works Entering Public Domain Are Not in Public Interest (michaelgeist.ca)

An anonymous reader writes: With news that Canada intends to extend the term of copyright for sound recordings and performers, the recording industry is now pushing the change by arguing that works entering the public domain is not in the public interest. It is hard to see how anyone can credibly claim that works are "lost" to the public domain and that the public interest in not served by increased public access, but if anyone would make the claim, it would be the recording industry.

Submission + - Should Billionaire-Backed Code.org Pay Its Interns?

theodp writes: Code.org's Corporate and Founding Donors page reads like a Who's Who of the world's wealthiest corporations and individuals. But a job posting entitled Marketing / Communications Intern (Seattle only, part-time, unpaid, Sept-Dec) (screenshot) makes it clear that no portion of the tax-deductible donations will trickle down to the successful candidate, who will be required to put in an unpaid 10-20 hours/week "under pressure" in a "fast-paced environment" for four months "assisting marketing efforts for December’s global Hour of Code campaign, coordinating prize packages, managing partner commitments and events in databases and researching media prospects." So, does this count as one of the "high-paying jobs" provided by the computing revolution that Code.org supporters told California Governor Jerry Brown about last May in a letter touting the Hour of Code? Perhaps Code.org is just trying to be frugal — after all, it's requiring K-12 teachers from school districts in Chicago, New York City, Boston, and Seattle to report to the presumably rent-free offices of Corporate Donors Google, Microsoft, and Amazon to be re-educated on how Computer Science should be taught.
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Submission + - Official State Microbes (scienceblogs.com)

quaith writes: "It's a slow news day, so why not waste time proposing official state microbes. This list is inspired by the fact that in December, Wisconsin passed a bill giving their high honor to Lactococcus Lactis, the microbe that turns milk into cheese. There's eleven suggestions so far. The list is growing, but there's still time to make sure your state gets represented. On the Oscillator blog by Christina Agapakis"

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