Archive for November 5th, 2008

Alain Badiou, November 6

November 5, 2008

Alain Badiou will be speaking at the Henry Street Settlement for the launch of Lacanian Ink #32.

“Is the word ‘Communism’ Forever Doomed?”

Date: Thursday, November 6

Location: Henry Street Settlement, Harry de Jur Playhouse
466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street)

Time: 7:00pm

With an introduction by Josefina Ayerza.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis, and the event is free.

Alain Badiou heads the International Center for the Study of Contemporary French Philosophy (CIEPFC) at the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris. For many years a Maoist, he remains a committed
political activist. In addition to several novels, plays, and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical works, including Being and Event, Theory of the Subject, Manifesto for Philosophy, Gilles Deleuze: The Clamour of Being and Handbook of Inaesthetics. In 2006, Badiou published Logics of Worlds, a
sequel fifteen years in the making to Being and Event. The English translation by Alberto Toscano will become available in November. After the election of Nicolas Sarkozy as the new French president, he wrote De quoi Sarkozy est-il le nom?, a polemical book that sparked much heated debate in France and elsewhere.

Alain Badiou enacts a return to full-blown philosophy, striking as a thunder into the morass of postmodernist sophisms and platitudes. His work aims at the very heart of politically correct radical intellectuals, undermining the foundations of their mode of life!
— Slavoj Zizek

Cyber Scholar Working Group, Nov 13

November 5, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Secret Lives of Robots.txt (Joris van Hoboken)
The Ethical Visions of Copyright Law (James Grimmelmann)
Yale University Libraries, Digital Technology, and Copyright (Charles Cronin, Melanie Dulong de Rosnay)

Thursday, November 13, 2008
Yale Law School
Room 129
6:00 ? 8:30 pm, pizza
6:30 ? 8:30 pm, presentations
Open to the public and pizza provided: RSVP to

Full Announcement, abstracts, and bios also here:

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The Secret Lives of Robots.txt: Sanctioning the Use of Robots Exclusion Protocols
Joris van Hoboken

Robots.txt is a simple but successful hack from the nineties that helps to mediate the relationship between websites and search engines. It is widely used but has never obtained an official status. Increasingly, courts, industry groups, and regulatory agencies, however, are seeking to tie legal implications to the use and existence of robots exclusion protocols. In this presentation I will discuss a few recent developments with regard to such legal sanctioning in the U.S. and in Europe and question the possible implications of these developments from the perspective of freedom of expression.

The Ethical Visions of Copyright Law
James Grimmelmann

Copyright law imagines a particular ethical ideal for the relationship between author and audience: mutually-respectful market exchange. Even opponents of expansive copyrights often frame arguments in terms of this ideal and deviations from it: “Don’t sue your customers” is merely the ethical mirror image of “Respect copyrights.” A more radical critique, one sometimes associated with the free software movement, looks at this relationship and sees not mutual respect but instead authors behaving badly. The ambiguity between these two critiques, one internal to copyright’s dominant ethical vision and one attacking the vision itself, explains some of the ambiguities surrounding the Creative Commons project.

Yale University Libraries, Digital Technology, and Copyright
Charles Cronin and Melanie Dulong de Rosnay

Charles will discuss his work toward an online resource designed to provide copyright “best practices” guidance for Yale librarians. The project aims to offer librarians swift analysis of, and advice about, the day-to-day copyright uncertainties of library work and thus help avoid the uncomfortable position librarians often find themselves in of having to make conservative determinations on copyright questions rather than exposing the University to risk of infringement liability.
And in conjunction with Charles Cronin’s presentation, Melanie Dulong de Rosnay will present “Building a Distance Learning Course on Copyright for Librarians: Objectives and Challenges” on the development of the project “Copyright for Librarians – A Distance Learning Course,” from requirements definition to the testing of a prototype, leading to the current review and final drafting phase and future implementation plans.