Sunday links stripped-down

3rd August 2014

An offering including several compelling pieces about copyright (honest!). Apologies as usual to all those from whom I’ve taken tips without credit.

What’s left to discover today? Plenty: David Bordwell as richly interesting as ever.

L.A Plays Itself is finally coming to home video. Here’s how: Glenn Whipp for the Los Angeles Times on ‘fair use’, film clips and Thom Andersen’s 2003 video essay about the city in cinema.

• At least one real, athentic moment of humanity with Cameron Diaz: Alex Pappademas meets her for Grantland.

Concrete nostalgia, Southmere Estate, Thamesmead: Andrea Klettner goes on a day trip for

Bullying and hypocrisy – Andy Coulson’s reign at the News of the World: more from Nick Davies’ book Hack Attack.

Crime fiction: extraordinary journalism from Nicholas Schmidle for The New Yorker.

Gloomy pageant: Jeremy Harding on David Marquand’s new book about Britain, for London Review of Books.

How did Bob Dylan get so weird?: a long read from Bill Wyman for Vulture.

Ira Glass can’t relate to Shakespeare? Good: Holger Syme at disposito.

The Nether: not exactly a review (he hasn’t seen the show) but reflections on theatre and the virtual from Andrew Haydon at Postcards from the Gods.

The death of privacy: Alex Preston for the Observer.

Ways of knowing: Robert Pippin on the humanities in American universities.

The ephemeral ebook library: fascinating piece from Sharon Farb and Sean Johnson Andrews about the ‘first sale doctrine’ and ebooks.

The networked catalog: Matt Miller for the New York Public Library.

Lawsuit filed to prove Happy Birthday is in the public domain; demands Warner pay back millions of license fees: … and another compelling piece about copyright, from Mike Masnick at TechDirt.

Victory – format shifting and parody clear last hurdle: more on recent developments over copyright, from Javier Ruiz at the Open Rights Group.

The American room: Paul Ford on another way of looking at the spaces of the States on YouTube.

How the Commonwealth Games is helping define the future of broadcasting: Brendon Crowther at the BBC R&D blog…

The network behind the R&D 2014 Commonwealth Games showcase: and this from the same blog but from Martin Nicholson.

Image: Summer Day (detail), Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch, c. 1870 – c. 1903, with thanks to the Rijksmuseum’s wonderful policy of allowing images from its collection to be shared and used. As for the choice… why not?

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