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Last week CCN received its first formal complain of copyright infringement.
The name of the IP or the company is irrelevant, the situation has been
dealt with and everything seems to be fine now but I don't know how to
stress this enough:
- Copyright is LAW.
The last thing we want at this point (or any point for that matter) is a
costly judicial process. I can think of a couple of other things to do
with the extra(?) money. Modems, come to mind.
At the same time, even if we are succesfull to avoid a judicial process,
those complains have to be dealt with. Meaning, our volunteers' time has
to be diverted from whatever they were doing to deal with a more
urgent situation. I can assure you, they don't need that.
Please, and this is valid for IPs and users, make sure you're not using
copyrighted material in your pages and if you are, notify the copyright
owners and ask for their permission.
You can read September's
article on copyright if you want to know more.
We need an editor for this column. At least to keep track of deadlines
and make sure we have something lined up in time.
So we don't to have to come up with a column, after the deadline...
If you like to write and/or read, this would be a great place to horne
your skills and help your community.
As you can see the articles are short and straight forward. This also
means there are lots of room for improvement.
Minutes -- CCN Editors - February 05 - 1996
- Place: The Daily Grind, Spring Garden Rd., Halifax, N.S.
- Time: 5:30 pm
- Chair: Ben Armstrong
Gerard takes the floor:
- Meeting called to order. Coffee cups in hand. Introductions.
- Present were:
- Ed Dyer, Gerard MacNeil, Janet MacKay, Matthew Wulfman, Carol Sin,
Ben Armstrong, Carlos Freitas, Doug Guptill, Bernard Tremblay,
Blaine Murphy, Peter Mortimer, Jan Fullerton, Chris Majka
Sandy Sutherland, David Potter (apologies in advance for omissions:
attendance was not taken, this is from memory)
- agenda passed around.
- sacrificial minute-taking "volunteer" chosen (Doug Guptill)
- CCN has been a success.
- What is CCN now? What is its plan for the future?
- Policies/procedures were developed in an ad hoc manner, to meet
requirements as they came up. CCN has now grown to the point where internal
structural changes are required due to the large volume of activity. This
is aggravated by the fact that Gerard can now devote only half his time to
CCN. He wants to concentrate his efforts on IP management (user access) and
IP tools. He wants to stay technical, and hand over the policy decisions to
another body/person. Possible structure:
in which the IP committee makes policy decisions.
- system persons <-> IP committee <-> IPs
- There is a need to formalise and streamline the IP approval process.
There is the issue of who gets access, and what kind of access (read or
read/write) to the IP Data Base. Some information there is sensitive, not
public, and needs to be protected.
- There is one command which creates an IP which is currently run by
- The procedure which installs an IP page needs work. It actually changes
the submitted page. If the procedure croaks before finishing, manual
intervention is required to undo those changes.
- The functionality of RCS is not being fully utilised.
- relative links to other pages are now long, and must be created by hand.
Would be nice to have a non-manual way to do this.
- Wants to give 2 "standard" mailing lists automatically to each IP
upon creation: one public, one private. For now each IP requests
their own as needed.
- Each IP page should be "well-integrated", i.e. It should have a standard
button bar at the bottom, with a link back to the CCN home page.
- a copy of the [go ip] pages are passed around.
- the online IP approval form needs to be fixed up. Default
directory/classification? How to tell of the agreement has been received?
- There should be a standard IP page template. Each page on CCN should have
something which identifies it as a CCN page. a copy of IPTemplate.html is
passed around. Consider this to be approved as the standard, except the
"comments button" should be replaced with a "contacts button".
- agreement is reached not to pursue an "up button"
- some discussion of "search pages" vs "access pages" ?
(Minute-taker's note: In print media, an editor only needs to look at
submissions once: before it gets printed. However the IP information is
(potentially) ever-changing. Perhaps the job of editor needs to
be adjusted? Perhaps an editor should *regularly* inspect all the IP pages
he/she is responsible for?)
- all have IP training? Most seem to have. Some don't, but are in
the process of getting it.
- all prospective editors should subscribe to the editors mailing list.
- IP applications need to be responded to. The IP should be involved in the
classification selection. Cross-list sometimes.
- Ask ccn-ip about status of application. CCN-IP members have access to
the IP database. Should be keeping it up-to-date in the process.
- Ensure all pages adhere to the standard. The standard button bar should
be at the bottom. Other button bars can be there, but should be visually
Closing discussion (Ben)
- contacts file: standard name proposed: name_contacts.html (e.g.
SciEnvTech_contacts.html for the SciEnvTech.html page)
- discussion of new CCN home page/directory structure.
- In long names, use underscore instead of dot, so as not to confuse
operating systems like DOS and VMS.
- check out Ben's account (~aa458/ccnStuff) for proposed standards.
Meeting adjourned 7:20 pm
- What does an editor do?
- Next meeting will be shorter, date/time TBA on "editors" mailing list
- watch for discussion on the mailing list.
6 Feb 96
sacrificial volunteer (aa686@ccn·cs·dal·ca)
corrections and additions requested.
Doug Guptill e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org voice &
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