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News for Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004

* Publishers Sue Printing Services Over Uses of Digital Content
* 2004 “Codie” Software Award Finalists in Higher Ed Picked
* Paul Allen’s Digital Aristotle Project Moves Ahead
* Colorado Schools Receive $7 Million Equipment, Cash Grant
* Student Wins Lawsuit in Domain Name Suppression Case

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Publishers Sue Printing Services Over Uses of Digital Content

Six publishers have filed a copyright infringement suit against
Samuel Odunsi and Austin-based BISI Inc., the owners and
operators of Netpaks, Abel’s Copies and Speedway Copying. The
University of Chicago Press, Princeton University Press,
Elsevier Inc., Pearson Education Inc., John Wiley & Sons Inc.
and SAGE Publications allege that the printing services
routinely duplicated and distributed copyrighted materials
without obtaining permission from the publishers directly or
through Copyright Clearance Center. The publishers’ complaint
was filed recently in the U.S. District Court for the Western
District of Texas in Austin.

While recent enforcement in the text publishing have focused on
print coursepack distribution, the allegations against Odunsi
include copyright infringement of electronic content. The suit
alleges that Abel’s Copies and Speedway Copying illegally
distributed print coursepacks, while Netpaks offered online
versions of the content without obtaining copyright permission.
“It makes no difference whether the content is reproduced and
distributed as photocopies, or as digital copies accessed and
transmitted via the World Wide Web,” said Allan Adler, vice
president for Legal and Governmental Affairs for the
Association of American Publishers. “Businesses must recognize
that permission is required for commercial distribution of
copyright-protected content, regardless of format.”

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2004 “Codie” Award Finalists in Higher Ed Picked

The finalists of the 2004 “Codie” Awards, established by the
Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), have been
announced. The Codies are a peer-recognition program, providing
a rare opportunity for companies to vie for the praise of their
competitors. Winners will be announced on May 18th. In the
category of Best Post-Secondary Educational Instruction
Solution, the finalists are:

-- ALEKS, from ALEKS Corp./McGraw-Hill Higher Education

An online instructional system that uses assessment of student
knowledge to enable targeted learning.

-- Advanced Listening, from DynEd International, Inc.

A strategy-based listening course for advanced ESL/EFL students.
The course features lectures from Stanford U. lecturers.
Specifically developed for high-level listening and note-taking

-- Sanako Lounge, from Sanako Corp.

A Web-based solution that facilitates teaching and learning
using media usually available only in the classroom. Enables
tutors to use voice interaction with students, as well as chat
and message boards.

-- EndNote, from Thomson ISI ResearchSoft

Enables researchers, students and librarians to search databases,
organize references and create quick bibliographies.

-- Reel Society from WILL Interactive, Inc./McGraw-Hill Higher

Interactive training solution that uses “slice-of-life”
film-making and gaming techniques to teach sociology at the
college level.

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Paul Allen’s Digital Aristotle Project Moves Ahead

Vulcan Inc., parent company for Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul
Allen's investments and philanthropy, announced phase II of
Project Halo, a staged, long-term research and development
initiative to develop a "Digital Aristotle" -- an application
capable of answering questions and solving advanced problems in
a wide range of scientific disciplines. The Digital Aristotle
is being developed as a tutor capable of instructing and
assessing students in the sciences, and as a research assistant
with broad, interdisciplinary skills to help scientists in
their work.

Halo's approach is a document-rooted methodology, where chemists,
biologists and physicists use existing documents, such as
textbooks, to create knowledge modules. Tying knowledge modules
to documents establishes the scope, context, and type of
questions they can answer, as well as the depth and resolution
of their answers. The goal of Phase II is to determine the
feasibility of building such tools within a reasonable
timeframe and the likelihood of their adoption by the scientific

Colorado Schools Receive $7 Million Equipment, Cash Grant

Several colleges and universities in Colorado have received up
to $7 million in computer equipment, services and cash from the
Colorado Institute of Technology in a program that seeks to
advance Colorado's efforts in technology education and research
and to establish the state as leader in technology innovation.
$300,000 of the awards is in cash, the balance in equipment and
services donated by Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Hitachi Data
Systems, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems.

In this first of two rounds of grants in the Colorado Institute
of Technology (CIT) Equipment Program, grants were made to
programs that will support the development of a statewide grid
computing initiative, along with new curriculum in bioinformatics,
homeland security, digital media, and various other technology
areas for students in the colleges and universities of Colorado.

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Student Wins Lawsuit in Domain Name Suppression Case

A college student recently won an Internet trademark lawsuit
that had been initiated by a Florida university, Full Sail,
Inc. The university sued the student in an attempt to shut down
his Web site – -- and to obtain financial
compensation for damages that allegedly resulted from the
operation of the site and the posting of students' criticism
of the school. The lawsuit was dismissed and a legal proceeding
before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was
decided in favor of the student. The university has appealed
the decision.

The student, Ryan Spevack, remarked, "It is amazing that a
university in this country is trying to punish me for
exercising my first amendment right of freedom of speech.
People should be able to speak out and even criticize institutions.
Isn't this one of the freedoms that our soldiers in Iraq are
fighting for? As a student myself, I want young people to
understand that it is important to choose your school carefully.
I consider the decision in the WIPO case to be a very important
victory for the rights of domain owners and for freedom of
speech on the Internet. I am also glad that the judge dismissed
Full Sail's civil lawsuit against me and my former Web hosting
company that had nothing to do with my Web site or its content.
Companies with lots of money just want to bully critics."

The domain name dispute decision issued by the World Intellectual
Property Organization is:

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