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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 513.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Chris Powell <sooty@umich.edu> (55)
Subject: New additions to the American Verse Project

[2] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (7)
Subject: Word Translator

[3] From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (22)

[4] From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (33)
Subject: Good Copyright Article

Date: Wed, 14 Jan 1998 14:06:02 -0500 (EST)
From: Chris Powell <sooty@umich.edu>
Subject: New additions to the American Verse Project

The Humanities Text Initiative at the University of Michigan is pleased to
announce the addition of 35 new texts to the American Verse Project. Works
by little-known women and African-American authors not contained in other
electronic text collections have been added, as have works by well-known
authors such as Emily Dickinson.

The American Verse Project is a collaborative project between the University
of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative (HTI) and the University of Michigan
Press. The project is assembling an electronic archive of volumes of American
poetry prior to 1920. The full text of each volume of poetry is being
converted into digital form and coded in Standard Generalized Mark-up
Language (SGML) using the TEI Guidelines. The texts are searchable and
can be viewed in HTML as well as SGML.

The American Verse Project is located at


A complete list of added texts follows:

American Female Poets
Anthology of magazine verse for 1920 and year book of american poetry / edited by William Stanley Braithwaite
Anti-slavery poems : songs of labor and reform / by John Greenleaf Whittier
April airs : a book of New England lyrics / Bliss Carman
Ballads : patriotic & romantic / by Clinton Scollard
Ballads and lyrics / by Bliss Carman
Candle and the flame : poems / by George Sylvester Viereck
Complete poetical works of John Hay / [by John Hay] ; with an introd. by Clarence L. Hay
Cup of comus : fact and fancy / by Madison Cawein
Downing legends : stories in rhyme / J. W. DeForest
Earth deities and other rhythmic masques / by Bliss Carman and Mary Perry King
Echoes from Vagabondia / Bliss Carman
Farm ballads / by Will Carleton
Farm festivals / by Will Carleton
Idyl of the South / Albery A. Whitman
Illustrated poems / by L. H. Sigourney ; with designs by Felix O.C. Darley
Lays for the sabbath : a collection of religious poetry / compiled by Emily Taylor ; revised, with additions, by John Pierpont
Lyric bough / Clinton Scollard
Lyrics of joy / by Frank Dempster Sherman
New pastoral / by Thomas Buchanan Read
Ode on the sailing of our troops for France / by John Jay Chapman
Passing show : five modern plays in verse / by Harriet Monroe
Poems (Series 2) / by Emily Dickinson
Poems (Series 3) / by Emily Dickinson
Poems / by Madison Cawein ; with a foreward by William Dean Howells
Poems and sonnets of Louise Chandler Moulton / [by Louise Chandler Moulton]
Poems of Emma Lazarus. Vol. 2, Jewish poems : translations
Poems of Emma Lazarus. Vol. I, narrative, lyric and dramatic
Poems, 1899-1902 / George Cabot Lodge
Pro patria : verses chiefly patriotic / Clinton Scollard
Rape of Florida / by Albery A. Whitman
Southern flight / Frank Dempster Sherman, Clinton Scollard
Verse / Adelaide Crapsey
Voice on the wind and other poems / by Madison Cawein
Wild cherry / by Lizette Woodworth Reese

Christina Powell
Coordinator, Humanities Text Intiative
University of Michigan

Date: Wed, 14 Jan 1998 15:34:38 -0500 (EST)
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
Subject: Word Translator

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Date: Wed, 14 Jan 1998 15:46:13 -0500
From: David Green <david@ninch.org>

January 14, 1998


I know you all probably know this but...

I've just come across two appeals recently to write to the FCC in order to
prevent the phone companies imposing per-minute charges for Internet
Service Providers. I thought this was wrong and checked the FCC page. At
<http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Factsheets/ispfact.html> I found
this and reproduce it below, just in case any of you are confused:


"In December 1996, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requested
public comment on issues relating to the charges that Internet Service
Providers (ISPs) and similar companies pay to local telephone companies. On
May 7, 1997, the FCC decided to leave the existing rate structure in place.
In other words, the FCC decided not to allow local telephone companies to
impose per-minute access charged on ISPs.

Please Note: There is no open comment period in this proceeding. If you
have recently seen a message on the Internet stating that in response to
a request from local telephone companies, the FCC is requesting comments to
<isp@fcc.gov> by February 1998, be aware that this information
is inaccurate."

There is more information on this page should you be interested.

David Green

Date: Thu, 15 Jan 1998 10:18:42 -0500
From: David Green <david@ninch.org>
Subject: Good Copyright Article

January 15, 1998

by David Loundy,
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
January 8, 1998, p.5.

A good, clear, short article about current copyright law, focusing on why
the Boucher-Campbell, "Digital Era Copyright Enhancement Act" (H. R. 3048)
is "one of the best pieces of proposed digital technology legislation" can
be found at the web site of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

David Loundy explains why the Boucher-Campbell Bill is so superior to other
competing bills:

"1. It shows an understanding of the technology;
2. It shows an understanding of the law and how it applies to the
technology; and
3. It attempts to strike a balance between the rights of intellectual
property owners and intellectual property users."

Loundy counterposes what he calls the reasonable and sensible approach of
H. R. 3048 with other legislation, such as the recently enacted "No
Electronic Theft Act" (The NET Act-- H.R. 2265). This, as other pieces of
proposed legislation go overboard in their protection of owners' rights on
the Internet, forsaking the traditional calibration of checks and balances
of existing Copyright Law:

"I have long claimed that the Copyright Act contains some legitimate holes
to be filled when the law is applied to a digital context. Unfortunately,
too much of the resulting legislation is reactionary and poorly considered.
While the Digital Copyright Enhancement Act is a refreshingly informed and
balanced attempt to fill some of these holes, why is it that Congress
always seems to be most excited about mistakes such as the NET Act?"

I recommend your reading this article. Thanks to Pamela Samuelson and Peter
Jaszi for the citation.

David Green

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