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January 31, 2014

Another attempt at implementing CCAP legislation

In the most recent attempt to give CCAP (Wisconsin's online record system for circuit courts) a facelift, a new bill is being considered by the legislature. This time, the bill was introduced by Republican senator Glenn Grothman and Republican representative Mary Czaja and has initially found some support in both the Assembly and Senate.

If the bill passes, the State Court's office would be required to remove any information about felony cases on CCAP within 120 days of receiving notice that the charges were dismissed or the defendant was found not guilty. The same goes for civil forfeiture cases, except the window is reduced to 90 days.

As always, any legislation that attempts to remove information from CCAP may run into resistance. Previous CCAP legislation has lost support in the face of protests that range from land lords to law enforcement that support CCAP in it's current incarnation and would prefer that no information is removed.

It remains to be seen if this most recent bill will gain further traction. If you'd like to read the full text of the bill, click here.

January 14, 2014

Google Images - Search by Image and Usage Rights

Google Images is a great tool for finding useful photos and graphics on the web.

Did you know that instead of searching for images by keywords, you can search by an image to find similar images? You can either use a photo from the web or upload your own. For more, see this video from Google.

Google has also made it easier to filter your results by the type of usage rights assigned to the image. This is helpful when you want to limit your search to just those images that you can use on your website or presentation.

To filter, run a search then click "Search Tools" on the results page. There is now a drop-down for usage rights. Your options are "not filtered by license", "labeled for reuse", "labeled for commercial reuse", "labeled for reuse with modification", and "labeled for commercial reuse of modification".

For more info on the usage rights filter, see Search Engine Watch.