American Association of Publishers Supports Sklyarov Prosecution

Pat Schroeder and company weigh in:

In the AAP\'s announcement, released July 19, president and CEO Patricia Schroeder hailed Sklyarov\'s arrest as consistent with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, which prohibits the manufacture or distribution of tools designed to circumvent technological protections on copyrighted material. \"It\'s only common sense to expect that, if the public wants desirable books to be available online and through other digital media like the Adobe Reader, the authors and publishers who have the legal rights to commercially exploit such works in the global digital marketplace must have reasonable assurances that the market value of their works can be protected from the extraordinary risks of illegal reproduction and distribution that are made possible by the capabilities of digital media,\" said Schroeder. \"Congress understood this when it enacted the DMCA to help promote the online availability of copyrighted works.\"

This article and an editorial on the case are available at eBookWeb.

A Library to End All Libraries?

I\'m sure Stephen H. Wildstrom didn\'t give that title as much thought as he should have, or maybe he did.
His Story in Businessweek is about how publishers are developing a system for locating and retrieving material on the Web--especially the sort of copyright works now found mostly in libraries.

They call it the Digital Object Identifier for eBooks, The DOI consists of two parts: a prefix that identifies the publisher, and a publisher-created suffix unique to the work.

The project is also part of a much broader effort to make Web content easier to locate and retrieve. While books are just starting to join the system, there are 3 million DOIs in use giving live cross-references in online academic and professional journals.

Check it out for yourself at


Jail Break Librarian Going To Jail

Jon Noble writes \"Librarian Lucy Dudko has been jailed for a maximum of ten years after she hijacked a helicopter at gunpoint to pluck her armed robber lover from prison.
Lucy Dudko, a 43-year-old librarian whose father is a Russian military helicopter pilot, was convicted earlier this year of breaking out armed robber John Killick from Silverwater jail on March 25, 1999.

Ms Dudko maintains her innocence and intends to appeal\"

Full Story


Wish I May, Wish I Might...

ResPool writes \"The ResPool Research Network, a free research and resource discovery service for librarians and researchers, has announced it is introducing a new feature called \"The Wish List,\" where users can anonymously submit suggestions for information resources that don\'t yet exist but should be developed. Volunteer web developers in and beyond the library community will review the list and, upon finding a project they like or have expertise in, create free resources based on suggestions and make resulting websites available to users worldwide. For more details visit the ResPool home page and click on \"The Wish List\" link. It promises to be a \"gratifying experience.\"


Adobe Sez Oops

Adobe and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today jointly recommend the release of Russian programmer Dmitry
Sklyarov from federal custody.

Adobe is also withdrawing its support for the criminal
complaint against Dmitry Sklyarov. I guess I\'ll buy Photoshop 6 after all.

Read the Full Release.
Props to /.

See also this Story sent in by Dawn Devine.


Children\'s Internet Protection Act May See A Court

Wired Is Reporting the coalition of public libraries, library patrons and website operators that filed the challenge in March against the Children\'s Internet Protection Act of 2000 may get its\' day in court, next February.

The Justice Department, which is representing
the Federal Communications Commission and
the Institute of Museum and Library Services
in the suit, asked a federal court in
Philadelphia to dismiss the case saying the
challenge is without merit.

They must be too busy praying in the office to have the time to actually defend this one.

\"\"There are a zillion issues here,\" Chief Judge
Edward Becker of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals told a team of Justice Department attorneys during
an hour-long hearing.\"


Bush recommends Reading

Ron Force writes \"From the Washington Post:

Wisdom From Across the Pond
The British coverage of President Bush\'s visit to London last week could have been better. Here\'s the London Daily Mirror on Friday: \"On a visit to the British Museum he was asked by one of 30 pupils gathered what the White House was like, to which he replied: \'It is white.\'

\"Then he went on to tell the audience the importance of a good education. He said: \'Sometimes boys and girls would rather watch TV than read. When your teachers say read, they are giving you pretty damn good advice.\' \"

Full Story\"

Another dangerous library

Theresa Westrup passed along This Wild Story on a man who got car jacked while leaving the library in Mankato, MN.

Two hours later the car jacker dropped his pellet gun and gave him self up.
No word on the books.


First map to use the name America heads for the US

Charles Davis writes \"The first map to use the name America is heading for the
Library of Congress.
It is buying the 394-year-old chart for $10 million.
It\'s the only known copy of a map that historians say caused
the hemisphere to be named after explorer Amerigo
Vespucci instead of Columbus.
James H Billington, the librarian of Congress, commented:
\"This map, giving our hemisphere its name for the first time,
will be the crown jewel of the library\'s already unparalleled
collection of maps an atlases.\"
he map is often referred to as America\'s birth certificate.

Full story. \"


Digital Content Vendors and Academic Libraries

Despite its lazy title, this article (from the latest issue of University Business) appears to be an intelligent survey of the companies seeking to sell digital content to academic libraries:

If there is one institution on a college campus that has never faced outside competition, it is the library. Cafeterias and snack bars lose customers to local pizza joints, and the bookstore continually fights various off-campus and online rivals. Even the classroom has commercial competitors. But the great book depository in the center of campus has always rested easy. When students needed to research and write term papers—or when faculty members planned reading lists and put books on reserve—the library was the only game in town. Until now. A half-dozen companies would like to undermine the library\'s monopoly. Styling themselves as digital libraries, course-pack providers, content aggregators, and research guides, they offer a variety of products aimed at students at all levels. None intend to replace the library, of course, but the firms are positioning themselves as purveyors of supplemental services of digital content that libraries do not provide.

There is also an interesting sidebar on the African Digital Library

Anti-Adobe Protestors Take to the Streets

\"Free Dmitri Sklyarov!\" was the rallying cry at protests held around the U.S. today. has information on the protests and the condition of the jailed Russian programmer.

The Adobe/Elcomsoft battle is receiving a huge amount of attention in programming and copyright law circles. The New York Times suggests it is catalyzing resistance to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act:

The arrest last week of a Russian programmer accused of violating an American digital copyright law has stirred an opposition, both against the law itself and Adobe Systems, the software company that initiated the case against the programmer. The Russian, Dmitri Sklyarov, was arrested last Monday at a computer hacker convention in Las Vegas, where he made a presentation about the security flaws in the encryption software, like Adobe\'s, used to prevent the piracy of electronic books. Mr. Sklyarov, who is being held in a Las Vegas jail, was detained under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, which makes it a crime to traffic in devices, like software, that circumvent digital encryption. Violations are punishable by as much as five years in prison and a $500,000 fine. (More)

ALA Speaks Out Against Sale of .us Domain

The ALA has joined the howl of protest against the National Telecommunications and Information Administration\'s plan to sell off the .us domain to the highest bidder:

Libraries, in particular, are worried about the repercussions. Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association\'s Washington office, is concerned about restrictions a private company might place on the sites. She fears they might face problems with sharing copyrighted information provided through databases or get into costly legal battles over providing library users electronic-books. \'\'They have to answer to their stockholders,\'\' she said of the bidders. \'\'They\'re going to make a decision that makes business sense to them.\'\' (More from the Boston Globe.)


OK, I was wrong . . .

. . .Planet eBook
isn\'t the last word in E-Book news - As of Sunday, they hadn\'t posted anything about THIS interesting development in the Elcomsoft/Adobe case:

An interview on the Elcomsoft site in Russian has revealed a close relationship between the firm whose employee was put in jail Monday and the FBI.
According to the Russian language interview with Alexander Katalov, president of Elcomsoft and an ex-KGB operative himself, his firm had performed work for the FBI itself. . .
(More from The Inquirer.)

Elcomsoft appears to think these connections may help them spring Dmitry Sklyarov. You can find the full interview in Russian here, and keep an eye on the Electronic Frontier Foundation site for up-to-the-minute news. Thanks to Slashdot.

Attack of the Masked Cyberdudes

Melba Tomeo writes \"New York Times Magazine cover story \"Attack of the Masked Cyberdudes\" on 15-year old, who posed as a legal expert at and gained a #3 rating. He gained his legal \"knowledge\" by watching Court TV and Judge Judy. A very provocative and well-written story, with some fascinating insight on the internet phenomenon. The NY Times requires registration but, this is the link I have
The story was in the July 15, 2001 NY Times Magazine. \"

There\'s also a Panel Discussion: \'Faking It\'


Libraries Are Getting Dangerous

Yesterday it was reported that a library worker was badly burned at the Detroit Public Library. Today, it\'s being reported that a worker was killed after being electrocuted at the Culver-Union Public Library in Culver, IN. [more...]


Librarians, Others On Strike in CA

For The LA Times, Tina Dirmann writes...

\"Chanting \"scabs go home!\" to fellow workers who remained on the job, striking Ventura County government employees continued to disrupt public services Thursday and announced that their initial two-day walkout would continue into early next week. Meanwhile, county officials braced for an extended strike that is already taking a toll on child protective services, public libraries, building permitting and agricultural inspections.\" [more...] If you thought that one was fun and informative, here\'s another one. from The Daily News.


Salt Lake County Library Board Picks Own Chairman

Tanya writes \"Interesting news. I\'m not sure what I think about this, but it seems a bit strange. The Salt Lake County Library Board has hired its own Chairman to direct the library system.
Read the Full story \"

He ain\'t got no MLS. A 1979 geology and environmental science graduate of Mesa College in Grand Junction, Colo., Cooper has more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors.

The fine folks at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County have set up, a very cool site devoted to story time at the library.

StoryPlace, an interactive web site, came about to provide children with the virtual experience of going to the library and participating in the same types of activities the library offers. In the summer of 1999, a team of Children\'s Librarians and Specialists got together with in-house web developers to begin development on this exciting site. In the Spring of 2000, StoryPlace premiered with it\'s first section, the Pre-School Library, completed.

StoryPlace currently consists of two libraries, the Preschool Library and Elementary Library with new activities and themes being added each month


Et Tu Yahoo?

I accidently turned off my pop-up killer this morning, and noticed that even Yahoo is running those stupid pop-up ads now.

If you surf the web as much as I do, you should be running something extra to help cut all the crap out of sites you don\'t want to deal with.

Below I have links to a bunch of handy dandy little programs that block ads and cookies, and kill those annoying pop-up ads that seem to be everywhere.
If you\'re not already running something, give one a try, they are all free, and really make things much nicer.If you know of others, feel free to tack them on to the list!


Nashville\'s New Age Library

From The Times Union, Douglas Filaroski writes...

\"A coffee shop with latte and cappuccino. Big overstuffed chairs near the John Grisham novels. Internet portals for laptops. Walls of artwork. This is not the newest trendy cafe, or one of those warehouse bookstores. This is today\'s modern public library, in this case a 300,000-square-foot building in Nashville, Tenn., that is part museum, part cafe, computer center, conference hall, theater and a place to borrow books.\" [more...]



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