DMCA and Free Speech

The RIAA used the DMCA to stop a research project that involved hacking a watermarking technology promoted by the five major record labels. A few good stories to read up on this issue:

Is the RIAA running scared? from Salon says this move by the RIAA \"shows just how wary of free speech the recording industry has become\", but, this case could potentially undermine the widely disparaged DMCA.

Similar Story at the NY Times.

Wired calls it Another Stain on Copyright Law. \"Once again, the law intended to promote the distribution of content on the Internet has instead been used to restrict it.\"


\"Tin Drum\" legal fees OK\'d

The Oklahoma City Council finally decided Tuesday to
pay court-ordered legal fees for a man who sued after
police confiscated his rented videotape of \"The Tin
Drum\" because they believed it
contained child pornography.
Then they promptly forgot to actually authorize the
$143,047 payment. The city has now spent more than
$700,000 to settle the case.

James writes: \"The civic leaders have
dragged their collective feet for years, thereby fully
disclosing what fools they are. The reluctance to pay up
shows their ignorance and fundamentilst training in
that instead of paying for their lose, they continue to
keep the issue alive, perhaps hoping that god will take
pity on them and strike the ACLU and Michael Camfiled
dead and remove the \"sin\" of freedom to read and view
from Oklahoma City.\"

You can read more at the
Newspaper in America) The
Oklahoman Archives
aren\'t free, but there does
appear to be a number of stories on this subject. This
entire thing is just a sad joke.


On Library Services and Management

Judy Westbrook was kind enough to send along more
information on Robert S. Martin, just nominated to be
Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

He was in charge of this outsourcing study , \"The
Impact of Outsourcing and Privatization on Library
Services and Management\". The study examined in
detail outsourcing of cataloging, selection, and
management of library operations. They say they found
no evidence that outsourcing per se represents a threat
to library governance, or to the role of the library in
protecting the First Amendment rights of the public.


The most fascinating library buildings in world!

writes \"I recently returned from an
extensive trip last week to some European countries to
obtain routine outside photographs of the national
libraries, as part of my ongoing book project to update
the 1999 Internet version of the forthcoming Book of
Library Records

I was left dumbstruck for more than half an hour when I
made my first trip to the new Bibliothèques Nationale in
south Paris, having seen
the old building in central Paris many times before.

But on the way home, I realised a new entry for the book
project will be a great idea: The most fascinating library
buildings in the world

I will naturaly want the opinions of all librarians to be
paramount, and not just mine, so I have decided to ask
librarians to give me their
vote for the most fascinating library buildings in the
world. \"

Find out how you can vote.........


Tests no substitue for RIF

Ron Force writes
\"An editorial in the Spokane (WA)
Spokesman-Review decries the elimination of the
Reading is Fundamental program in the Bush
education budget. They contrast the $23 million spent
on distributing books with the proposed $350 million
for testing. \" Kids won\'t learn to love reading if Big
Brother merely hands them a test. How about giving
them good books?\"
Full Story \"


What if Filters Don\'t Work?

Ender writes:
\"Okay, so now that it\'s mandatory that governments (libraries)
use filters, can we (in conjunciton) with libraries start sueing the
pants off of all the corporations selling filters as selling defective
products? And after we kill all of them off, or they restrict
themselves to all non-government users, we sue the government for not
providing libraries with filters - as there is no effective market for
government filters...\"

So if libraries are required to install filters, and the law turns out to be constitutional, is there any kind of legal recourse a library would have if the filters screw things up?

I\'d love to hold Microsoft responsible when Windows crashes and destroys all my data, is this the same kind of thing? My car broke down, can I sue Chrysler?
Ultimatly who is responsible when something you are forced to use doesn\'t work? Who decides if they aren\'t working?


Roget\'s Thesaurus Wronged

There\'s a neat Audio Interview [You need Real Player] with author Simon Winchester over on NPR.

\"...who voices his frustration with the misuse of Roget\'s Thesaurus. Roget apparently never intended his book to be used for finding synonyms at all -- its creation was merely a game to pass the time. Winchester is author of the bestselling book, The Professor and the Madman. His article on Roget will appear in Atlantic magazine\".

I\'m pretty sure it\'s in the issue I have at home, so I think the article is already out.


the oldest overdue book

It was Amnesty Week at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh so Lucille Colamarino returned a book due on November 10, 1924, that is $12,500 in fines. She was awarded a calendar organizer as a joke and a crown and sash for returning the book. Full Story

Is there a record for the most overdue book ever returned?

free access to archived journals

In September this year, many scientists could stop sending in papers to journals and refuse to renew subscriptions to them in support of a plan to create a huge Public Library of Science on the internet. Two new stories.Publish Free or Perish from Scientific American.

The BBC also has Scientists threaten journal protest.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A review in The New Republic begins:

\"Some children dream of becoming astronauts when they grow up; others dream of becoming librarians. A.S. Byatt\'s characters fall into the second category...\"


Filtering Quickies says Web porno problem for library . A concerned mother collected 300 signatures to get a single filter installed.

Southbendtribune has Library official: filters don\'t work in which Cass District Library Director M.E. Harper there\'s not a problem in the first place [with porn in the library].

Installing Internet filters seen as problem is from MI, where they cover CIPA from the libraries view.

This Story covers a few companies that make different kinds of filters.


Libraries in a Digital and Aggressively Copyrighted World

Ann Bartow has written an intersting Paper that looks at how technology and legal issues are affecting libraries. It\'s a great paper that covers the past, present and future of the legal issues that surround libraries.

As Fair Use is slowly taken away from us using laws like the DMCA, Copyright Term Extension Act, and who knows that else, I really think this is the kind of thing we need to be worried about. Where is the passion and emotion I see in the filtering issue when it comes to legal issues?


Wanted urgently: WAP sites for Librarians

Godfrey Oswald writes: \"Hello

Due to the massive response I have received around the world for WAP sites for
inclusion in the Info Connect Directory, I have decided to provide links here
to a selection of reference WAP sites of interest to librarians that have been
sent in.

The full list of all WAP sites will be available with the launch of the Info
Connect LIS Directory WAP version (based on WML).

The current list of reference WAP sites for librarians is at:

When you get to this link, scroll down till you get to \"WAP sites for

Please help me by e-mailing more WAP sites.


Godfrey Oswald.

Godfrey Oswald MSc.
information scientist and author.
London. \"


The Semantic Web

Scientific American has an Interesting Story by Tim Berners-Lee (you may know him from such projects as the WWW) on what they call \"The Semantic Web\"
The Semantic Web will bring structure to the meaningful content of Web pages, creating an environment where software agents roaming from page to page can readily carry out sophisticated tasks for users. Kinda like what librarians do now.


What is MyLibrary

MyLibrary is A Model for Implementing a User-centered, Customizable Interface to a Library\'s Collection of Information Resources.

Read All About It in this paper by Eric Lease Morgan.

It integrates principles of librarianship (collection, organziation, dissemination, and evaluation) with globably networked computing resources creating a dynamic, customer-driven front-end to any library\'s set of materials.
Possible Conference coming soon.


Follow Ups On The Wind Done Gone

CNN is just one place you can Read About \"The Wind Done Gone\" appearing for sale on eBay. It must\'ve been pulled, I searched and found 0 results.

The Chicago Tribune has a Story on comments by the author, Alice Randall.

She says that the book is a parody of Margaret Mitchell\'s famous 1936 novel \"Gone With the Wind\" and not, as a federal judge ruled, a sequel.

\"I would never write a sequel to `Gone With the Wind.\' I\'m not a romance novelist. I didn\'t seek to exploit her characters but explode them,\"


Young Adult human sexuality collection

Sarah Jean writes \"Progressive Librarian
Issue number 17, Summer 2000

The mystery and the act: towards a YA human sexuality collection by Teri Weesner

\"Young people viewing internet porn have an information need that can be addressed by youth services librarians and library collections. To ignore this information need is just as inaccurate and inappropriate as young people gleaning their information from internet pornography and cybersex chat.\" \"


Books and More Books in the News

South African Teachers want anti-apartheid book banned, and Quickly Change their minds.

\"The Wind Done Gone\" had its\' day in court, and Won. The judge said it borrows too liberally from \"Gone With the Wind\" and infringes on copyright.

Five good books you\'ve probably never read

The Economist has a really Neat Story that compares the bestseller lists from Israel and the US.


eBook Quickies has a Review of Several different eBooks. is a nice eBook portal for those of you with an interest, not unlike

Nature has a Story that proclaims \"Paper could soon be obsolete\"!. It\'s on E Ink\'s \'electronic paper\'. Neat stuff that is pretty much vaporware right now, but if they do make it to market it promises to have some very useful applications. Paper already publised on this subject (no pun intended).

Questia Gets Big Time Publicity

Steven Bell writes: \"Take a look at the April 30, 2001 issue of Time magazine. On page Y17 (special bonus section \"YOUR BUSINESS\") has a story titled \"You\'ve Got Books\" E-libraries Want to Reinvent Term Papers.\" Questia and its plan to offer an electronic alternative to libraries is the main subject of the story, though e-brary and NetLibrary are mentioned. The story makes Questia sound like the greatest invention since sliced white bread. I find it annoying that the story completely overlooks the amazing strides academic libraries are making in creating digital libraries, and no academic library leaders were interviewed for the story. However, some might say the story is just a fluff piece to put the spotlight on one more dot-com enterprise. Still, my letter to editor is on its way. \"


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