Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ernest \"Fritz\" Hollings (D) of South Carolina introduced to the Senate today the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act, which would give the content, electronics and high-tech sectors one year to devise standards that could be used in all digital media devices to prevent unauthorized copying of music or movies.
An interesting new Bill down in New Zealand called The National Library Bill introduced by Broadcasting Minister Marian Hobbs would extend the scope of the Legal Deposit system to include \"any publicly available document used to store or convey information, whatever the medium\".
They say the average author isn\'t fairly by the media conglomerates that dominate publishing today and the clauses that have been imposed on authors throughout the industry bear no relationship to any economic reality other than the best interests of the publisher.
LLRX writes \"United States Military Commissions: A Quick Guide to Available Resources
Stephen Young provides an historical introduction to military commissions, and addresses their statutory authority, judicial consideration and executive authority. He also covers relevant secondary texts, web resources and journal articles. Published March 1, 2002 at LLrx.com \"
Liz writes \"Appeared last week -- refers to up-and-coming legal challenges for CDROM copy protections, and has a good little list of links for background. Also refers to trying to explain sharing to his three-year-old son, and how it gets pretty hard when to try and talk about CDs and other content.
by Adam Engst in this week\'s issue of TidBITS\"
A hearing on the future of the Security Systems Standards and Certification Act is being held as I type this:
A Senate committee is stepping into the middle of an increasingly vocal spat over the future of technology: how to prevent illicit copying of digital content.
On Thursday morning, Senate Commerce chairman Fritz Hollings (D-South Carolina) will convene a hearing on digital copy protection, which he believes should be embedded in nearly all PCs and consumer electronic devices . . .
The SSSCA and existing law work hand-in-hand to steer the market toward adopting only computer systems where copy protection is enabled. First, the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) created the legal framework that punished people who bypassed copy protection -- and now, the SSSCA would compel Americans to buy only systems with copy protection on by default . . .
Here\'s A Very Short Story on a new county law banning people from library facilities for up to 90 days for rude behavior. Clackamas County, OR, librarians say they\'re seeing an increase in troublemakers, and they want to do something about it.
No details on the law, but they do mention that libraries often double as babysitting services for parents who drop their children off for extended periods of time.
Julie Hilden has written an article at FindLaw about the increasing frequency of bookstores, both online and off, being subpoenaed to turn over customer purchase records to prosecution attorneys. She makes reference to an Ohio case in which Amazon.com was subpoenaed to release the purchase records of Ohio customers who bought certain erotic audio CDs. (That Article available at Salon.com) More from FindLaw
Ryan writes: \"If it wasn\'t for the purportedly archaic copyright law, argues law professor Mark Lemley, representing the non-profit Internet Archive, \"digital archives could inexpensively make the other 9,853 books published in 1930 available to the reading public starting in 2005,\" he wrote. If the law \"still stands, we must continue to wait, perhaps eternally, while works disappear and opportunities vanish.\"
NYT Story, Login may be needed before long; wasn\'t at 11.40 this morning, don\'t know how long it takes \'fore this is no longer breaking news.
Gary Price pointed to a number of see also\'s over on his Virtual Acquisition Shelf and News Desk.