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Human Rights Research

LLRX writes \"Update to Annex: Human Rights, Country and Legal Information Resources on the Internet
Elisa Mason\'s timely updated guide reflects the addition of numerous web resources in the areas of national laws and policies, case law, guidelines, recommendations and resolutions, human rights reports, individual country reports, and news services. \"


Most Far-Reaching Gag Order In 1st Amend. History?

Somone passed along

This Story that says John Ashcroft\'s war on terrorism includes the most far-reaching gag order in First Amendment history -- preventing the press from reporting on the FBI\'s seizure of the lists of books bought or borrowed in bookstores and libraries by noncitizens and citizens suspected of terrorist activities.
And This one that says a little known provision of the new anti-terrorism law may make it easier for FBI agents to walk into public libraries and search records and computers for signs of subversive activity.


Internet Radio Faces Increased Royalty Fees

You certainly have heard of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) but have you hear of CARP? The Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel is appointed by the US Copyright Office and reports to the Libraian of Congress. According to

...under the DMCA, radio stations must pay a fraction of a cent per song, per listener, for every song they stream. Under the CARP ruling, Internet-only radio stations would pay a royalty fee of 14/100 of a cent per song, per listener, retroactively through October 1998. Webcasters are up in arms -- while they are not opposed to the principle of royalty fees, they say the rate structure is far out of balance to the economics of these tiny, often one-person operations.

Fees could jump from about $1000 to $350,000 says Rusty Hodge of Internet radio station SomaFM. He and other Internet radio folks have formed a group called Save Internet Radio. The group is refuting the assertion that, although digital, the information broadcasted in Internet radio is a \"perfect copy,\" (due to degredation in compression which is a key bit of language in the DMCA.The full story at Salon.comAnd \"Plan to Alter Internet Radio\" from The Mercury News.


Children\'s Internet Protection Act Day In Court

Many stories on Children\'s Internet Protection Act [PDF] big day. Reutors, CBS, EFF, NYPost, and the ALA all say the Children\'s Internet Protection Act goes to trial today in Philadelphia. Christy adds This One, Ender passed along This One and Bob Cox adds Fox News as well.

``This law is certainly unconstitutional,\'\' said Larry Ottinger, attorney for People for the American Way. ``For many people, the library is the only place they get Internet access. If you don\'t provide it there, they don\'t get anything.\'\'

Christy also adds: \"In addition to all the news stories and features addressing Internet filters, Nancy Willard\'s latest study showing the startling relationship of Internet filter companies and the religious right is a must-read. \"Internet Filters: The Religious Connection\".


Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act is Introduced in Senate

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.

The Washington Post reports that if they fail to respond, the FCC will choose a standard after consulting with industry groups. The Full Story.


Publishers wary of NZ library move

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\".

A NZHeraldStory or Government Site has more info.


The Standard Book Contract

Medichannel has an Interesting Story that says publishing is all about squeezing every last dollar out of every available source—and the most vulnerable source is the author.

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.


Military Tribunals Intro

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 \"


US PATRIOT act, library privacy

Someone writes \"This Salon Story requires a password for the whole story, but even the section that doesn\'t require a password is worth a read. scary stuff. \"

There\'s also stories at Evolt and a story by Karen G. Schneider at ALAOnline as well.


Explaining why Daddy\'s CD won\'t play on the computer

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.

Copyright: Who Should Benefit?\"

by Adam Engst in this week\'s issue of TidBITS\"



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