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US Congress Next in Copyright Tiffs

In what can only be bad news, Wired is predicting a grim battle in Congress next year as a result of the ongoing Napster lawsuit. They Say the loser of the Napster case will be inmportant to this area of law.
The two-day international intellectual property conference was held last week.


\"We must protect the rights of the creator,\" Hatch said. \"But we cannot, in the name of copyright, unduly burden consumers and the promising technology the Internet presents to all of us.\"
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch

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Implications of the UnCover suit

Someone posted this question on a list, and it got me thinking...

I am wondering if anyone knows more about the
implications of the UnCover suit? It seems to me -- woefully ignorant of
coprught law -- that this suit is similar to the recent Napster one and the
Screen Actors Guild one...in which musicians or actors are demanding payment
for each use of their material. Is this correct?


Next, I am wondering how this UnCover decision plays out in the academic
world. I have always had to sign away copyright to the publisher of the jrnl
in which my piece was to appear. (I am particularly sensitive about this
right now as I\'ve recently gone thru a period of strained relations with the
press that holds the copyright on one of my articles.) What is the future of
academic publishing after this decision? Will jrnls only publish articles
that have a re-sale value?

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Israeli Court Upholds Copyright on Dead Sea Scrolls

Bob Cox sent in this Story from ABC News on Israel’s Supreme Court upholding an Israeli scholar’s copyright on the deciphering of one of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Amos Hausner, a lawyer for U.S. scholar Robert Eisenman, said the decision inhibits the free use of scientific knowledge.
“It’s like copyrighting scientific truth, like Einstein copyrighting ‘e equals mc2,’” Hausner said. “These ancient texts are part of the scientific knowledge.”


Next up to be copywritten (if that\'s a word) The Bible?!

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DMCA Comments posted

The LOC has posted the replies on the DMCA. Comments included from American Library Association, American Association of Law Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, Medical Library Association,and the Special Libraries Association

This is a bad law that was written to protect big publishers and large corporations.

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Class action lawsuit with UnCover

R Hadden Writes:Rex Dalton wrote a short article in Nature, Vol. 406, August 17, 2000,
page 664, \"Deal on Reprints Could Mean Royalties for Scientists.\" It
describes the class action lawsuit with UnCover (now owned by Ingenta, a
British company), a document delivery supply company, over providing copies
of articles where the copyright is not owned by a journal, but is retained
by the individual author.

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More Strike News

It would be rude to not continue with the Ohio strike news. So, here it goes...they are still on strike!!
Articles from the Canton Reporter include Library workers picket for better wages, pace from dusk until dawn, Library workers brace for lengthy picket, and Things remain the same on third day of library strike

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People Kicked Out of Library for Sleeping

The Detroit Free Press has this article about new loitering polices in a library in Michigan. They are kicking out homeless people who are sleeping. I wonder if they would do the same to a college student who fell asleep studying for exams? The ACLU may get involved.\"After a crescendo of complaints, the city has posted advertisements to hire a part-time monitor, who will get up to $10 an hour to circle stacks and call police when patrons break library rules.\"

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Strike Continues in Ohio

Things have gotten pretty ugly in Canton, Ohio. So ugly that the Canton Reporter carried four articles today about the library strike. Here is one about the library suspending services (including some renovation). Here is another about a library patron accusing a guard of harrassment. And yet another about the leaking of negotiation information to the public. Meanwhile, the other branches are not feeling the effects.

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Is Prosecution Warranted?

The new trend in libraries is to have the police issue warrants and arrests for overdue meterials. The Los Angeles Times has an article on a few libraries that do not (and will not) do that.\"One of the hallmarks of our library is it is free and open,\" said Susan Kent, the city\'s head librarian. \"Yes, there are really bad offenders, but we\'re not here to prosecute. We\'re here to provide a service.\"

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