Legal Issues

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.

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.\" -- Read More

The Troubles with CTEA

ZDNet has an interesting Story on the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. The act works to extend copyright for yet another 20 years. Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor, is challenging the law, saying works in the public domain strengthen the \"cultural environment\" and offer potential savings to consumers.

\"Defenders of the CTEA cite the necessity of bringing the U.S. copyright term—previously 50 years after an author\'s death—to parity with European law, which in 1993 extended copyright protection to 70 years after an author\'s death.\" -- Read More

Syringe used in attack held water

The saga continues...The syringe that was used in the attack on a student in a library in Ohio contained water. The attacker is a member of the Air National Guard where immunization shots were being done. This story is from the Columbus Dispatch\"We have tight controls on the use and disposal of syringes,\'\' said Capt. Denise Varner, spokeswoman for the 121st Air Refueling Wing.\" -- Read More

Who Killed Copywright

Macedition has an interesting Editorial on the changing role of copywright. He argues that copywright is already dead, and says it wasn\'t killed by the internet, but by the motion picture industry, the recording industry and the major publishers. Also check out this Interview with the Head of the RIAA.

\"In the past century, though, the wealthy and powerful have been lobbying long and hard through international consortiums such as WIPO to shift the balance of power back to the publisher. \" -- Read More

Suspect charged in syringe attack

The man who stabbed the patron in the foot with a syringe is being charged with assault. The Columbus Dispatch has this article.\"It was unprovoked and there\'s no real motive at this time,\'\' Michalec said. \"How do you assess what the motive is?\" -- Read More

Pair open a new chapter in library case

Two people who were arrested, but not convicted, for overdue materials are now suing their city for $74,000 because they did not get a speedy trial. The story is in Alabama Live\"In their separate cases, Corbin and Daversa allegedly failed to return library books and were eventually charged under city law. Neither showed up for the court hearing on those cases, so both became the subject of warrants because of that failure to appear in court.\" -- Read More

Library arrests are overdue

Put your library card on the desk and put your hands in the air. You are being arrested because you owe us money for overdue materials. Book \'em!! From detnews.com\"-- Renee Jones is one of three Warren women in serious trouble with the law over delinquent Center Line Library materials.
For the first time, Center Line police say they\'ll arrest patrons such as Jones who don\'t respond to repeated attempts to return materials.\" -- Read More

Stay on the Right Side of Copyright Laws

Macworld has a nice Little Story on copywrite law, as it relates to artwork.

\"It\'s always safest to ask for permission before you make someone else\'s work a part of your own production. However, if a work isn\'t protected by copyright, you have the right to use it without asking. \" -- Read More

Future of Libraries Down Under

The ever helpful Bob Cox sent in this Story from The Sydney Morning Herald. The author takes a nice look at the future of libraries as the Australian Parliment brings the copywright laws into the 21st century.

\"The prospect raises profound questions about what used to be quaintly termed the book trade. For instance, is it possible to \"lend\" a digital book? How should authors be compensated for a limitless distribution system? Indeed, what is the future of libraries?\" -- Read More

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