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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. \"

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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?\"

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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.\"

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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.\"

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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. \"

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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?\"

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You Have the Right to Remain Silent

Library security guards may soon have the authority to arrest unwieldy patrons in Los Angeles. Read about it here. From the Los Angeles Times\"Under the bill by Sen. Richard Alarcon (D-Sylmar), library security officers could arrest people, execute search warrants and gain access to law enforcement computers that provide individuals\' criminal background.\"

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COPPA Shot Down

Pretty much every new site on the web is carrying a story on COPPA being unanimously ruled unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled The Child Online Protection Act violated the First Amendment right to free speech. Appeals court Judge Leonard Garth said \"Sometimes we must make decisions that we do not like, we make them because they are right, right in the sense that the law and the Constitution, as we see them, compel the result.\"

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More Workers Stealing From Libraries

Michigan Live has this article on another staff theft at a library. This time, it was via an unauthorized bonus. Yeah, when I want to steal money, libraries definitly come to mind first.\"When Don Dely gave himself an unauthorized bonus of $4,876 last August, it took Ann Arbor District Library administrators three months to discover the misuse of public funds.\"

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20% of children online solicited for cybersex

The Star Tribune has this scary article about a study that concluded that 1 in 5 children who are online get solicited for cybersex...3% of which happens in libraries.
\"The congressional study, the first scientific examination of risks to children online, also found that 1 in 4 children encountered pornographic pictures while researching homework topics or checking their e-mail. Of the 1,500 children, ages 10 to 17, surveyed in the study, teenage girls were most likely to be victims of sexual approaches, while teenage boys were most likely to accidentally come across porn\"

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