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Hyperlinks are patented

Saw this over on Slashdot today. British Telecom is planning on enforcing the patent they have on Hyperlinking. The Patent is on the IBM patent database and looks to be real. The original story is on nothingventured.com. They plan on going after US ISP\'s to collect the $$. All I can say is UGH!!!

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Is Linking Illegal?

The NY Times has this Story on the legalities of linking. As more lawyers get invovled, and more people act like idiots, the legalities of linking become more and more complex. Now it seems that it may or may not be illegal to link to illegal material.

“Liability for a person’s linking to alleged wrongful content is really the next big thing” on the cyberlaw horizon, said Mark Sableman, a lawyer in St. Louis who specializes in new media law and who has written scholarly articles on the legal aspects of linking.

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National Digital Library for Science Education

CISP.org has a
very interesting Story on building a digital
library for science education, and why it is such a good
idea.

\"Building on the demonstrated power of the
World Wide Web while addressing its shortcomings, a
national digital library for science education has
tremendous potential to improve the best science
education and to help the very best science education
reach all students. The development of NDLSE can
provide a fertile matrix in support of this twin promise by

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Still Searching? Ask a Human

Wired has a Story on how sites are now offering human search help. You just click on a button and a helpful \"expert\" calls you up and answers your question. MSN is the newest one to jump on the bandwagon, with Abuzz.com, Askanexpert.com, Expertcentral.com, Knowpost.com, and Xpertsite.com, and others.

\"People sometimes can\'t find what they\'re looking for and need somewhere to get help,\" said Danny Sullivan, publisher of Search Engine Watch, in a previous interview.\"A shocking quote! What\'s really cool is as an expert working for keen.com (The company with all the experts) you can make as much as $1,000 a week selling your expert info. How much do you make behind the reference desk?

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The Library as the Latest Web Venture

The NY
Times
has an interesting Article on the new effort to
build an electronic library so as to pass along the
power of electronic searching.

\"\"I hate the library,
so I try to avoid it,\" Carrie Larkworthy said. \"It\'s such a
big facility that you have to search through.\"

She\'s a student at Harvard University. How\'s that
for a scary quote?

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Intellectual rights may be Net casualty

The National Post up in Canada has a rather interesting Story on the death of intellectual property. They touch on music and words, and how things are changing because of the web.

\"In the case of the written word, book writers can make livings, even fortunes, because the market is global and literacy is higher than ever in history. \"

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You Get What You Pay For

Infotoday cleared up the May 23 announcement from Web directory service LookSmart who said they signed an exclusive agreement with Gale Group. According to the release, they are going to make business and premium magazine and periodical content available for free. You may find the quantity of material actually delivered through the service to be, at least initially, a lot less than the press release leads one to believe.

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Book industry wrestles with electronic future

CNN.com has an interesting article about how people are using the electronic books now and missing the chance to walk around the bookstores to see what they have to offer.

\"He had just been asked what he thought of electronic books.

\"Does that mean you get shock treatment when you read?\" the actor wondered, shortly after speaking to a Sunday breakfast gathering at BookExpo America.

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Information Overload

Alistapart.com
has a nice little Story entitled \"Digiglut\". The Author says
\"there is just too much stuff out there. \", and says that
people are overwhelmed, and it\'s getting worse. He
never suggests letting librarians rule the WWW........ But
wouldn\'t it great if we did?

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Blind to truly free expression

Jon Katz worte a great Story at Freedom
Forum.org
on how people can over react when
faced with a new technology. He does a great job
explaining how the web has made free speach
possible for so many people.

\"The architecture of
the Internet, as it is right now,\" writes Lawrence Lessig,
a constitutional scholar at Harvard University, \"is
perhaps the most important model of free speech
since the founding [of the American republic].

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