Censorship

Three Types of Censorship that Librarians Don\'t Talk About

Three Types of Censorship that Librarians Don\'t Talk About, an article by Sanford Berman in the Minnesota Library Association Newsletter, discusses intellectual freedom from a different perspective from usual. The threat, as Berman sees it, is not primarily from outside challenges to \"controversial\" materials, but from market based censorship (e.g. the power of the big publishers to manipulate the review stream), government censorship of small, independent publishers, and librarians\' self-censorship.

Linking to DeCSS illegal

Wired has a Story that scares the hell out of me. In an unprecedented expansion of traditional copyright law, it is no longer merely illegal to distribute a potentially infringing computer program -- but now even linking to someone else\'s copy could be verboten. You can now break the law by linking to DeCSS. Related Case.

\"I think that Judge Kaplan does not know his head from his ass,\" says Adrian Bacon, owner of Linux News Online. \"Outlawing a site from linking to another site that has DeCSS is just plain wrong.\" -- Read More

Death of a Censor

Super Helpful R Hadden Writes :
Today during all the hype about Internet filters, we forget that not
to long ago people were paid by the state with tax money to censor and
filter for us. These people had the right to determine what other people
could or couldn\'t see. Their censorship decisions were backed up by force
of law and police powers of arrest and imprisonment for opposing those
decisions.
Mary Avara was for 21 years one of the official and state-paid movie
censors in Maryland. Her job was to review domestic and foreign movies
before they could be shown in the state, and to determine what could and
couldn\'t be seen by other citizens. -- Read More

Free Speech Fettered

ABC News
had a rather interesting show on the other day. Free Speech
Fettered
covered the new wave of attacks on the
1st Ammendment. The show was almost hard to
watch, due to what it covered, and
the web site does a good job covering most of what
was on the TV that night. The Chat
Transcipt
is pretty interesting.

\"Americans
need to pay close attention to such questions and be
aware of efforts by powerful people in government and
private institutions who believe it is their duty to curb
offensive language with speech codes or bans on
certain kinds of behavior. -- Read More

Ban the Bible?

Lois Aleta Fundis writes : Here\'s an
article
LISNews might be able to use. The World
Wide Web at work: It was mentioned on FindLaw\'s
newsletter (based in California), and although posted
on a South African news site and forwarded to you from
West Virginia, our story takes place in Munich, where
two lawyers have asked Germany\'s Family Minister to
\"officially class the Bible among books considered
dangerous for children because of its violent
content.\"

This is quite an interesting take on the
bible.

\"The Holy Book contains passages of \"a
gruesomeness difficult to exceed\" which are glorified
as the will of God, the Bavarian lawyers Christian
Sailer and Gert-Joachim Hetzel said in their
submission to the minister on behalf of \"some parents
of minors\". -- Read More

Why do censorship halfway?

This editorial from the News Observer, regarding the partial censorship of reading materials in prisions is filled with sarcastic overtones.\"We\'d probably want to clear the shelves of most news magazines. Definitely The N&O and its competitors. And what about all these Harry Potter books that have the kids all jazzed? Must be dangerous. And I hear they are satanical. Oh and the Bill of Rights, that radical ol\' rag. Wouldn\'t want that to make the rounds.\" -- Read More

Give me whoopi or give me death

In a follow up to the Whoopi troubles in WI, JS Online has a
OP-ED piece that puts it all
into perspective. He says both sides over
reacted.

\"Society does this kind of thing all the
time. Kids can\'t go into a store and buy Playboy; they
can\'t see an R-rated movie by themselves; they can\'t
browse through the stacks at an adult bookstore.
Computers and cable television have lockout options
that try to keep pornography away from children. -- Read More

Find constitutional ways to keep kids safe online

Freedomforum has a nice Story that goes over some legal issues facing us in The US.

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First Amendment experts urged a special study committee yesterday not to seek to protect children against Internet pornography by recommending measures that fail to pass constitutional muster. -- Read More

ALA Erotica program

Someone sent in this: \"Found this following a link from the American Family Association site. Call to action against ALA.

Librarians Discuss Stocking Erotica \"

From the story

\"Public universities appear to be taking the lead in developing erotica collections, but many community librarians have now been emboldened by the ALA seminar.

To make matters worse, the ALA favors giving children the same access to explicit materials that is afforded adults. -- Read More

Goldberg biography will stay on shelf

Story sent in by Bob Cox from
JSOnline on
the Muskego-Norway WI School Board vote on a
Whoopi Goldberg biography containing racial epithets
.

\"In an emotionally charged two-hour hearing
Monday night, parents Richard and Beth Kania and
their supporters delivered impassioned pleas to
School Board members, asking them to remove the
unauthorized biography the Kanias had described as
\"enough to ruin the innocence of any 14-year-old.\" -- Read More

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