Crimes & Criminals

Law Profs Look at the Aaron Swartz Case

Chris Meadows at TeleRead referred to the recent suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz as a gross miscarriage of justice. Law professor Orin Kerr digs into the basis of the charges that were filed against Swartz while law professor Ann Althouse questions the end result of the situation while noting that something does not add up.

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #228

This week's program deals with Wikipedia hoaxing, an Internet icon, and a miscellany of brief items.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #227

The tag line for this week's episode: "Information As Weapon"

We've got a bit of an essay talking about that in connection with an awful case in Ohio. Information might want to be free, but couldn't it also be used as a weapon?

There's no miscellany this week as we thought that that would be enough to consider within the realm of preserving the knowledge ecology.

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What Are You Doing About DVD Thefts in Public Libraries?

My library has experienced an extremely high rate of DVD thefts in the past 6 months and are looking into solutions to the problem. Some of the thefts, we beleive, are drug related.

Have public libraries experienced a spike in DVD thefts this year?

What are some of the reasons for this?

What are public libraries doing about the situation? What solutions are they looking into? What have they tried?

We also experience a high rate of periodical thefts as well.

Stealing iPads from a Baby

From the NY Daily News:

A sticky-fingered thief stole one of four iPads from the Children's section at the newly renovated branch of the Park Slope (Brooklyn NY) Library.

“It’s a shame that someone would go to such lengths to steal an iPad that was being used to engage and teach children in one of our libraries,” said BPL spokesman Jason Carey.

“Someone jimmied open the protective casing and took it out,” he said. “The casing was secured to the table.”

The Park Slope library is the first branch in the borough to have iPads only for the young.

The branch showed off the gizmos during its September 13th reopening of the renovated reading space which attracted the likes of legendary Brooklyn writer Pete Hamill and other Kings County bigwigs.

Ex-librarian gets little jail time for theft

Ex-librarian gets little jail time for theft
The support of the library district she stole from and ill effects of medication led to a milder sentence for a former St. Elmo library director Friday. She received a 30-day jail sentence despite recommendations from both state and defense attorneys and medical professionals she not be incarcerated.

Stolen rare documents returned to Vt. library

A brazen thief strolled into the lower level of the Bailey / Howe Library last year and walked off with the letters. Federal prosecutors said the crook was Barry Landau, whom they described as a con man masquerading as a presidential researcher and historian. Landau pled guilty and was sentenced in June to seven years in prison for plundering a string of libraries and archives along the East Coast. Investigators said Landau planned to sell the autographs to collectors.

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Cops Say Japanese Man Stole More Than 1,100 Library Books

Japanese police have arrested a 61-year-old man accused of stealing more than 1,100 library books.
Officials say Mitsuka Suizu was initially arrested in July for taking a few books from the public library in Nagato, in western Japan. When police searched his home in the city of Ube, Suizu admitted to taking 1,170 books over a seven-year period, and stashing them at home, where he lived with his wife and two children.

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Harry Hay screenplay missing library suspects theft

Harry Hay screenplay missing, library suspects theft
The San Francisco Public Library appears to have been the victim of a screenplay heist.

On July 30, main library staff discovered that the 1938 screenplay “Largo: A Story Out of the Life of George Friederich Handel” was missing from a locked plexiglass case in the Jewett Gallery. The screenplay was on display as part of the “Radically Gay: The Life of Harry Hay” exhibit, which ran from April 21 to July 29.

Pranksters rearrange books stack furniture in pair library break-ins

Kids in Orleans County sometimes complain there’s little to do in the Northeast Kingdom, but police say a few turned to midnight mischief at two public libraries and a Town Hall to help pass the time.

Books were rearranged. Furniture was piled almost to the ceiling. A needed date stamp went missing.
“The children’s books were moved to the adult section. The adult books were moved into the children’s room. They just took handfuls of books and were just shelving them,” Eubanks said about the May mischief at the Glover library. She said chairs and tables were stacked at Town Hall that night, too.

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