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Education alliance urges Congress to support dedicated school library funding

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 23, 2015 // 1 Comment

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced its support for “a coalition of more than 20 education businesses, associations and media groups―including Scholastic Inc., ESCO [...]

House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Public Knowledge, John Villasenor, The Software Alliance (BSA)

By Chris Meadows
June 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Previously in this series: House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: John Wiley & Sons, ReDigi House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Graphic Artists Guild, Owners’ [...]

House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Matthew B. Glotzer, New York Public Library

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Previously in this series: House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: John Wiley & Sons, ReDigi House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Graphic Artists Guild, Owners’ [...]

House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Graphic Artists Guild, Owners’ Rights Initiative

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 4 Comments

Previously in this series: House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: John Wiley & Sons, ReDigi Here are two more documents from yesterday’s first sale hearing. Like yesterday’s [...]

House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: John Wiley & Sons, ReDigi

By Chris Meadows
June 2, 2014 // 6 Comments

We’ve covered the history of efforts to implement resale of digital goods before (more than once, in fact), and there’s been quite a discussion of why it would be a bad idea. Now it’s [...]

Supreme Court rules Congress can remove material from public domain to comply with international treaty obligations

By libertyc
January 19, 2012 // 3 Comments

The Supreme Court yesterday issued a ruling on the Golan copyright case which we’ve discussed here a few times before. The case involved whether works that had previously been within the public [...]

SOPA not dead yet – keep fighting!

By libertyc
January 17, 2012 // 2 Comments

Lest we thought that SOPA was dead and buried, a couple of further developments today have shown that hope is premature. Bill sponsor Lamar Smith is moving ahead with plans to continue marking the [...]

Wikipedia, reddit, Mozilla to black out sites Wednesday in protest of SOPA legislation

By libertyc
January 17, 2012 // 2 Comments

A number of websites are going dark tomorrow to protest the SOPA legislation that could impose harsh restrictions upon the Internet. These sites include Mozilla, reddit for 12 hours, and Wikipedia [...]

Scribd self-censors to stop SOPA

By libertyc
December 21, 2011 // 1 Comment

Wikipedia isn’t the only site considering a public demonstration of the evils of SOPA. Scribd has gone ahead and done it. Scribd has added a script to its page that blanks out documents word by [...]

Should Congress and the Internet understand each other better?

By libertyc
December 20, 2011 // 1 Comment

An interesting triad of articles has appeared over the last few days, talking about Congress’s deliberations over SOPA. The article that started it all, by musician and blogger Joshua Kopstein, [...]

Electronic device use coming to House of Representatives

By libertyc
December 26, 2010 // 0 Comments

In a follow-up to a story I mentioned several days ago, the New York Times has coverage of the new rules propositions for allowing electronic device use on the House floor. It seem these propositions [...]

U.S. Representatives seek permission to use iPads on House floor

By libertyc
December 20, 2010 // 0 Comments

A few days ago I mentioned the uses that a couple of Supreme Court Justices were making of e-readers or iPads. It turns out that this is not the only place in government where the electronic devices [...]

Consumer advocate Rick Boucher loses congressional seat, DRM researcher Ed Felten joins the FTC

By libertyc
November 5, 2010 // 0 Comments

Recent days have brought both bad news and good news out of Capitol Hill on the intellectual property front. In the bad news, Representative Rick Boucher (D-VA), chair of the House Subcommittee on [...]

Looking for a title? (Library Guides Series: Searching)

By libertyc
April 13, 2010 // 0 Comments

For all the effort publishers, reviewers and writers put on the latest best-selling novel, the facts remain that many of us read about (and want) lots of other non-fiction topics.  From history to [...]

Imagine a Dual-Purpose Ereader for Research: Beats the Multipurpose Tablet, by John Miedema

By libertyc
March 13, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Apple iPad will not kill the Kindle. In this installment of my Kindle shakedown series, I contend that the ideal ereader should not become a multipurpose device like the forthcoming iPad, or the [...]

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