Legal Issues

Is The 'Right To Be Forgotten' The 'Biggest Threat To Free Speech On The Internet'?

Article discusses the "Right to Be Forgotten" laws that some countries are implementing.

Why are some libraries choosing to restrict children’s access to public information?

Are Librarians Encouraging Public Libraries to Abide by COPPA?

And that’s my question back to librarians: Why are some libraries choosing to restrict children’s access to public information? I get why many adults who live in communities where the kids are AOK want to make sure that parents are involved in their children’s lives and activities. But not all kids are lucky enough to be in households where parent permission to access information is viable. Most of the librarians that I’ve met totally get that. They’ve seen abused children. They’ve seen kids who’ve struggled with their sexuality. They’ve seen children for whom access to information is critical to combating oppression. I wish that parents were always in the right. I wish that parents were always good actors. But they aren’t. And I thought librarians understood that.

Ruling Could Affect Restrictions On Sex Offender Use Of MA Libraries

Ruling Could Affect Restrictions On Sex Offender Use Of Mass. Libraries
“They simply said that, you know, ‘Our ordinance enjoys a presumption of constitutionality and we rest on that, and that anyone challenging it has the burden of proof,’ ” Timmins said, meaning a true constitutional debate over this issue has yet to occur in the courts.

There’s no indication that debate is going to happen in Massachusetts anytime soon. A spokesman for the ACLU of Massachusetts said they’ve not been contacted by any sex offenders interested in pursuing a lawsuit.

Defining Fair Use

Defining Fair Use.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released a “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries” — a 32-page document, based on interviews with dozens of librarians, outlining the principles and limitations it believes are relevant to eight common scenarios. The guidelines also recommend additional actions libraries can take to insulate themselves against legal challenges.

White House Petition To Reform Copyright Law For Libraries

Throughout our country's history, libraries have provided education and entertainment to all. In the library all economic classes have an equal opportunity to access information.
we petition the obama administration to:

Reform copyright law to allow libraries to keep digital copies of ebooks and other media.

The movement to digital media has seriously disrupted this model. Content owners continue to exert more and more control over their works. No longer are they willing to sell "copies" to libraries. Some allow libraries to rent very restricted versions. Others refuse to deal with libraries at all.

We need to bring back the first sale doctrine for libraries, allowing them to copy and archive digital media without violating the DMCA.

Not doing so will ensure that only those with means have access to the wealth of human knowledge.

see:

http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/columns/my-mind/we-need-copyright-20

The SOPA-PIPA Saga - Freedom of Speech vs. Net Neutrality

The SOPA-PIPA Saga - Freedom of Speech vs. Net Neutrality
Allen Yu: "While I cheer on the defeat of SOPA-PIPA (copyright is really broken; many also consider SOPA-PIPA to be truly evil), I also have no false hopes that my interests on the Net can be best guaranteed by the likes of Google or Wikipedia or Facebook. For now, I am celebrating RELIEF not FREEDOM ."

U.S. House Drafts SKILLS Act to Support School Librarians

U.S. House Drafts SKILLS Act to Support School Librarians
Three House lawmakers introduced legislation this week that could strengthen and ensure school librarians' continued role as educators in the nation's K-12 schools.

Who Gets to See Published Research?

Who Gets to See Published Research?
The battle over public access to federally financed research is heating up again. The basic question is this: When taxpayers help pay for scholarly research, should those taxpayers get to see the results in the form of free access to the resulting journal articles?

Supreme Court Says Congress May Re-Copyright Public Domain Works

Supreme Court Says Congress May Re-Copyright Public Domain Works
Congress may take books, musical compositions and other works out of the public domain, where they can be freely used and adapted, and grant them copyright status again, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

Jon Stewart: SOPA Will Drive Us To Libraries "Like A Common Masturbator"

Jon Stewart: SOPA Will Drive Us To Libraries "Like A Common Masturbator"
The Daily Show featured not one but two segments on SOPA last night, and with Wikipedia "dark," Jon Stewart had a dickens of a time figuring out just what the hell SOPA means. (What was he supposed to do to learn things, "go to the library like a common masturbator?") And so Stew-Beef reluctantly turned to the "notoriously unreliable news" for answers, discovering, to his horror, that this law could send violators to jail for up to five years for merely streaming copyrighted material.

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