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In an effort to assuage the legal concerns of local officials who want to keep pornography away from kids in public libraries, a New York City-based public interest legal group is offering its services for free to libraries that want to install anti-pornography Internet filtering systems on public computer terminals. [more...] from CNS News.
David Chanen [writes...]
\"A 40-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of viewing child pornography on a computer at the Northeast public library in Minneapolis.
It was the first time anybody had been arrested at a Minneapolis public library for looking at such images, said Mary Lawson, library system director. A security guard called police after he saw the man viewing Web site pictures of naked and clothed children between the ages of 4 and 12.\"
[more...] from the Star-Tribune. -- Read More
John W. Berry, President-elect of the American
Library Association writes:
\"here are my remarks to the press in Philadelphia on
Tuesday; The events in both New York City and Philadelphia were well
attended by print, radio and tv media. A counter press conference by
CIPA proponents took place yesterday afternoon in Washington, D.C.
See various coverage at these sites:\"
Media coverage at
Remarks from the CIPA Press Conference follow.... -- Read More
Someone writes \"The Better Business Bureau is demanding that a Web publisher remove unauthorized hyperlinks to the BBB Web site, citing consumer confusion over affiliation between the two organizations and possible trademark infringement. Read the story at:The NY Times \"
From the story:
\"If there was a deception, there could be legal grounds\" for a lawsuit, she said. \"Trademarks can\'t be used to imply sponsorship, endorsement or affiliation.\"
The American Civil Liberties Union has backed a ruling by a California court that states, that libraries cannot be forced to restrict Internet use by parents of minors. According to the state appeals court, this type of restriction is \"untenable under state and federal law.\" [more...]
David McGuire writes...
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday narrowly absolved America Online in a child pornography case, ruling 4-3 that the Internet giant should not be held responsible for the illicit activities of its customers. [more...] from NewsBytes.
The fight is on in TX over the proposed new Uniform
Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA). The
law got passed easily last year in Virginia and
Maryland, but now people have smartened up, and are
fighting it as hard as they can.
\"Long before the bill was filed, members in
both houses had already received a barrage of e-mails
and letters expressing opposition,\"
He starts the speech by saying:\"I want to spend a few minutes this afternoon talking about the importance of fair use rights -- not just to equipment manufacturers -- but to all consumers of information of in our society\"Sounds like he is someone in politics who is on our side.
ABA Network has a Story on all the stupid patents the the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been issuing. 1-Click ordering is of course the most famous example. People like NoWebPatents.org try to talk some sense, but it seems to fall on deaf ears.
\"Law professor Pamela Samuelson of the University of California, Berkeley, charges that the PTO \"simply can’t be competent in issuing [business-method] patents\" because of examiners’ insufficient training and \"woefully inadequate prior art\"—the legal term for previously published descriptions of a patented invention. \"Besides,\" she says, \"the Constitution was intended to allow patents for technology. And business methods aren’t that.\"