Capt. Kirk wishes you all (with the exception of certain congressmen) a good night.
Library and literary miscellany from your pals at Library Journal.
[Congressional representatives] need to know that we are an educational institution. We’re not Blockbuster. Entertainment is part of our business, but our major business is education and literacy.
Amazingly a lot of people complain about the fact that you can check out dvds from the library, as if the only thing we are is a free rental store, and it is utterly ridiculous not to mention wrong.
I am also convinced that those who complain about these things don’t actually use libraries.
A coalition of 10 library and open-access advocacy groups has sent a letter to Congress opposing HR 3699, the controversial Research Works Act. The American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, Creative Commons, the Public Library of Science, and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, or Sparc, are among those who signed the letter.
This used to be funny, but now it’s really just terrifying. We’re dealing with legislation that will completely change the face of the internet and free speech for years to come. Yet here we are, still at the mercy of underachieving Congressional know-nothings that have more in common with the slacker students sitting in the back of math class than elected representatives. The fact that some of the people charged with representing us must be dragged kicking and screaming out of their complacency on such matters is no longer endearing — it’s just pathetic and sad.
Unfortunately, SOPA, also known colorfully as the E-PARASITE Act, was no corrective. SOPA is a sweeping new law, effecting a radical change to how governments and private parties could police Internet content and business innovation in the name of protecting copyrights and trademarks.
While SOPA did fix a few technical errors in Protect IP, it also introduced new definitions, new standards of liability for third parties, a deeply flawed system of private enforcement, and a provision that makes a felony of posting YouTube videos with copyrighted music—even playing in the background. The House version was nearly twice as long as its Senate counterpart.
From Wired, Republican Bid to Kill Internet Openness Rules Fails:
Rules prohibiting cable, DSL and wireless providers from unfairly interfering with internet traffic survived a Thursday attempt by Republican senators to throw them out.
The rules at issue allow cable and DSL subscribers to use the websites, programs and online services of their choice, and prohibit providers such as Comcast and AT&T from blocking or degrading services they don’t like — such as online video or internet phone calls that compete with those companies’ other offerings. Mobile internet providers, such as Verizon and Sprint, are given much more leeway, but can’t block services like Skype and have to be transparent about how they manage their networks when they are congested.
Democrats defeated the measure in a strict party-line vote of 52 to 46. The measure, introduced by Texas Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison, sought to undo the FCC’s net neutrality rules, which go into effect on Nov. 20.