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Banned Books Week

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 9/30/08 (9:40am)

bbwweb100x100_2007.gif In observance, I guess you could say, of ALA's Banned Books Week, NPR did a segment on how The Grapes of Wrath was banned at the end of the 30's.

'Hell' - Too Hot a Word for the Chicago Sun-Times

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 7/15/08 (10:22pm)

Sun-Times Comments

I wanted to leave the following comment on an article about MillerCoors moving its headquarters to Chicago:

"Well, it's not the best but what the hell, reason enough to order another MGD for me."

Do Banned Books Matter?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/29/07 (8:13pm)

bbwweb100x100_2007.gifToday is the first day of Banned Books Week. There are hundreds if not thousands of events happening throughout the nation.

Censorship 2.0

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 8/30/07 (5:39pm)

ALA just sent out an email about "Banned Books Week" which this year will be running 9/29-10/6.

This got me thinking of access to the Internet and other bandwidth issues, and how the absence of access/bandwidth might relate to more "traditional" forms of censorship.

With books, you can simply do away with them or alter them to fit your world view. That's censorship old-style.

In a networked world, it's all about access and bandwidth. This opens up a whole new set of vulnerabilities.

Happy 'Day of Silence'

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 6/26/07 (12:05pm)

From SaveNetRadio.org:

SaveNetRadio.org The future of Internet radio is in immediate danger. Royalty rates for webcasters have been drastically increased by a recent ruling and are due to go into effect on July 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!). To protest these rates and encourage the millions of net radio listeners to take action and contact their Congressional representatives, a national Day of Silence will be held June 26. Webcasters across the country will observe this day of silence in a number of ways, including dedicating entire programs to the campaign to save Internet Radio and broadcasting complete silence.

Illinois House Votes for Internet Filtering on Library Computers

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 5/12/07 (7:52pm)

The Illinois House just passed a law to require internet filtering on all computers in the public libraries.

From what I understand this would affect all public access computers -- not simply those used by children.

Location: 

SaveNetRadio.org

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 4/27/07 (3:40am)

SaveNetRadio.org

SaveNetRadio.org is where you ought to go if you've ever listened to Internet Radio and thought it was a welcomed contrast to all the crap (pardon my French) on Broadcast radio.

Bill in U.S. Congress on Fair Use Called "Watered-Down"

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 2/28/07 (9:45am)

Ken Fisher of Ars Technica isn't impressed by a Bill on Fair Use that was recently introduced by Congressmen Rick Boucher (D-VA) and John Doolittle (R-CA).

Calling it "watered down", Fisher comments:

Yet again, the bill does not appear to deliver on what most observers want: clear protection for making personal use copies of encrypted materials. There is no allowance for consumers to make backups of DVDs, to strip encryption from music purchased online so that it can be played anywhere, or to generally do any of the things that the DMCA made illegal in one fell swoop."

Location: 

ChillingEffects.org

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 12/10/06 (1:51pm)

While googling for pictures of failed technologies for my post on eBooks, I came across a strange note at the bottom of Google's search results. It read:

"In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 2 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at ChillingEffects.org."

Institution: