December 14, 2017

New FAIFE Spotlight Released: “The Library and Freedom of Information Revisited”

From the International Federation of Library Associations: During this spring and summer several new FAIFE [Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression] Spotlights will be released as a result of good international cooperation and impact of the Finnish research project led by Professor Kai Ekholm and granted by Helsingin Sanomain Säätiö, a media […]

Legal: New Online Database Tracks US Exonerations Since 1989

From Michigan Radio: The University of Michigan Law School and the Center for Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law recently launched an online database containing an updated list of exonerations in the United States since 1989. The goal of the project is to prevent wrongful convictions or improve the process of identifying and […]

Canada: UBC Opts Out of Access Copyright Agreement

From The Ubssey (School Paper at UBC): UBC [U. of British Columbia] has announced that it won’t be returning to Access Copyright. The Association of Canadian Colleges and Universities (ACCU), of which UBC is a member, agreed to draft a deal with Access Copyright, a publishing organization that centrally controls rights for academic materials such […]

Full Text of Court Opinion in Georgia State University Copyright Case

UPDATE (May 13, 2012): Analysis and Commentary about the Court Ruling by: Professor James Grimmelmann, New York Law School My bottom line on the case is that it’s mostly a win for Georgia State and mostly a loss for the publishers. The big winner is CCC. It gains leverage against universities for coursepack and e-reserve […]

eBooks: IFLA Releases Background Paper on e-Lending

From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Announcement: As part of its work on the 2011-2012 Key Initiatives, the IFLA Governing Board appointed a working group to draft a background paper on digital lending. At its April meeting the IFLA Governing Board endorsed this paper, and we are now pleased to present a version […]

Reference: New Report From the Congressional Research Service: “Same-Sex Marriages: Legal Issues”

Title Same-Sex Marriages: Legal Issues RL31994 Author Alison M. Smith Source Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) Direct to Full Text 35 pages; PDF From the Summary This report discusses DOMA [The Defense of Marriage Act] and legal challenges to it. It reviews legal principles applied to determine the validity of a marriage […]

Privacy: Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Protect Internet Passwords

From The Hill: A group of Senate and House Democrats introduced legislation on Wednesday to prevent bosses from forcing a job applicant or employee to reveal the password to any private online information, such as a Facebook or email account. The Password Protection Act would make it illegal for an employer to coerce access to […]

Three Organizations Collaborate and Release New Online Edition of U.S. Code of Federal Regulations

From a LII Blog Post: This new online edition of the CFR is the result of an unprecedented two-year collaboration between the Government Printing Office (GPO), the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School (LII), and the Cornell Law Library. The project implemented features that have been often requested by government regulators, corporate counsel, and […]

National Federation of the Blind Assists in Litigation Against Free Library of Philadelphia

From an NFB News Release: With the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind, four blind patrons of the Free Library of Philadelphia—Denice Brown, Karen Comorato, Patricia Grebloski, and Antoinette Whaley—have filed suit [complaint and exhibits embedded below) against the library because they cannot access one of the library’s programs for which they are […]

Roundup: GBS: Google And Authors Guild Face Off in Court

UPDATE (May 4, 2011): New York Law School professor and noted GBS expert, James Grimmelmann has posted an in-depth summary along with some commentary about Thursday’s GBS hearing on The Laboratorium (his blog). 1. Google Says Individuals, Not Authors Guild Has Standing In Books Case (via WSJ) Google Inc. presented Judge Denny Chin with an interesting […]