Freedom of Information
Why Do Librarians Expect a Fair Price for an Ebook?
Hachette’s recent big price increase coupled with Random House’s large increase earlier this year got me thinking. Does the publishing community understand why librarians would balk at increases on the order of 100% or 200%?
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Obama Issues Directive on Intelligence Community Whistleblowers
President Obama yesterday issued Presidential Policy Directive 19 on “Protecting Whistleblowers with Access to Classified Information.”
The directive generally prohibits official reprisals against an intelligence community employee who makes a “protected disclosure” concerning unlawful activity or “waste, fraud, and abuse.” It does not authorize disclosure of classified information outside of official channels to the press or the public.
LCA Comments on Authors Guild v. Hathi Trust Decision
The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) welcomes Judge Baer’s decision (pdf) yesterday that the HathiTrust Digital Library’s (HDL) use of digitized works is a fair use permitted under the Copyright Act. Judge Baer’s key holding was:
I cannot imagine a definition of fair use that would not encompass the transformative uses made by [HDL] and would require that I terminate this invaluable contribution of the progress of science and cultivation of the arts that at the same time effectuates the ideals espoused by the ADA.
National Medal Nominations Open
Library supporters who believe their libraries are providing communities with exceptional service now have the opportunity to get national attention for their libraries. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced this week that the agency is accepting nominations for the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for exemplary service by museums and libraries. The award nomination deadline ends on October 15, 2012.
AAP and Google settle… questions remain
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced today they have reached a settlement in their lawsuit filed in 2005 against Google, Inc. According to AAP’s press release,
US publishers can choose to make available or choose to remove their books and journals digitized by Google for its Library Project….Apart from the settlement, US publishers can continue to make individual agreements with Google for use of their other digitally-scanned works.
Highest Court in the European Union To Rule On Biometrics Privacy
Courts are investigating the legality of a European Union regulation requiring biometric passports in Europe. Last month, the Dutch Council of State (Raad van State, the highest Dutch administrative court) asked the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to decide if the regulation requiring fingerprints in passports and travel documents violates citizens’ right to privacy. The case entered the courts when three Dutch citizens were denied passports and another citizen was denied an ID card for refusing to provide their fingerprints. The ECJ ruling will play an important role in determining the legality of including biometrics in passports and travel documents in the European Union.
Kiriakou Not Allowed to Argue Lack of Intent to Harm U.S.
A court ruled this month that former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who is charged with unauthorized disclosures of classified information to the media, will not be permitted to argue at trial that he intended no harm to the United States, or that his entire career testifies to a deep commitment to national security.
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The Intersect Alert is a newsletter of the Government Relations Committee, San Francisco Bay Region Chapter, Special Libraries Association.