Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Judge Rejects Google’s Deal to Digitize Books - NYTimes.com

I always suspected that copyright laws -- whether screamed about by authors or publishers -- would be the stumbling block to Google's aims at digitizing the world's libraries, and that's how New York federal judge Denny Chin recently ruled. Yet it was the authors and publishers that had negotiated the initial Google Books settlement and supported the endeavor, leaving copyright laws as the last legal hurdle. Even though we are a small school, I submitted the Grand Ledge High School Library's collection to the Google Books project to include the local history books that we possess. I'm still waiting to hear back.
Todd Heisler/The New York Times
Judge Denny Chin said the legal settlement with publishers and authors would have granted Google a “de facto monopoly.”

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

"Huckleberry Finn" and the N-word debate - 60 Minutes - CBS News

A terrific discussion on the recent debate surrounding a publisher's choice to edit Mark Twain's classic novels Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Editor Randall Williams and NewSouth Books have removed infamous, yet essential 'pejorative racial labels' from Twain's writings, but can do so because the book has passed into the public domain.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Judge expands ruling that bans guns in Capital Area District Library | Lansing State Journal | lansingstatejournal.com

Michigan makes nationwide library headlines, unfortunately it's due to the initiatives of firearm extremists. Lansing's Capital Area District Library enacted a policy that banned people from openly carrying firearms into the library. Not from lawfully carrying concealed weapons, but openly and outwardly carrying guns into the library. In the resulting Ingham County Circuit Court case, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina upheld and expanded a previous ruling that disallowed anyone from openly carrying firearms onto library property. But, curiously, the city of Lansing seems to have evolved into a mid-19th century cowboy frontier, as Judge Aquilina was quoted as saying
"I wish I could say that you could all carry weapons wherever you wanted, but I can't say that."
In support of that notion, a representative of Michigan Open Carry claimed
"It's gun control at its worst," said Rob Harris, vice president of Michigan Open Carry, a statewide organization. "At this point we have no choice but to contact our legislators."
This, despite the fact that a person was openly carrying a shotgun in the library.