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Libraries and Archives Are Embracing Digital: It’s Time the Law Did the Same

“Digital technologies offer rich opportunities to collect, preserve and make the world’s knowledge available. But to make the most of these collections, libraries and archives need the right laws.At an debate at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), under the chairmanship of IFLA head of delegation Winston Tabb, libraries and archives representatives from three continents set out how the digital format is affecting their work. The librarians and archivists underlined the challenges they face from anachronistic laws, often the fruit of lobbying by established interests.” (via IFLA)

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SC Senate approves bill to give libraries legal muscle to ban patrons

“The S.C. Senate voted 32-6 on Tuesday to approve a bill that would give public libraries legal muscle to ask patrons to leave and stay away. The bill would make it a misdemeanor to for someone to refuse to leave a library if asked by a library’s manager or director, or to return to the library after being warned in writing to stay away.” (via The State)

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Conn. bill would study library access to e-books

“Connecticut lawmakers are sending the governor a bill mandating a study of the availability of e-books to Connecticut public libraries.The Senate voted Thursday, 34-0, to require the commissioner of consumer protection to report to the General Assembly on the issue by Feb 1.” (via AP)

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How Washington D.C.’s Laws Were Set Free for Web Viewing

“On Greater Greater Washington, Tom MacWright recently wrote a blog entry highlighting the problems of access to the Washington, D.C. Code. There is, first, a legal obstacle: Washington D.C. claims copyright over their laws, which is to say that it is illegal to reproduce them without permission of the city. Then, second, what is perhaps a more significant obstacle: They outsource the maintenance of their legal code. The city of Washington, D.C. long ago started paying WestLaw — and now LexisNexis — to turn the D.C. Council’s bills into laws. As a result, they now have neither the knowledge nor the infrastructure to maintain their own laws. The only way that D.C. can find out what their laws say is to pay LexisNexis to tell them. This is consequently true for the public, as well. If a resident of D.C. — like MacWright — wants to know what the law says, there’s no sense in asking (or FOIA-ing) the city, because the city has outsourced the process so completely that they know nothing.” (via PBS)

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Arizona bill would expand library privacy law

“A bill advancing in the Arizona Legislature would add protections for ebook readers under the state’s existing library privacy law.A Senate panel is expected to move the bill forward Monday. The House passed the measure in a 57-1 vote in early March.The measure seeks to include digital books under material protected by the state law that prohibits the disclosure of public library records.” (via AP)

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