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Canadian Library Association Celebrates Bill C-321 Receiving Royal Assent

“The Canadian Library Association (CLA) was thrilled to learn today that Bill C-321, An Act to amend the Canada Post Corporation Act (library materials) received Royal Assent. Introduced by Conservative Member of Parliament Merv Tweed (Brandon—Souris, MB), Bill C-321 helps protect the existing reduced rate for postage on library materials between libraries and between libraries and their users within Canada. This reduced rate, known as the Library Book Rate, has been offered as a service by Canada Post since 1939.” (via Canadian Library Association)

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Conn. bill would study library access to e-books

“Lawmakers are calling for a study of the availability of e-books to Connecticut public libraries. The state House of Representatives voted Tuesday 143-0 to pass a bill requiring the commissioner of consumer protection to report to the General Assembly on the issue by Feb 1. The bill, which originally called on publishers to offer e-books to libraries at a reasonable price, was amended to reflect lawmakers’ concerns about the likelihood of lawsuits.” (via AP)

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Library Copyright Alliance Applauds Introduction of Unlocking Technology Act

“The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) applauds the introduction on May 9, 2013, of H.R 1892, the Unlocking Technology Act of 2013, by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), and Jared Polis (D-CO). The bill guarantees that legitimate uses of digital works and technologies will not run afoul of copyright law, even if they require breaking digital locks. Prompted by the recent uproar over cell phone unlocking, the bill recognizes that issue as a symptom of a much larger problem and would fix that problem permanently.” (via Library Copyright Alliance)

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California weighs its own open access plan

“A bill in the California legislature would require state-funded research to be made public free of charge within a year of its publication. If it passes, the bill would create an open access policy for California’s state-funded research similar to a policy announced earlier this year by the Obama administration. The federal policy, which is not yet finalized, would apply to most federally supported non-defense research. California is not the only state moving to make public the published research it helps to fund; Illinois is weighing a similar proposal.” (via Inside Higher Ed)

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Okla. Gov. signs library privacy, 16 other bills

“A bill intended to protect the personal information of children is among 17 bills signed into law by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. The so-called library bill would allow public and school libraries to deny requests for information — such as the address of a child with a library card — if staff members are suspicious of the request. Authors of the measure say it’s meant to protect children from predators.” (via AP)

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