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While We Were Distracted…CISPA Passed in the House

When the news cycle is focused on tragic events it is all too easy for other important stories to be ignored, particularly stories that might not have garnered much attention … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

Librarians and Lawsuits – From Persecution to Prosecution, the tale of Edwin Mellen Press

If you were wondering whether Edwin Mellen Press’s lawsuit against librarian Dale Askey (which is still going forward) and its threats of legal action against the Scholarly Kitchen were bizarre … Continue reading

April 19, 2013 · 4 Comments

OWS vs. Bloomberg – text of the settlement

For those looking for more information on the lawsuit between OWS (which included the People’s Library) and Bloomberg (NYC) you should head on over to: There you can see … Continue reading

April 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Librarians and Lawsuits – Edwin Mellen Press Threatens to Sue Another Librarian

Imagine for a moment that you are a publisher of academic books. In such a situation it would be likely that your primary market would be libraries, particularly academic libraries. … Continue reading

April 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

Through the Google Glass

Did you know that secretly recording somebody is illegal in California? James O’Keefe, the conservative provocateur behind such doctored classics as “ACORN assists in prostitution,” has recently received a pricy … Continue reading

March 17, 2013 · 20 Comments

The Used Book Store in the Cloud (probably isn’t heaven)

Do you “own” any of the albums, books, or movies that you have downloaded? You hit the “buy” button, didn’t you? Your bank statement provides you with evidence that you … Continue reading

March 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Librarians and Lawsuits [update] – Dale Askey

Legal update time! [This is an update to my post: Libel and Libraians and Lawsuits (Oh my)!] Begin recap: librarian Dale Askey is being sued by Edwin Mellen Press for … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Stasi Agent in Your Pocket

Begin overly simplistic plot summary: in the film The Lives of Others a playwright in East Berlin is monitored by Stasi agents (the Stasi were the secret police in the … Continue reading

March 1, 2013 · 4 Comments

Today with Big Brother

As you may have heard…yesterday the Supreme Court delivered a 5-4 decision in the case known as Clapper v. Amnesty International USA. The lawsuit had challenged an element of the … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Libel and Librarians and Lawsuits (Oh my)!

What is the line between voicing a professional opinion and libel? This is a matter that one unlucky librarian is currently learning quite a bit about. To summarize the story: … Continue reading

February 17, 2013 · 7 Comments

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