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The investigation, if it can properly be so called, of the unsolved murder of the former high ranking Pentagon official and presidential advisor John P. Wheeler III, who was also an expert on chemical and biological weapons, may be taking a turn in the direction of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Whee...
BP won a court order to keep references to previous accidents out of the trial to assess blame for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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We'll take a look at a new poll that shows Americans overwhelmingly approval of the Obama administration's use of drones in targeted killings, even in cases where it's an American Citizen. So what does this say about our society?
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An ammonia leak that caused an emergency alert at the San Onofre nuclear plant in November was caused by employees who failed to recognize degraded equipment and fix it, federal regulators said Friday.
Greek workers walked off the job for the second time this week on Friday in a snap 48-hour general strike called to protest new austerity measures.
Monsanto is getting a taste of its own medicine; the company is being taken to court. In this corner, we have a corporate biotech giant with a tighter grasp on the agricultural Monopoly board th...
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These battles are being fought in public at a time when we all try to help reposition the public library in the face of disruptive change, spending cuts and even closures. It would appear to be more about reacting to change, not from a collective, but a singular perspective.
Some of our other recent posts on this subject:
Can eBooks meet the Changing Social Demand? Nov 28th 2011
Whose going to capture the various library worlds? June 20th 2011
Amazon Takes Another Step to Join the Publishing Pieces May 5th 2011
Amazon Overdrive Potentially Lock Up Libraries April 20th 2011
Freeing eLibraries to Compete? March 15th 2011
Digital Library Madness: 26 and You Are Out February 27th 2011
'Public Libraries: Back to the Future'. Brave New World December 2010
The environment that set the scene for the Research Works Act revolt was a combination of simmering resentment amongst researchers for the cost of accessing the literature, combined with a lack of understanding of what it is publishers actually do. The spark that set it off was the publisher rhetoric about ownership of the work. This was always going to happen one day. The mutually incompatible world views could co-exist while there was still enough money to go around. While librarians felt trapped between researchers who demanded access to everything and publishers offering deals that just about meant they could scrape by things could continue.
Remember the talk of how they hoped a new tone could be found in the debate? Yeah. Apparently someone forgot to send that memo to RIAA boss Cary Sherman, who has taken to the pages of the NY Times to lash out at those who fought against SOPA/PIPA, chalking the whole thing up to a massive "misinformation" campaign by Google and Wikipedia. The whole thing is chock full of ridiculous claims, so we might as well go through it bit by bit.
THE digital tsunami that swept over the Capitol last month, forcing Congress to set aside legislation to combat the online piracy of American music, movies, books and other creative works, raised questions about how the democratic process functions in the digital age.Why yes, it did raise questions about the process by which the RIAA and MPAA write bills to regulate other industries without even letting those the bill would regulate have a seat at the table. It also raised questions about the way the RIAA and MPAA have successfully expanded copyright law in their own favor sixteen times in the last 35 years, by playing the moral panic game over and over again... and keeping any hint of reality out of the debate. What it showed was that the tools of communication finally allow the public speak up and that the users of the internet simply won't accept the RIAA and MPAA's version of protectionism and crony capitalism any more.
What the data really shows is that those who are actually involved in the creation of entertainment (not just gatekeeper roles like the RIAA) are seeing continued growth -- especially among independent artists, who have grown by over 43% in the past decade. I've met with dozens of members of Congress in both Houses, discussing these issues, and was told, repeatedly, that they had never seen or heard the basic numbers I was providing (despite the fact that most of them come from the government itself).
- 7.8 Always A Gatekeeper: RIAA Backs .music Proposal... If It's Only Limited To 'Accredited' Musicians
- 7.7 The Web Is Saved: East Texas Jury Says Eolas Patents Are Invalid
- 7.0 Big News: Germany Says It Won't Sign ACTA [Update: ... Yet]
- 7.0 Park Ranger Tases Guy Walking Dogs Without A Leash
- 6.7 If The RIAA Wants To Talk About Misinformation Campaigns, Let's Start With The RIAA's Misinformation Campaign
- 6.2 SOPA Strikedown Aftermath: Old Media Cannot Tell The Narrative Of One Million People
- 6.0 Do The Differences Between Software Piracy And Media Piracy Matter
- The Rapidly Evolving Role of Agent
What happened to the former slave that wrote his old master?