On October 11, the Senate passed S. 1510, also known as the Anti-Terrorist Act of 2001. The final vote was 96 to 1 with only Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) voting against the bill.
Despite the best efforts of the library community, "problematic privacy provisions" regarding library records, patron privacy and computer trespassing were retained in the final legislation, according to an article on the American Library Association web site. For more detailed information, log onto www.ala.org/washoff/patriot.html.
The Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) is a contract law designed to standardize the licensing of software and all other forms of digital information. It would adversely affect libraries, schools, universities, and individual consumers of software. Thus far, only two states (Maryland and Virginia) have adopted the law, but other state legislatures are considering it.
In the case of Tasini vs. the New York Times, it was decided that freelance writers own the rights to what they produce and their works cannot be reproduced without their permission. Publishers have, therefore, pulled freelancersí contributions from the material they provide to databases. Libraries, and the scholars and students who use them, risk losing access to complete archives. Copyright, of course, remains an area to watch.
Annual National Library Legislative Day
The 28th Annual National Library Legislation Day will be held
For more information on legislative issues affecting libraries, check out
the Medical Library Association web site at www.mlanet.org.
Thanks to Committee Member Tom Angelo for providing updates for inclusion in this newsletter.