January 17, 2012
ALA's Quick Reference Guide to PIPA, SOPA and the OPEN Act
"Three copyright-related bills are currently in play at the start of 2012 – all of which take aim at any website beyond U.S. borders that distribute counterfeit or copyright infringing products. All three bills operate under the assumption that there is a problem that needs to be solved – and the best, or only, way to combat online infringement overseas is with more law targeted at foreign websites. These bills have the potential to negatively impact fundamental library principles. The following chart [link] is for quick reference (not meant to be comprehensive), and outlines the primary issues and concerns of interest to the library community and those who use the Internet." Corey Williams, American Library Association.
Hat tip to beSpacific. [JH]
I'm curious to know and see if patrons should somehow break these copyright laws just how much a library could be fined for 'damages'. Also, as public libraries require statistics from the public and assuming statistics were to lower from this (as patrons could no longer access certain social sites, etc.) and if this will in turn affect library funding. Scary stuff we're dealing with here!
Posted by: Sean Gilmartin | Jan 17, 2012 11:10:27 PM