Archive for April, 2009

Intellectual Freedom in the News

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Supreme Court ruling upholds sanctions on “fleeting expletives.”

This is the court’s first ruling on federal anti-indecency policy since 1978. Questions the ruling raised in regards to the First Amendment (including the nuances of the use of expletives) were passed on to lower courts to decide.

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Antitrust inquiry into Google Book is opened

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And for association-level news, the Office of Intellectual Freedom has compiled a list of the work of various ALA divisions in a handy-dandy blog post.

- compiled by X. Avalos

Intellectual Freedom in the News

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Judith Krug, founder of Banned Books Week and director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom since its founding in 1967, dies of stomach cancer at age 69. Go here for more blog posts remembering Judith.

Amazon’s sales ranking “glitch” is called an “embarassing cataloging error.”

Google Book settlement under “legal assault.”

Supreme court rules that speech is not constitutionally protected for public employees; the decision could “silence professors.”

Associated Press chairman “mad as hell” at websites that link to AP material, calls their profit a violation of fair use.

Rockefeller University Press freezes 2010 journal prices at 2009 rates.

- compiled by X. Avalos