Intellectual Freedom in the News

The Oak Park, Illinois, public library has opened a transgender resource collection.

The ACLU has settled out of court with two Tennessee school districts that banned access to GLBT sites, but allowed access to “reparative therapy” sites.

A Federal Court has found that RealDVD, a software company that provides a means of copying DVDs and maintaining digital copies on the user’s hard drives, violates the DMCA.

The US Marines have banned social networking on the Marine Core Network.

ACRL & ARL have sent a letter to the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division stating that the lack of competition for the Google Books project “could compromise fundamental library values such as equity of access to information, patron privacy, and intellectual freedom.”

You can see FCC Chaiman Julius Genachowski’s remarks on braoadband at the eGovernment and Civic Engagement Workshop here.

The Freedom to Read Foundation is urging the Supreme Court to reject a 1999 ban that would make it a crime to create, sell or possess any photograph, film, video or sound recording in which an animal is harmed or killed — even though these materials are First Amendment protected.

An Oregon rule that could go into effect as soon as September would require all milk producers that advertise their milk as hormone-free must also include a disclaimer next to the label that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found no significant difference between milk coming from cows treated with the hormone and those that are not. Two industry giants have filed lawsuits.

“Expert reviewers” appointed by the Texas state Board of Education have recommended the removal of César Chávez and former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall from the state’s Social Studies curriculum on the grounds that Chávez is an “unfitting role model for students” and Marshall is “not an appropriate historical figure.”
— compiled by X. Avalos

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3 Responses to “Intellectual Freedom in the News”

  1. Doris Ann Sweet says:

    I applaud the Freedom to Read Foundation’s statement to the Supreme Court regarding the 1999 ban on media depicting animals being harmed or killed. The documentary film Food Inc. is a prime example of a widely distributed creation that could easily be at risk of being charged with violating the 1999 ban, depending on whether one judges it “of import” or not. Considering the way it portrays the giants of the food industry in the U. S., I am willing to bet there are powerful forces that would like to see that happen.

  2. Xima says:

    The article specifically discusses the issue you raise — a Virginia man, Robert Stevens, was convicted to three years in prison because he made documentaries that included footage of dog fights.

    I agree that the involvement of large food production and manufacturing companies is not improbable or unlikely in this case (or the Oregon milk case, for that matter).

  3. Xima says:

    Also, did anyone else notice that one of the groups lobbying against ban is the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund? It’s kind of funny, but I see how the graphic novel industry could be affected by legislature like this.

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