The royalty deal between Yahoo! Broadcast and the RIAA that the Librarian of Congress used as a basis for all royalties to be paid by webcasters (see my posts from last week) was designed specifically to force small webcasters out of business for themselves (pushing them to Yahoo! as a provider) and decrease competition, Broadcast.com’s founder Mark Cuban admitted to the Radio and Internet Newsletter. More grounds to get the whole thing overturned? Can we say MONOPOLY, boys and girls?
Another reason to boycott Wal-Mart. (NY Times link, login required.) This stuff makes me so mad.
“The FBI is visiting libraries nationwide and checking the reading records of people it suspects of having ties to terrorists or plotting an attack, library officials say.” And what’s worse: “The same law that makes the searches legal also makes it a criminal offense for librarians to reveal the details or extent.”
We need to speak out against actions like these. This does not make us safer; this makes the US a police state. I do not want to live in a police state. I wish libraries would offer anonymous accounts; the libraries around here require ID of some sort. I guess they have to do that to reduce loss, but it seems that some sort of anonymity would be a useful service. Perhaps an account that doesn’t keep track of the names of the books checked out, only their value. The names would be tracked separately from user names.