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Among the highlights for me, was a panel discussion sponsored by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) on Wednesday in which a trio of industry association leaders made a rather newsworthy claim: that the Trump administration is changing the tone of the copyright conversation in Washington, D.C.
“The Obama administration was not kind to copyright,” said Keith Kupferschmid, CEO of the Copyright Alliance, accusing Obama of more or less being in the bag for Silicon Valley, and, in particular, for Google (which Kupferschmid characterized as “enemy number one" when it comes to copyright.)
But under Trump? It feels like the "whole environment" has changed Kupferschmid said, although he conceded that it was still "wait and see" as to what actually gets done.
AAP CEO (and former register of copyrights) Maria Pallante, agreed with Kupferschmid, adding that AAP is so far "very pleased with the access, and the interest we have with the Trump administration."
California Senate Passes Net Neutrality Bill
The California State Senate this week passed S.B. 822 what's been referred to as the "gold standard" among a number of state laws that seek to restore net neutrality protections at the state level after the FCC's repeal last December.
The bill passed by a vote of 23-12, along party lines, with Democrats voting for the bill and Republicans against. The bill must now pass the State Assembly, and be signed by the governor, both controlled by Democrats. And, if passed, it will also likely face a court battle, as the FCC repeal order also attempts to make it illegal for states to pass their own net neutrality bills.
Meanwhile, at the federal level, net neutrality rules have just 10 more days before they expire on June 11. And, a discharge petition is now live in the House, needing 218 votes to force a floor vote on a recently passed Senate bill that seeks to block the FCC repeal.
The Week in Libraries: June 1, 2018
Among the headlines that caught our attention this week:
Sarah E. Thomas has announced that she will retire from her roles as vice president of the Harvard Library and University Librarian and as Roy E. Larsen Librarian of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In a statement, Harvard president said Thomas has "reimagined what a University library can be,” and that "her many contributions will affect the ease with which students and faculty can access our extraordinary resources for years to come.”
And in Florida, nearly a half-century after landing her first job at Strozier Library, Florida State University Dean of Libraries Julia Zimmerman will also retire. At an event this week, FSU President John Thrasher praised Zimmerman for her service. “You gave your heart and soul to this university, and we are better for it,” Thrasher said. “Although you are retiring, you will always be a part of the FSU family, and your legacy—your love of libraries—will live on here.”
This week the Library of Congress got a nice gift from Diamond Comics, via Washington Post.
The University of Virginia Libraries and the University of Virginia Press have announced a new open access publishing service, Aperio Journals.
From the World Economic Forum, Finland has just given itself a 100th birthday present: a library
45% of American teens say they are online “almost constantly” but apparently not on Facebook and other key findings from Pew’s Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018 report.
For all the mapheads out there, National Geographic’s digitized collection of over 6,000 vintage maps is now free for viewing pleasures, via Open Culture.
This fascinating study suggests that "restrictive copyright policies slow down the progress of science considerably."
From Bloomberg, comes this look into the "dwindling world of rare books."