Today’s news: the latest on SOPA and PIPA legislation; More publishers preserve with CLOCKSS, a new digital rights organization called NewsRights; 2012 award nominations for NASIG; and a reminder about some LRTS grants.
The Huffington Post reports that the The White House has “officially responded to two online petitions, … urging the President to reject SOPA and PIPA.” The statement “made clear that the White House will not support legislation that disrupts the open standards of the Internet,” saying that “While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet,” the statement read in part.”
Gary Price at INFOdocket reports additional updates from Alex Howard at GovFresh on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). According to Mr Howard’s information, “Rep. Lamar Smith said he will remove the domain name provision from the Stop Online Piracy Act. Rep. Darrell Issa says he’ll suspend next week’s hearing with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian & other Internet experts.”
“The CLOCKSS Archive has announced that it has partnered with Palgrave Macmillan, Ubiquity Press Ltd, Libertas Academica, and the Indiana University Mathematics Journal to preserve their ejournals in CLOCKSS’s “geographically and geopolitically distributed network of redundant archive nodes, located at 12 major research libraries around the world.”
Barbara Quint reports in Information Today that “29 major news and information companies have signed on as initial investors and participants in NewsRight, an independent digital rights and content licensing organization.” While David Westin, NewsRight’s President & CEO, “makes it clear that NewsRight is not a “litigation shop” looking to chase down or close down users of news content,” some bloggers have their doubts and describe it “as a spin-off of the Associated Press and another round of AP’s relatively litigious activities in dealing with web news distribution.” This article goes into detail about the various issues and concerns.
The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) is accepting applications for its 2012 grants, awards, and scholarships to be awarded at the 2012 Annual Conference being held in Nashville, Tennessee, June 7-10, 2012. Awards include the
- John Riddick Student Grant;
- Serials Specialist Award
- Rose Robischon Scholarship, underwritten by Swets Information Services;
- Marcia Tuttle International Award; Horizon Award;
- Fritz Schwartz Education Scholarship;
- John Merriman Joint NASIG/UKSG Award, UK delegate underwritten by Taylor & Francis
“Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) announces the availability of grants of up to $1,000 (funded by an Association for Library Collections and Technical Services grant) to assist authors with preparing literature reviews. The purpose of the grants is to provide funds that will be used for clerical and research support, thereby allowing the author/s to concentrate on analyzing the resources and writing the literature review. Possible support tasks might be collecting citations, sorting and organizing citations by themes and categories, locating and gathering resources to be reviewed, verifying citations…”