The Library of Congress has had a pretty turbulent recent history–it could have been a publicly-owned and completely open “Google”, if it weren’t for the arrogant Luddite that was in charge of it all. The Library of Congress has an invaluable mission to preserve history’s knowledge into perpetuity, and it’s in danger of falling into obsolescence. Let’s hope that the new Librarian can drag the institution kicking and screaming back into relevance.
In 1990, the Library of Congress launched “American Memory,” its first digital pilot project.
Source: The Library of Last Resort | Online Only | n+1
It may not be all great news, but it is a start, a step in the right direction. Naturally, Congress could eliminate this waste of taxpayer money by simply repealing the DMCA (or, at least, Section 1201).
But there’s some good news: the rule permitting jailbreaking phones was extended to tablets, something the Copyright Office rejected three years ago. Then it said that it couldn’t tell laptops from tablets (raising two important questions: “why not allow jailbreaking on laptops”; and, “if you don’t know the difference between a laptop and a tablet, maybe you shouldn’t be regulating either of them?“) [emphasis added]. This year, thanks to EFF, it decided it could finally tell the difference.
Source: Librarian of Congress grants limited DRM-breaking rights for cars, games, phones, tablets, and remixers / Boing Boing