Library Juice 3:33 - August 30, 2000


1. DeCSS
2. Slashdot article on freeware library catalogs
3. Free Speech on the Web? Don't Even Talk About It
4. Federal legislation affecting postal rates for libraries
5. New URL for AcqWeb
6. Akamai caught in Net filtering cross fire
7. CyberPatrol Break FAQ
8. Managing the Digital Future of Libraries: Proceedings
9. Freelance Authors Turn Up the Heat with More Lawsuits
10. Direct Search - Campaign 2000
11. Discussion on liblicense-l on banner ads in licensed databases
12. Liblicense
13. seeking contributors
14. Andrew Carnegie, Union-Buster
15. IFLA 2000 report
16. bans woman named "Babcock" for foul last name
17. Tom the Dancing Bug

Quote for the week:

"Some futurists continue to promote an all-digital future because there's
big consulting money in simplistic projections, and nobody seems to check
the track records of futurists.  Other technologists and futurists focus
on their own needs, desires, and capabilities to the exclusion of all else.
They don't read books, so books are dead.  They circulate preprint journal
articles and consider magazines beneath contempt, so periodicals are dead.
They don't use public libraries, so neither does anyone else.  Based on the
articles and books I've seen, most technologists are essentially unaware
of public libraries."

-Walt Crawford, in _Being Analog: Creating Tomorrow's Libraries_, ALA, 2000

Home page of the week: Erika Dowell


1. DeCSS

DeCSS is a linux utility for copying DVD's.  A US District Court ruled
recently that even LINKING to a web page where this software could be
downloaded is illegal.  Can that be right?

Here is an article at ZDnet:,10738,2619215,00.html

_2600: The Hacker Quarterly_ was the victim of this ruling.  There is a
wealth of information on this case at their website:


2. Slashdot article on freeware library catalogs

Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2000 17:11:10 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Karen G. Schneider" <kgs[at]>
To: publib <publib[at]>,
Subject: Discussion on slashdot about library catalogs

Another PUBLIBer pointed me to a discussion on slashdot about freeware
library catalogs.  Some librarians may want to jump in with suggestions.
The discussion reminds me of the very old anecdote about the library
automation vendor who was asked if his system supported authority control.
He said yes, then went back to his company and asked, "what's authority


Karen G. Schneider kgs[at]
Assistant Director of Technology
Shenendehowa Public Library, Clifton Park, NY

3. Free Speech on the Web? Don't Even Talk About It

Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 09:09:14 -0500
From: "Don Wood" <dwood[at]>
Subject: [IFACTION:1002] Free Speech on the Web? Don't Even Talk About It
To: Intellectual Freedom Action News <ifaction[at]>

"Could linking to a bomb-making site also be illegal? What about a
site that sells radar detectors? The answer ought to be no and no, but
possibly only because they're not mentioned in the DCMA. Why give the film
industry so much extra protection? One thing I do know, the ruling is a wet
blanket over innovation."

Free Speech on the Web? Don't Even Talk About It,10738,2619215,00.html


Don Wood
Program Officer/Communications
American Library Association
Office for Intellectual Freedom

4. Federal legislation affecting postal rates for libraries

From: "Christie Braziel" <cbraziel[at]>
To: "CALIX (E-mail)" <calix[at]>
Subject: Library mailing rates could be eliminated
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 15:58:37 -0700

Visit this Web site: for important
information regarding pending Federal legislation affecting postal rates
for libraries.

California Library Association
717 K Street, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA  95814
102nd Annual Conference
November 10-13, 2000 * Santa Clara

5. New URL for AcqWeb

I am happy to announce that AcqWeb now has a new, simpler URL:
The old links have redirects that will work for a year. For more news and
information, please see The AcqWeblog at:

For those not familiar with AcqWeb, it is the sister publication of the
ACQNET and the Web site for librarians and other professionals interested in
acquisitions and collection development.

Anna Belle Leiserson
AcqWeb Editor
Vanderbilt University Law School
131 21st Ave South, Ste. 204
Nashville, TN 37203-1164


6. Akamai caught in Net filtering cross fire

"Many consumers and businesses use filters to prevent children and
employees from accessing certain sites, such as those with sexual
content. But under the workaround, such sites are accessible by
tacking the location onto the end of another address.

For example, someone surfing the Web with filtering software
installed could access "" by typing:             "


Don Wood
Program Officer/Communications
American Library Association
Office for Intellectual Freedom


7. CyberPatrol Break FAQ

"This FAQ is intended to answer frequently asked questions about Eddy L.O.
Jansson's and my essay, titled The Breaking of Cyber Patrol 4, the
resulting court cases, and related topics."

"To summarize:  we took apart, to see how it worked, a software package
designed to filter out undesirable content (such as pornography) on the
Web.  We published a document explaining what we found inside the
software.  The makers of the software sued us.  We settled out of court.
Issues related to this chain of events are still being fought in the
courts and elsewhere."

[Previously mentioned in Library Juice 3:12 - ]


Managing the Digital Future of Libraries: Proceedings [PowerPoint]

The Moscow Manifesto

Russian State Library Information Project

English and Russian translations of the proceedings from last
spring's Managing the Digital Futures of Libraries conference held in
Moscow are available from the Russian State Library Information
Project Website. The proceedings contain over 50 papers representing
speakers from more than 20 countries addressing trends and issues
related to digital libraries, as well as reports on specific
projects. Among other topics, papers cover electronic serials
services, electronic document delivery, digital audio collections,
and digitization efforts. In addition to HTML documents, several of
the papers link to PowerPoint presentations. The conference
represented the final phase of a joint European Union - Russian State
Library project through Tacis, an EU initiative designed to foster
development in the New Independent States and Mongolia by cultivating
links with organizations in the European Union. The Moscow Manifesto
presents the recommendations that resulted from the conference. Users
can access the Russian-language version of the site (click on Russian
Federation flag) from the Russian State Library Information Project
Homepage. [AG]

> From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000.


Freelance Authors Turn Up the Heat with More Lawsuits; Major Database
Providers Under Siege

by Paula J. Hane 

Information Today

August 21, 2000 - After last weekís report about a settlement between the
National Writers Union (NWU; and Contentville
( over author royalties [See Paula J. Hane's
August 14 NewsBreak] the pressure on database providers has escalated,
with two new class-action lawsuits being filed on behalf of freelance
authors whose copyrighted works have been sold online. We are clearly
seeing the consequences of last fallís appellate court ruling in the
Tasini case, as writers and organizations realize that a precedent has
been set and monetary settlements are possible. It also reflects the
present climate of concern for creative and intellectual property rights
and what is sold or given away on the Internet, as in the Napster case.



10. Direct Search - Campaign 2000

Just in time for the election, a new section or "direct search" to share
with all of you.


you can access direct search-Campaign 2000.

This new resource compilation provides links to numerous campaign finance
databases available on the Internet.  Links to resources for ALL STATES
and D.C. are included.

Please note some states DO NOT provide an interactive database with this
information. However, I have linked to related material that may be of

Like all Internet resources this one is a work in progress.

Finally, links to election boards for all states are provided as well as a
few Federal election resources.

I hope this page is of some value. Feel free to share the url with others.


Gary D. Price, MLIS
George Washington University
Virginia Campus Library
Gelman Library
Ashburn, VA and Washington, D.C.
703-726-8237 (fax)

Looking for "Invisible Web" Databases?
Visit "direct search"

11. Discussion on liblicense-l on banner ads in licensed databases

Initial posting:

o: liblicense-l[at]
       Subject: Are banner ads acceptable on licesnsed databases?
       From: GenAnnual[at]
       Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2000 09:08:29 EDT


I need your opinion. An online database vendor has asked me if librarians
would accept or object to their placing banner ads, visible to library
patrons, on licensed databases hosted by their company?

What would be your reaction? Not care; accepting; would cancel the
subscription or?  I take it that they feel they could charge lower fees if
they had the additional revenue from the ads.

What's your feeling?


12. Liblicense

>From the web site:

"Increasingly, university and research libraries are being inundated with
information that has been created in digital format and transmitted and
accessed via computers. As the number of collections in digital formats
increase exponentially, more and more libraries and information providers
are facing a number of unique challenges presented by this relatively new

Chief among these new challenges is crafting agreements with information
owners that adequately assure libraries will continue to provide users
with comprehensive and timely access to information in digital formats.
Because of several unique properties of digital information, agreements
that govern the acquistion and maintenance of traditional paper
collections are inadequate in the digital information context. Unlike
paper materials, digital information generally is not purchased by the
library; rather it is licensed by the library from information providers.
A license usually takes the form of a written contract or agreement
between the library and the owner of the rights to distribute digital

As many librarians responsible for collections know all too well,
licensing agreements often are complex, lengthy documents filled with
arcane and unfamiliar terms such as indemnity, severability and force
majeure. In an effort to assist librarians (and information providers as
well) to understand the issues raised these licensing agreement, we have
prepared an Analysis of Licensing Agreements for Digital Information. The
pages that follow include a collection of common terms usually found in
licensing agreements, along with a discussion of the pros and cons of
specific language in such agreements. We have tried to present language
that we believe to be fair and workable for libraries and information
providers as well. We have also included examples of provisions that we
believe are unduly burdensome or otherwise do not adequately reflect the
needs of libraries in providing digital information to their users.

We hope that these materials will serve as a useful starting point towards
providing librarians with a better understanding of the issues raised by
licensing agreements in the digital age. "

13. seeking contributors

Blake Carver
News for the Entire Information Science World.

Created and maintained by librarians, is a web site devoted to
current topics and news in the field of Library and Information Science.

I'd like to  welcome Library Juice readers to participate with this Web
Site.  brings you summaries of selected news articles by email,
and via our interactive web site.  We select items and stories that we hope
will stimulate ideas and conversation in the interest of keeping you and
your colleagues informed.  The LISNews web site allows many authors
contribute to bring a wide variety of stories each day.

Your contributions can be anything you feel would be of interest in the
library and information science field. Contributions can be news stories,
editorials, poems, jokes, web site links, or just about anything else.

As a home for your creative instincts, we hope to give voice to your
own intellectual visions. All ideas are open for discussion on our web site.
It will be your insight and creativity that helps further LISNews. All
submissions will remain under complete control and copyright of the author.

Thanks again for considering, You can reach me at:
btcarver[at], or
We also have a Mailing List you can subscribe to at:


14. Andrew Carnegie, Union-Buster

Dear all,

Here are a couple of  webpages that says something about
libraries, &  about one of the greatest of Library

Andrew Carnegie

During his 83 years, Carnegie give away over $350 million and helped
build 2,509 libraries throughout the English-speaking world.

Yet there is another aspect to the man, which many might
not be so informed about.
He was engaged upon union bashing.

So - here are a couple of webpages that illustrate just what
sort of person he really was.

Andrew Carnegie, 1835-1919


The Homestead Strike of 1892
This was a very nasty strike at the Carnegie Steel Company

So here's to historical accuracy !

There is also an article that covers aspects of the
Homestead Strike in Freedom - Aug' 12th 2000, vol 61 No 16

Martyn Lowe


15. IFLA 2000 report

Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2000 22:34:14 -0500
To: SRRT Action Council <srrtac-l[at]>
From: Al Kagan <akagan[at]>
Subject: [SRRTAC-L:5134] IFLA Jerusalem

Report to SRRT on the 66th IFLA General Conference, Jerusalem, 13-18
August 2000

Jerusalem was perhaps the most controversial IFLA venue in the history of
the organization.  The status of the city is one of the main contentions
in the ongoing peace talks. The Palestinian and other Arab librarians
boycotted the meeting and instead convened a conference of the Arab Union
for Libraries and Information in Cairo.  Although IFLA officials stated
that they only learned of the boycott fifteen months before the meeting,
the Palestinians claim contesting the venue four years ago, one year after
the choice was announced.  The IFLA Executive Board issued a statement last
year stating that the conference  "does not confer any particular
recognition or status on that venue."  This may be a fine theoretical
statement, but it was ignored in practice.  In fact, the Opening and
Plenary Session presumably arranged by the Israeli Organizing Committee
turned out to be an explicit showcase for promoting the politics of the
State of Israel.  A representative from the Israeli Knesset (Parliament)
welcomed us to the "unified capital of the State of Israel." This was in
Hebrew, so those without headphones for simultaneous translation missed
it.  The keynote speaker at the Opening Session is usually a government
official who talks about libraries, education, or culture in the host
country.  This was the first time in my knowledge that the speaker was a
political scientist who addressed an overtly political topic, the
dramatically changed conditions that have led to the peace process.  The
talk was given by Shlomo Avineri, Director of the Institute for European
Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a former
Director-General of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The session was
concluded with a choir singing Israeli peace songs.

Although the Palestinians were effectively silenced at the official
meeting, the Norwegian Library Association took the lead in bringing a
Palestinian point-of-view to the attendees.  A small international group
met with Feisal Husseini, the informal mayor of East Jerusalem and the
member of the PLO Executive Committee who is in charge of Jerusalem
affairs.  The group was presented with a statement from the National
Conference of Palestinian Librarians which reaffirmed the boycott, noted
that the Israeli Government had prevented a workshop for Palestinian
librarians, and called for Unesco intervention to maintain the cultural
identity of the city.  This statement was finally published in the
conference newsletter, the IFLA Express, on the last day of the meeting.
IFLA President, Christine Deschamps, stated at the closing session that
the IFLA Executive Board dissociated itself from political incidents
during the conference, but claimed that these were beyond the control of
the local organizing committee. This was the weakest response possible.

Several other statements were made during the conference in at least two
other meetings.  I took the opportunity to address the question at both
the panel and the business meeting of FAIFE, the Committee on Free Access
to Information and Freedom of Expression.  I asked the following
rhetorical questions concerning the Opening Session: Why were we welcomed
to the "unified capital of the State of Israel?" Why was it focused on the
peace process with only the Israeli point- of-view and no chance for
discussion? Why were there Israeli peace songs but no Palestinian peace
songs? And in a city with a large Palestinian population, why was there
not one word of Arabic?  At the FAIFE business meeting, I said that the
situation was entirely predictable five years ago, and I asked that FAIFE
have some input into future venue decisions.

Although the Israeli Organizing Committee had to promise that all would be
welcome in its bid to win the venue, it turns out that visas were denied to
many third world librarians.  It is notable that the Regional Section on
Africa's funded speaker was denied a visa as were a number of other
African librarians.  Many also suffered long and difficult immigration and
customs interrogations, both on arrival in Israel and before takeoff at El
Al Airlines facilities at other airports. I observed what appeared to be a
typical case of profiling on my arrival, the same kind of treatment that
blacks often suffer here in the US. 

On the positive side, I am pleased to report a successful meeting of the
IFLA Social Responsibilities Discussion Group.  There were about 80 people
who engaged in a lively discussion around recommendations to IFLA on
addressing the growing gap between the information rich and the
information poor, both between countries and within countries.  About 30
people have volunteered to work on implementing the recommendations
assuming endorsement by the IFLA Professional Board.  The recommendations
were forwarded to the Professional Board for action at their fall meeting
in The Hague.

It was also heartening to find a panel on "Libraries and the WTO."  The
speakers were Frode Bakken, the current President of the Norwegian Library
Association and, Paul Whitney from the Burnaby Public Library in Canada.
They explained the excellent IFLA policy on the WTO (which has been
endorsed by ALA) and talked about what happened in Seattle.
Unfortunately, as opposed to our SRRT panel in Chicago, the spirit of
Seattle was not evident in the room.  There was also a Guest Lecture on
the WTO by Steven Shrybman, also from Canada. He characterized the WTO as
the "most powerful organization that has ever existed."  For example, he
noted that the US has won a case against Canada treating periodicals as
commodities, exactly the same way as beer.  Local content in Canadian
periodicals has no relevance under WTO rules.

There were three notable agenda items at the FAIFE meeting, the recently
issued report on the state of libraries in Kosovo, the
draft World Report on the state of libraries in various countries and the
controversy around the FAIFE report on Cuba.  The Kosovo report has been
issued as a monograph.  It describes the war devastation and offers
recommendations for revitalization.  The first World Report will be issued
next year and will be something like an Amnesty report on the state of
libraries.  Marta Terry, the President of the Cuban library association,
ASCUBI, made an impassioned rebuttal to the FAIFE report condemning Cuban
Government repression against the so-called "Independent Librarians."  Her
remarks will be available in English shortly.  I was able to back-up her
remarks by referring to the recent trip by US librarians who visited two
of these "independent libraries."  I noted that they were neither
independent nor librarians, and that their small living room collections
of books distributed by the US Interest Section in Havana did not function
as libraries.

On a personal note, I would like to thank Margot Brault who told me about
the wonderful Jerusalem Hotel and their Alternative Tours.  This small,
decorative and warm Palestinian Hotel served as my home away from home in
East Jerusalem, provided me with wonderful food in their garden
restaurant, helped me attend the exquisite Jerusalem Festival for Arabic
Music and Jazz, and provided me with political tours to Gaza and The West
Bank.  A tour of a refugee camp in Gaza was an experience I will not
easily forget.  I did learn more about the Medical Library in Gaza, and I
hope we can follow-up on our proposed aid project.  It was quite a trip.

Al Kagan
August 27, 2000

Al Kagan
African Studies Bibliographer and Professor of Library Administration
Africana Unit, Room 328
University of Illinois Library
1408 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801, USA

tel. 217-333-6519
fax. 217-333-2214
e-mail. akagan[at]

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FYI.  We have about 30 people ready to work in small working groups on
implementing each of these recommendations.  We must first wait for the
approval of the IFLA Professional Board.  This will be on their fall
meeting agenda. 

Recommendations from the IFLA Social Responsibilities Discussion Group
Revised August 15, 2000

The IFLA Social Responsibilities Discussion Group first met at the 1997
Copenhagen meeting under the auspices of the Section on Education and
Training.  The first priority has been to address the growing gap between
the information rich and the information poor both between countries and
within countries. All countries have information gap problems to a greater
or lesser degree.  Several discussion papers were developed on various
subthemes, and they were presented and discussed at the 1998 Amsterdam
meeting.  A composite discussion paper with recommendations was presented
and further discussed at the 1999 Bangkok meeting (Paper #126-72-E).  The
recommendations were further refined at the open session at the 2000
Jerusalem meeting.  All of the discussion papers are available on the
IFLANET (  The recommendations
below are arranged in the order of the discussion papers, except
Recommendations 12 and  13 which were advanced at the 1999 open forum.

Rural Library Development
1. IFLA should develop a research program on rural library development in
coordination with national library agencies.  The focus should be on
empowerment of local authorities to process information required by the
community in comprehensible formats for diverse rural populations.

Literacy in Libraries
2. IFLA should urge library and information schools to promote adult basic
education skills as a component of their curriculums.
3. IFLA should promote literacy training as a basic library service as
advocated in the Unesco Public Library Manifesto.

Fees for Library Services
4. IFLA should take a strong position against fees for basic services
broadly construed as advocated in the Unesco Public Library Manifesto.
5. IFLA should work with commercial information providers to establish a
standard price structure for public libraries based on ability to pay.

Human Resource Development
6. IFLA should encourage library and information science schools to adopt
a socially responsible orientation, including the promotion of a strong
service ethic towards all population groups.

Electronic Information Gap
7. IFLA should promote the development of and assist in formatting local
content for electronic resources.
8. IFLA should work with appropriate national and international bodies to
promote policies and develop programs that equalize access to the Internet.

North-South Library Cooperation
9. IFLA should promote greater resource sharing between the North and
South, including Southern links to the information superhighway for
equitable, adequate and reliable communications for all.
10. IFLA should research the education and training needs of Southern
countries in conjunction with relevant agencies in order to facilitate the
development of appropriate information infrastructures.
11. IFLA should urge appropriate government agencies to develop policies
conducive to the development of information infrastructures for equitable,
adequate and reliable communications for all.

The Profession, Library Associations, and IFLA Structure
12. IFLA should monitor and report on how various library associations are
addressing information gap issues.
13. IFLA should put the concerns of Third World librarianship at the
center of its program and activities.

Al Kagan
African Studies Bibliographer and Professor of Library Administration
Africana Unit, Room 328
University of Illinois Library
1408 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801, USA

tel. 217-333-6519
fax. 217-333-2214
e-mail. akagan[at]

16. bans woman named "Babcock" for foul last name

----- Original Message -----
From: "Declan McCullagh" <declan[at]>
To: <politech[at]>
Cc: <omar[at]>; <bwong[at]>; <abrown[at]>
Sent: Wednesday, August 23, 2000 1:13 PM
Subject: FC: bans woman named "Babcock" for foul last name

: [I've copied Omar in case he'd like to respond. --Declan]
: *********
: Scunthorpe (historical note, courtesy of ocschwar[at]MIT.EDU):
: *********
MEDIA RELEASE: For immediate release
Contact: Bobson Wong (201-928-4378, bwong[at]
or Alan Brown (201-928-4365, abrown[at]

NEWARK, N.J., August 18, 2000 - In a new twist on Internet censorship, Los
Angeles attorney Sherril Babcock was blocked from joining the online service - at least until she changes her name.

When Babcock registered for access to, a New York-based
Web site dealing with African-American topics, she was told that her last
name was "unacceptable," presumably because it contained the word "cock,"
and she was not permitted to register.

Suspecting the matter to be a simple matter of the site's overly ambitious
censorware, she contacted hoping to clear up the problem.
She explained that "Babcock was my father's name as well, and I am very
fond of him."

Crystal Martin,'s Moderator for Member Services,
responded. She apologized twice for the inconvenience, but said
"unfortunately, the letters that form the word 'Cock' is [sic]
unacceptable and will not be recognized by our system."

Omar Wasow,'s executive director, intends to continue
using the censorware. Though he described himself as a strong supporter of
free speech, he defended his use of censorware as an attempt to not offend
his site's membership, even though there would be casualties like Sherril
Babcock. When asked if he would register Babcock manually, thereby
bypassing the censorware, Wasow explained that if the censorware made bad
decisions even only one percent of the time, it would have meant over
8,000 manual entries given the current population of his online community.
Babcock would just have to change her registration name to please the

End of matter. Babcock is still not a member, and cyber-rights groups are
having a good laugh over this latest episode of censorware's shortcomings.

"Censorware is a non-solution for a non-problem. It doesn't block what it
intends to, most of which doesn't hurt anyone, and it blocks far too much
of what it shouldn't. It's a failure and it's scary that some want public
libraries to adopt this junk," said Alan Brown, Internet development
director for the Digital Freedom Network.

The episode reminded Babcock of America Online's ban of the word "breast"
in its chat rooms. The ban was only overturned when members of a breast
cancer survivor's group complained that the ban left them with very little
to talk about.

According to the cyber-rights organization Peacefire, Internet censorware
is so flawed that various versions have blocked Web sites including Time
Magazine, the National Organization for Women, the Vatican, the Heritage
Foundation, and even sites about dogs.

"Would St. Francis of Assisi or Emily Dickinson also have been banned from", asked Bobson Wong, executive director of the Digital
Freedom Network.

The Digital Freedom Network (DFN) promotes human rights around the world
by developing new methods of activism with Internet technology and by
providing an online voice to those attacked simply for expressing
themselves. DFN creates Internet applications to fight censorship,
acquires technology tools for other activists, launches Internet-based
campaigns on behalf of human rights, and serves as a technical resource
for activists worldwide. DFN's Web site is

# # #

Media release from:
Digital Freedom Network
520 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102-3111
Phone: +1 (201) 928-4378
Fax: +1 (201) 928-2984
E-mail: <mailto:info[at]>info[at]
Web: <>

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From: "Karen G. Schneider" <kgs[at]>
To: ALA Council List <alacoun[at]>
Subject: [ALACOUN:5032] Fw: Response from on banning "Babcock" last names
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2000 06:52:13 -0400

I thought Ken Haycock would particularly enjoy this update.

-- Karen G. Schneider

----- Original Message -----
From: "Declan McCullagh" <declan[at]>
To: <politech[at]>
Cc: <omar[at]>; <bwong[at]>; <abrown[at]>
Sent: Thursday, August 24, 2000 10:02 PM
Subject: FC: Response from on banning "Babcock" last names

> [Well, it's not exactly a response, but a paraphrase of one. Close enough.
> --Declan]
> ********
> >Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 00:04:29 -0400 (EDT)
> >From: Shana Skaletsky <skaletsk[at]>
> >To: Declan McCullagh <declan[at]>
> >Subject: Re: FC: bans woman named "Babcock" for foul last
> >  name
> >
> >This practice has become increasingly more common, unfortunately. When I
> >created a profile at's networking professionals site, I was
> >blocked from posting my educational background, since I wrote that I had
> >graduated *cum* laude from NYU.
> >
> >Best,
> >Shana Skaletsky
> *********
> >Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2000 14:57:04 -0400 (EDT)
> >From: Ross Stapleton-Gray <director[at]>
> >To: Declan McCullagh <declan[at]>
> >Subject: Re: FC: bans woman named "Babcock" for foul last
> >
> > >  > "Would St. Francis of Assisi or Emily Dickinson also have been
> > >  > from
> > >  >", asked Bobson Wong, executive director of the
> > >  > Digital
> > >  > Freedom Network.
> >
> >Sure, along with that celebrated offender, John Hancock.
> *********
> >From: "Bass, Kenneth C., III" <kcbass[at]>
> >To: declan[at] <declan[at]>
> >Subject: RE: bans woman named "Babcock" for foul last
> >Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2000 13:46:42 -0400
> >X-Mailer: Internet Mail Service (5.5.2650.21)
> >
> >Ah! Fond memories!
> >
> >In 1995 when I first tried to register my wife's business domain
> >( the registrar balked.  I finally got to talk to a live
> >body over there who agreed that just because three objectionable letters
> >appeared in sequence in the proposed name was no reason to refuse to
> >register it!
> >
> >Ken
> *********
> >From: "Bobson Wong" <bwong[at]>
> >To: "Declan McCullagh" <declan[at]>
> >Subject: Re: bans woman named "Babcock" for foul last
> >Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2000 13:31:53 -0400
> >X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 5.00.2014.211
> >
> >Declan,
> >
> >Omar Wasow responded to us with a very thoughtful and respectful e-mail.
> >Basically, he distinguished between editorial decisions made by private
> >entities and censorship by the government, and he says that the First
> >Amendment addresses the latter and not the former. "The real threat to
> >freedom of speech in this country and especially abroad is from hostile
> >governments," he argued.
> >
> >Ironically, the filtering technology being used by China and other
> >governments to keep "objectionable" material out of the hands of their
> >citizens is the same as that used by private corporations.
> >
> >FYI, I'm putting the finishing touches on a piece for Internet Freedom
> >( about Babcock and the shortcomings of filtering
> >I imagine it'll go up soon, since it's due today!
> [personal note snipped --dbm]
> - Bobson
> >____________________
> >Bobson Wong
> >Executive Director
> >Digital Freedom Network
> >520 Broad Street
> >Newark, NJ 07102-3111
> >U.S.A.
> >Phone: +1 (201) 928-4378
> >Fax: +1 (201) 928-2984
> >E-mail: bwong[at]
> >Web:
> **********

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An interesting article on the subject:


17. Tom the Dancing Bug

This is a great cartoon in Salon Magazine:

First panel:
"A book locating/lending phenomenon known as the "Dewey Decimal System" -
enabling users to get access to copyrighted text material for free - has
sent shockwaves through a panicked publishing industry."


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