Link Smorgasbord, September 2015

Black Lives Matter Inspired This Chilling Fantasy Novel
N. K. Jemisin was interviewed for the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast, and Wired ran an article on it.  Sadly, I have a feeling that the title of this article means a lot of people will discredit it, please don't, please read it.  She is a fantastic author, and she's not making up her experiences or talking about something that could happen.

EFF Asks Court on Behalf of Libraries and Booksellers to Recognize Readers’ Right to Be Free of NSA’s Online Surveillance
It's really hard to cut out tracking and surveillance of third parties with any sort of online library service.

Who Won Science Fiction’s Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters
Ok, so this one should have been in my August collection, but I was slacking.

Dudes, Did You See the Library They’ve Got Here?
A fun read from McSweeney's.

Academics are being hoodwinked into writing books nobody can buy

How Much Money do Libraries Spend on e-Books?
As of Sept 2015.  The prices are looking on average better than they were several years ago, but it's still pretty rough.

Someone’s Made Audiobooks Out Of ‘80s Film Novelizations
And it's everything you could have hoped for.

This Is Millennials’ Most Embarrassing Secret
To some of this this isn't exactly a surprise - stop assuming digital literacy.  Ability to execute a set series of functions does not require comprehension, and doing so hurts everyone.

Raspberry Pi now has a $60 7-inch touchscreen display
It's kind of adorable.

Xbox One Launch Woes Were Preventable, Next Console Likely Digital Download Only
And digital download only for games means we can't lend them.  :/

We Need the Right to Repair Our Gadgets
I'm a huge proponent of right to repair anything, it just makes sense on so many levels to be able to repair and to re-purpose.

Rejected Library Displays
I fail to see how any of these are bad ideas.  Not only that, my director agrees.  Stay tuned.

First Library to Support Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email
Gah, but in better news they put the TOR relay back up!
Despite Law Enforcement Concerns, Lebanon Board Will Reactivate Privacy Network Tor at Kilton Library

Important Win for Fair Use in ‘Dancing Baby’ Lawsuit
This case has been going on for some time at this point, I remember it being brought up while I was in library school.  A family uploaded a 30 second video (with atrocious audio quality) of their baby dancing to Prince.  The audio is low enough quality that it's hard to even identify the song, but then music by Prince on private videos gets the audio muted, so they're serious about anything resembling infringement.  In this case the EFF sued Universal for the DMCA takedown... and holy crap they won.
Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that copyright holders like Universal must consider fair use before trying to remove content from the Internet. It also rejected Universal’s claim that a victim of takedown abuse cannot vindicate her rights if she cannot show actual monetary loss.
Oyster Is Shutting Down Operations
And a whole bunch of their executive staff is going to Google.

The Art of the Blurb (or, Step Away from The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Max Gladstone)
I would love to see some of his rejected blurbs appear on a book cover.  That being said, I Gladstone does have this fantastic quote from Elizabeth Bear on one of his:
"I'm having Max Gladstone killed. He's too good already to be allowed to live. If this is early work, the rest of us are out of a job." -- Elizabeth Bear, author of The Eternal Sky trilogy"

All the 'Happy Birthday' song copyright claims are invalid, federal judge rules
Well now


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