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Tuesday, 19th February 2002


Copyright--United States
"Court to Decide on Web Copyrights"
From the AP article, "The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to intervene in a fight over copyrights, deciding whether Congress has sided too heavily with writers and other inventors. The outcome will determine when hundreds of thousands of books, songs and movies will be freely available on the Internet or in digital libraries."
See Also: "Supreme Court Will Hear Copyright Case Affecting Online Resources" (via The Chronicle of Higher Education)
See Also: Extensive Background and Full-Text Documents via Berkman Center for Internet & Society @ Harvard Univ.
See Also: Background/Resources/Documents re: Eldred v. Ashcroft
See Also: Full-Text of Brief Filed by the Internet Archive (Thanks LISNews.Com)
See Also: Listen (RealAudio), Charlie Rose Interviews Lawrence Lessig (1/4/02)
See Also: Listen (RealAudio), Lawrence Lessig on NPR's "On the Media"

Info Industry--OCLC
New Informational Site for WorldCat, The World's Largest Bibliographic Database
This site includes several pages of interesting WorldCat statistics. For example, as of 2/4/02 WorldCat contained 46,724,443 unique bibliographic records with about 84% of them being for books.

Web Search--Ask Jeeves
Web Search--iLOR

Source: SearchDay
"iLOR Dumps Google for Ask Jeeves/Teoma"
Chris Sherman breaks the news of iLOR's change from providing results from Google to providing results from Ask Jeeves. He writes, "Run a search on iLOR and you see the same set of results you'd get from searching Ask's Direct Hit database(though iLOR plans to switch to the Teoma database as soon as Ask allows it). These results are ranked by popularity, as measured both by how many people visited a page and how much time was spent viewing it."
See Also: Read iLOR's Official Announcement
See Also: "Ask Jeeves Completes Integration of Teoma Results"

Online Industry--Dialog
Dialog Unveils New Product Aimed at Small Business Market, DialogPRO
Dialog PRO (Predictable Research Online) will be a fee-based service with fixed monthly fees providing unlimited search and retrieval capabilities. From the news release, "A subscriber's fixed monthly subscription is based on the individual source selections the subscriber chooses. All DialogPRO accounts are available for flat fee subscriptions. (Certain restrictions, based on client revenue size, apply.) Additional content materials not included in a subscription may be searched and retrieved on a transactional basis."
See Also: DialogSelect, Open-Access, Pay-Per-View
Searching and title lists are free. Pay (via credit card) to access full-text.

New and Updated Reports from the Congressional Research Service
It's time for another look at a selection of new and or updated reports from the CRS. To access these full-text reports(.pdf) head to this page from Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) or this page Rep. Mark Green (R-WI). Then, select/click the appropriate category and scroll to the report. Here are a few selected new or recently updated reports.
CRS Issue Briefs
*IB87020 Campaign Financing (Updated 2/14/02)
*IB10012 Intelligence Issues for Congress (Updated 2/4/02)
*IB93033 Iran: Current Developments and U.S. Policy (Updated 2/11/02)
*IB94049 Iraq-U.S. Confrontation (Updated 1/18/02)
*IB10068 Major Tax Issues in the 107th Congress (Updated 2/14/02)
*IB94041 Pakistan-U.S. Relations (Updated 2/14/02)
*IB95112 Terrorism, the Future, and U.S. Foreign Policy (Updated 1/31/02)
CRS Short Reports
*RS21115 Enron Bankruptcy and Employer Stock in Retirement Plans (Updated 2/6/02)
*RS21135 Enron Collapse: An Overview of Financial Issues (Updated 2/14/02)
*98-53 Salaries of Federal Officials: A Fact Sheet (Updated 1/7/02)
CRS Long Reports
*RL30153 Critical Infrastructures: Background, Policy, and Implementation (Updated 2/6/02)
*RL31270 Internet Statistics: Explanation and Sources (Updated 2/6/02)
*RL31119 Terrorism: Near Eastern Groups and State Sponsors, 2002

Resources, Tools, and Full-Text Documents (3 Items)
Business--United States--Lists & Rankings
Source: Selling Power
Selling Power 500
This list provides info on U.S. sales force size, number of global employees, and annual sales. You'll need to register (free).
Investment Banking--Lists & Rankings
Source: First Call
Merrill Lynch Named Most-Read Brokerage Firm Worldwide in 2001 and 4Q01
American Memory Project
American History--Digitization Projects

Roundup: New Collections Added to LC's American Memory Project
5 new collections from AMP.
1) The Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress
2) Woody Guthrie and the Archive of American Folk Song: Correspondence, 1940-1950
3) Chicago Anarchists on Trial: Evidence from the Haymarket Affair, 1886-1887
4) Westward by Sea: A Maritime Perspective on American Expansion, 1820-1890
5) The Church in the Southern Black Community, 1870-1925

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