Industry Professor of Information Technology and Management at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Retired Naval Officer with 3500 flight hours and over 600 helicopter small-deck landings at sea.
Pardon me, but isn't getting up and walking out of a Congressional hearing contempt of Congress? Last time I checked, this was a crime. Any bets on no charges ever being filed? If I were the chair do the committee, I sure as hell would be filing charges...
It's my understanding that ever since the U.S. Navy has had the ability to deliver nuclear weapons from ships, or from aircraft on the ships, the only allowable response to inquiries as to whether or not U.S.S. Whatever is carrying nuclear weapons is "I can neither confirm nor deny the presence of nuclear weapons aboard U.S.S. Whatever." That certainly was the case during my entire Navy career.
The stance of the NY Public Library is interesting. As I understand the law, having physical possession of an item in the public domain give you no rights or control over reproduction of that item. A photograph of a painting that is in the public domain, if only the painting itself is displayed is in the public domain and no amount of claims of copyright or "physical rights" can change that fact. The only way the NY Public Library can legally prevent reproduction of an item in the public domain is to refuse to make it available for reproduction, which sort of defeats the purpose of a library. I think I'm going to go copy a bunch of images of public domain material from their website and post them on my blog just to make this point.
While the argument can be made that it is a shaky interpretation of the law, the only property-type rights to digital data--which all of the Snowden documents are--is copyright, and guess what? None of these documents so far are copyrighted, as (at least all I have seen) have been produced by employees of the U.S. Government acting in an official capacity which are, by law, in the public domain. They may be classified, but they're still in the public domain. You can't steal a virtual copy of something in the public domain. Were it a printed copy, Rogers would have an argument, but not for a digital copy. Once again, thanks to the efforts of our 'buddies' at RIAA and MPAA, someone conflates making a copy of a digital object with theft.
When I was deployed as the Air Department Operations Officer aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Indian Ocean in the early 80's, I used the French Navy's daily intelligence summary for my mission planning, because I only had a Secret clearance. The U.S. Navy intelligence summary was Top Secret, not because the information in it was much different from the French report, but because of the methods used to collect the intelligence--mostly advanced electronic intelligence, or ELINT, tools. So it was more important to protect the sources of the material than it was to get the material to the people who needed it to do their jobs. It sometimes seems that nothing ever changes in the DOD.
In all my years as a Classified Material Custodian and as a Security Manager in the Navy it was pounded into me that having a particular clearance level does not give you access to material classified at that level, i.e. having a Top Secret clearance does not give you access to ANY Top Secret material. You must also have a NEED TO KNOW, as defined by whoever is authorized to grant access. Both Snowdon and Bradley Manning clearly had access to huge volumes of material through networked infrastructure that they had NO Need to Know. Why in the world would a PFC in the Army have access to terabytes of classified State Department documents? Both of these instances clearly represent a complete breakdown in the military's ability to enforce THEIR OWN RULES regarding access based on Need to Know. There is a huge oversight issue in the design and construction of information systems that clearly cannot ensure proper segregation of data with access based on proper criteria.
The Librarian of Congress does not work for the President and IS NOT part of the Executive Branch. The President appoints the Librarian of Congress but the Library is a part of the Legislative Branch and always has been; their budget is not a part of the budget proposed to Congress by the President but rather are submitted as Congressional Budget Justifications directly to the Congressional Appropriations Subcommittee for the Legislative Branch. The Librarian is responsible to the Congressional Joint Committee on the Library.
I think a far better--and in the long run more valuable--alternative would be to fight the world's single most egregious example of copyfraud by having someone step up to blatantly abuse the alleged "copyright" and then crowdsource payment of their defense. I'd certainly donate. I am thoroughly sick of copyfraud.
...are digital subscriptions that cost more than the printed paper subscriptions--which include FREE digital subscriptions! Wired magazine costs me $10/year, which includes both the print and the iPad subscription, but if I want iPad only, it costs me a minimum of $1.99 per issue. The Chicago Tribune charges $3.46/week for a digital-only subscription, but only $1.48/week if you get the Sunday print edition plus digital. Someday it will occur to them that digital subscribers may ONLY WANT DIGITAL. Heck, if they threw in digital versions of the two pounds of ads in the Sunday Tribune, I'D READ THEM! [end rant]
I have been a huge fan of Baen Books for many, many years, and I worried that when Jim Baen passed away their commitment to giving away DRM-free digital editions of their books might wane, but their commitment has been unshakable. Because of this, when I go into a bookstore these days, like many other Baen readers I look for the red-and-yellow Baen spaceship. I know they publish books I will like, and I feel a strong need to support their tremendous free book efforts by spending the little money I do on real paper books on Baen books. Keep it up, Toni!
All their ebooks are provided in multiple formats, all with no DRM...
They have a large online library of free ebooks...
They sell ebooks from 11 other publshers as well, all without DRM...
Every so often their print books have a CD full of ebooks, which clearly states that you can do anything with it except sell it. Consequently as soon as each one comes out, it is posted online by loyal readers...
When my youngest son was little, one of his FAVORITE books was Diane Stanley and Dennis Nolan's book The Gentleman and the Kitchen Maid, about a young artist copying paintings in "a great art museum". Every winter we would take a father-son day-long trip to Chicago and when he was about ten he decided he wanted to take all his art stuff and go copy a painting at the Art Institute of Chicago, like the artist character in the book. So we planned the trip around that as the highlight; when we got there and found that they did not allow that he was crushed. For God's sake, even the Louvre allows artists to copy paintings. This killed any chance of my ever becoming a member of the Art Institute, despite living a mere 30 miles away. And it was a serious bump in the road in the young life of a pretty talented yet troubled child.
If I understand Hilary correctly, she must be referring to merchandise that the store HAS IN STOCK but REFUSES TO SELL TO ME; correct? Let's stay it's a rocking chair. They have it--I want it--but they refuse to sell it to me because I just happen to live in the wrong geographic region for that model of rocking chair. So if I set up outside the store window with 12 board-feet of oak and all my woodworking tools and make an exact copy of the rocking chair, leaving their rocking chair still sitting in the store window, would she consider that to be stealing from them? (Oh crap, she probably would.)