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OPLIN 4cast #1

Posted in blogs, COPA, Creative Commons, DVDs, Google, and newspapers

The OPLIN 4cast is a new, weekly compilation of recent headlines, topics, and trends that could impact public libraries. You can subscribe to it via RSS feed at

This week’s 4cast:

1. COPA Subpoenas Go Way Beyond Google

When the federal government wanted data to bolster their argument that portions of the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) should be renewed, it turns out that they demanded information from a lot more companies than just Google.

2. Legal Movie Downloads Don’t Come Cheap

Movielink and CinemaNow have become the first major online sources for (legal) downloadable movies in the United States. The movies will be available for download on the same day as the DVDs go on sale, but it will cost more to do so.

3. Print Newspapers Going the Way of the Dinosaurs?

More and more readers are surfing to their newspaper online instead of subscribing to the paper version.

4. A Shortcut Through the Fog of Blogs

What’s a blog and how can they help you? Here’s a quick, three-step way to get your feet wet without having to know anything.

4b. Creative Commons Licenses

Joy Weese Moll published the above article under a Creative Commons License. Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that provides “a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators” in the form of free, voluntary “some rights reserved” licenses.