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OPLIN 4cast #2

Posted in blogs, copyright, Google, and Windows

Last updated on April 19, 2006

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. Digital Rights & Wrongs

Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology is being increasingly used by content companies to prevent buyers from copying and distributing the works of artists and musicians. Is it valid protection of copyright or the criminalization of fair use?

2. Google Gets Contextual

The Google Related Links service allows websites to display a box of links on their site, which are generated automatically by Google according to the site’s content.

3. Windows Reports to Boot Camp

With the release of Boot Camp, Apple now officially supports the installation of Windows XP on their machines. But as the name might suggest, Boot Camp isn’t always a walk in the park.

4. The Essentialness of TechEssence

TechEssence.Info is a new website run by Roy Tennant (California Digital Library) and an all-star cast of librarians that aims to provide “accurate, understandable explanations” of library-related technology.