Showing posts from July, 2017

Two interesting website articles

First,  a new law passed last week in Russia, bans access to certain "secure browsing apps" effectually limiting access to banned sites and making it easier for the state to access Russians browsing habits. Part of the law requires internet companies to restrict patrons access if they are dealing with illegal information. See for more information.

Second, your supposedly anonymous web browsing habits are now easier to  find and expose. Two researchers revealed that 95% of the information they found on people's habits came from 10 popular browser extensions. Companies gather data in your browsing habits and ultimately control and customize which advertisements you see afterwards. Analyzing that data with freely shared public data individuals share allowed the researchers to identify individuals. Many people share so much, that it isn't hard to see that this is very possible. Read more about it here…

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Marjorie Bump Main and Ernest Hemingway

Recently we received a collection on deposit of letters, mostly between Donald St. John and Marjorie Bump Main. After Ernest Hemingway died in 1961, Don began to research people who had personally known him. Through a friend, Don discovered a previously unknown source, Marjorie Bump Main (1901-1987), who had become good friends with Ernest in late 1919. Hemingway historians have wondered about the exact nature of their relationship. Were they good friends or more? She wrote to Don that they were only good friends on a big brother-younger sister level and  that was all she ever wanted or imagined their relationship would be.

copyright laws have changed for pre-1972 sound recordings

On July 19th new legislation was introduced by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee for Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet/

 "H.R. 3301, theCompensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society Act(the CLASSICS Act) resolves uncertainty over the copyright protections afforded to sound recordings made before 1972 by bringing these recordings into the federal copyright system and ensuring that digital transmissions of both pre and post-1972 recordings are treated uniformly."

Practically, the bill will "help settle years of litigation and restore some equity to this inexplicable gap in our copyright system. It makes no sense that some of the most iconic artists of our time are left without the same federal copyright protections afforded to their modern counterparts."

The new law was widely supported by t…