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ABOUT THE LECTURE:
Without technological controls, digital documents are easily
copied. Publishers of texts, music and video are looking to digital
rights management (DRM) technology to allow them to distribute
and sell their goods in digital format with a limited risk of
piracy. DRM technologies in development today range from simple
password control to elaborate models of trusted systems. They
all exercise some control over the use of materials they protect.
What will it mean to writers, publishers, readers and libraries
to work with documents that are protected by technology? How does
DRM interact with copyright law? Can we live with it? Can we survive
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Karen Coyle has over two
decades of experience in digital libraries. She has recently worked
for the Division of Library Automation at the University of California
and the California Digital Library. She is a well-known metadata
expert and has served on the MARC standards committee, the NISO
OpenURL committee, and has advised in the development of MODS
and other metadata efforts.
While active in developing computer systems for libraries, she
is outspoken about the effects, both negative and positive, electronic
information is having on the social role of libraries. She has
published numerous articles on practical and policy questions
relating to the "new information order." She has been
instrumental in developing an awareness of the relationship between
technology and privacy, both in libraries and in the general public.
She is leading the Office for Information
Technology Policy's task force on ebooks, which fosters library
participation in arenas where both policy and technology are being
developed that may determine the future of reading. Karen testified
before the Copyright Office hearings on the role of technological
controls and the doctrine of First Sale.
Karen is a long-time activist with Computer Professionals for
Social Responsibility, for whom she designed their best-seller
t-shirt that reads: Question Technology.