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Open government group publishes information about risks to public health from chemical facilities

OMB Watch posted updated information on the risks of over 140 dangerous chemicals from facilities nationwide. The information can be found on the website of the Right-to-Know Network. -DB OMB Watch Press Release October 29, 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. — OMB Watch today posted updated information about the risks of serious public harm posed by thousands of chemical facilities nationwide. The risk management plans of approximately 14,000 facilities that handle more than the threshold amounts of

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‘Three strikes’ penalty for file sharing a sticky wicket for British politicians

EFF’s Danny O’Brien says British politicians are in for a firestorm of protest and perhaps failed election bids if they support a government digital economy bill that includes a provision for terminating Internet access for repeated copyright infringement. -DB Electronic Frontier Foundation Commentary October 28, 2009 By Danny O’Brien The arbitrary termination of Internet access for repeated accusations of copyright infringement — “three strikes” — is as profoundly unpopular in the UK as it is elsewhere.

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Will it Work?: New German proposal for copyright system to save journalism

Citizen Media Law Project blogger Arthur Bright argues that Germany’s proposal to charge for journalism content using a system similar to that used by the movie and music industries is fraught with difficulty and will only delay the inevitable. To survive, says Bright,  journalism must develop a workable business model. -DB Citizen Media Law Project Commentary October 30, 2009 By Arthur Bright It’s tough being a publisher these days. Of course, no one is having

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Connecticut diocese comments on Supreme Court refusal to hear appeal to prevent release of sex-abuse records

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected requests to hear an appeal to stop the release of records of sex-abuse lawsuits against priests in the Bridgeport, Connecticut diocese. The diocese has been working for years to keep the records secret. -DB Diocese of Bridgeport Press Release November 2, 2009 BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Diocese of Bridgeport today issued the following statement in response to the United States Supreme Court’s decision not to grant a writ of certiorari:

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Federal shield law moving forward in Senate after compromise forged with White House

The federal journalist shield law cleared a major hurdle when the Obama administration cut a deal with the Senate to include freelancers and online journalists. The bill also includes a public-interest balance test so that a judge could weigh the public interest in secrecy against the public interest in disclosure. -DB Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press October 30, 2009 By Ansley Schrimpf Two senators announced Friday that the Obama administration has agreed to

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