Yesterday's online protest was directed at legislation in Congress to protect copyrights of proprietary information that was promoted by companies which own a great deal of this information such at TV networks, movie and record companies. Legislation that had gathered a great deal of support suddenly lost that support with the onslaught of phone calls and emails to Congressional offices yesterday when Wikipedia shut down for the day and Google had a piece of tape over their name to symbolize suppression of information on the internet.
The new rules for sharing information, music, pictures and other proprietary material online is a battle that will continue to be fought as the digital age continues. How the owners of the proprietary material accept the general public having access in a manner that expands their business and not contract it will continue to be a work in progress. Napster evolved into ITunes. Book publishers are now trying to determine how they will grant library patrons the ability to directly downloaded from library sites. Eventually a system will be developed granting libraries the ability to purchase a limited number of licenses for books which can be downloaded by library patrons. The downloaded copies of books would disappear from an eReader after 3 weeks and not be copyable. No owner of proprietary material wants to go the way of Border's or Kodak.
County Executive Ulman and County Council invite you to join them for a celebration of the Lunar New Year 4710, the Year of the Dragon. The event will be held at George Howard Building, Banneker Room Friday, January 20th at 4 pm. Its address is 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City. It will feature cultural performances and ethnic food. FREE and OPEN to the public.
They are asking for your help to identify nominees who embody the spirit of “American Success.”
The award criteria are that recipients must:
1) be foreign-born individuals who live or work in Howard County
2) be either the owner of a successful Howard County business or have achieved a high level of success in his/her chosen profession
3) have made a significant contribution to either the ethnic or general community through his/her volunteer services in Howard County.
To download a nomination form from our website, please click here
Please note that nominations are due to FIRN by February 8, 2012.