library program on Bill Moyers' NOW

Mike Boedicker (
Thu, 16 Jan 2003 09:56:34 -0800 (PST)

Coming up on NOW with Bill Moyers...
January 17, 2002 at 9 p.m. E.T./P.T. on PBS
(check local listings at

Public libraries embody the American ideal that anybody can read, watch or
listen to just about anything they want to. With publications and
broadcasting delivered free by the Internet directly to homes, is the
information revolution making libraries obsolete? As more people can
access this content, the copyright owners -- in many cases large corporate
publishing entities -- are looking for ways to charge fees. A growing
chorus of lawyers, librarians, and educators fear the implications of
losing free access to information for everyone. "Our information and
communication infrastructure is so central to everything we do," says
former American Library Association president Nancy Kranich. "But what's
really underlying that is the free flow of ideas which is essential to
democracy." On Friday, January 17, 2003, at 9 P.M., on PBS (check local
listings at , NOW with Bill Moyers takes
a look into the digital future of intellectual property and the debate
has pit private control against the public domain.

Tune in and share you views on the issues by joining the post-broadcast
online discussion at

Nancy C. Kranich, Past President
American Library Association
Professional Address:
334 W. 89th Street, 4R
New York, NY 10024

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