News Articles

Update on Natalya Sharina case

Wednesday, 7 June, 2017

Canberra, Wednesday 7 June, 2017: FAIR and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has been following developments and helping with a campaign to support Natalya Sharina, the former librarian of the Library of Ukranian Literature in Moscow.

Her case has been concluded and she has been convicted of extremism and embezzlement, in a case which she says is politically motivated.

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Tuesday, 30 May, 2017

Australia’s copyright law is hopelessly out of date.

Things that we all take for granted – forwarding emails; quoting; making and sharing memes; cloud storage – are often illegal in Australia. Fair use would fix this.

Right now the government is considering whether to introduce fair use. Let’s tell them – we need fair use now.

More than 2500 emails have already been sent - what are you waiting for? 

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Take action - join the call to release librarian Natalya Sharina from house arrest

Friday, 5 May, 2017

FAIR is asking library and information professionals to support a campaign urging the release of librarian Natalya Sharina, who is currently under house arrest in Moscow.

FAIR and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)  are in partnership with CILIP, the UK's Library and Information Association and Amnesty International - the organisations which coordinated this campaign.

Australian library and information sector responds to US immigration ban

Monday, 6 February, 2017
The Board of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has endorsed the IFLA position that open societies are healthy societies.
IFLA issued this position following the recent Executive Order issued by US President, Donald Trump, barring entry into the United States by individuals from seven countries.

Wayback Machine - fund raising

Wednesday, 21 December, 2016

Internet archive, the Wayback Machine, is  appealing for funds.

The founder and digital librarian, Brewster Kahle, said this appeal to ensure facts, good, reliable information is archived at a time when fake news is proliferating.

The objective of the fund raising is to create copy of the archive's digital collections in Canada because Mr Kahle said: '...lots of copies keeps things safe.'

During this month, a supporter of the archive, will match donations dollar for dollar.