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. Appearing on the
program are Nancy Kranich, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Patricia
Schroeder, and Jack Valenti.
On Friday, January 17, 2003, at 9 P.M., on PBS (check local
listings at http://www.pbs.org/now/sched.html), NOW with
Bill Moyers takes a look into the digital future of
intellectual property and the debate that has pitted
private control against the public domain.