ALA Should Dump RIAA's Law Firm

ALA Should Dump RIAA's Law Firm.

Does ALA's Law Firm Have a Conflict of Interest?

“The American Library Association (ALA) is investigating whether its relationship with law firm Jenner & Block is a conflict of interest, as the firm has represented the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in its recent efforts to gather the names of those suspected of illegal file-sharing. In a letter to ALA executive director Keith Fiels, Emily Sheketoff, executive director of ALA's Washington Office, said that the office has grown “very uncomfortable” with Jenner & Block's legal activities on behalf of the RIAA. ALA is seeking a letter from the firm setting forth how it would handle any potential conflict.” [Library Journal – Breaking News]

This is very unsettling news, considering how the RIAA's tactics and legislative buying power are affecting privacy, civil rights, and fair use laws. I really hope ALA makes the right decision here and drops Jenner & Block.  [The Shifted Librarian]

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