Copyright Office Browser Ban Sparks Debate

"The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress has found itself in the middle of some heated online debate about a proposal to limit full use of a new copyright registration Web site to only one browser.

"Critics decry that the choice of the browser, Microsoft Internet Explorer, shuts out users of other less popular browsers and operating systems such as Linux and Apple Computer’s Macintosh.

"They allege that the agency is ignoring the World Wide Web Consortium’s standards for formatting Web sites in favor of designing the site with one vendor’s product in mind."

Joab Jackson. Copyright Office Draws Heat for Proposed IE-Only Rule. Aug. 17, 2005.

See also:

Federal Register. Preregistration of Certain Unpublished Copyright Claims. Aug. 4, 2005.

Update: Anne Broache. New Web Copyright Tool to Exclude Non-IE Users. Aug. 26, 2005.(The Copyright Office will move forward with the copyright tool’s IE version due to time restrictions.)

Written by sesomedia

08/17/2005 at 08:06

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