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Library of Congress Might Become a Piracy Hub, RIAA Warns

The U.S. Copyright Office is considering expanding the mandatory deposit requirement for publishers, so that record labels would also have to submit their online-only music to the Library of Congress. The Library would then allow the public to access the music. Show More Summary

Inside the Budapest Escape Room That Started the Worldwide Craze

Harry Houdini before an escape. (Photo: Library of Congress/LC-USZ62-53798) In a crumbling basement in the gritty part of Budapest’s VIII District, the clock was already ticking. Various clues lay scattered around the subterranean chamber,...Show More Summary

How does Howard Hanna do it?

The title to this article may very well become the title of a book someday: The story of Howard Hanna’s ascension to the pinnacle of real estate brokerages in America is one for the Library of Congress...

These ungainly plane-helicopter hybrids were once used to transport mail

April 28, 1936 An autogyro takes off in front of the United States Capitol. Image: Library of Congress In 1919, Spanish aviation engineer Juan de la Cierva witnessed one of his airplanes crash after stalling out due to low speed. The pilot was uninjured, but Cierva was determined to improve the safety of low-speed flight. Show More Summary

Remembering General James Nagle On The 150th Anniversary Of His Death

General James NaglePictured Holding the Sword PresentedUpon His Return Home from the Mexican Warin 1848(Library of Congress) 150 years ago...sometime around 4:00 o’clock on the morning of Wednesday, August 22, 1866 in his home in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, and surrounded by his family.. Show More Summary

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- George Eberhart writes for American Libraries about a panel at last week's IFLA congress on library theft and security.- Brooke Palmieri has been appointed editor and Michael Russem designer of APHA's journal, Printing History. Look...Show More Summary

Juan Cole, “The Idea of Peace in the Qur’an” (Kluge Center Blog)

Juan Cole | Library of Congress | John W. Kluge Center | – – The past summer I had an appointment at the John W. Kluge Center that allowed for research in…

Worth a Thousand Words: Boston Beaneater King Kelly

Michael J. "King" Kellyvia the Library of Congress baseball album on Flickr

Miss Elinor Blevins Posing with Her Race Car, circa 1915

Miss Elinor Blevins - a movie star, aviatrix, auto fiend. The photographs were taken by Harris & Ewing in Washington, circa 1915. (Images: Harris & Ewing Collection/Library of Congress)

Mark Twain Had a Lifelong Feud with the United States Postal Service

Mark Twain, pictured in 1907. (Photo: Library of Congress/LC-DIG-ds-05448) When it came to speaking his mind, Mark Twain was rarely one to pull punches. Twain was often critical of others, whether it was calling President Theodore Roosevelt...Show More Summary

A History Of American Violins – In 250 Instruments

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“The fact that there will be all of them in the Library of Congress — they’ll all still be together, they’ll all be available for study. It’s the only memorial that hundreds of American violin-makers are going to have.”

Congress to buy 263 violins from Bob Dylan sidekick

The Library of Congress has announced plans to raise $1.5 million to acquire the David Bromberg collection of US-made violins. Bromberg, a guitarist who once worked by Bob Dylan and George Harrison, developed a hobby on the road of buying pedigree American violins in antique and junk stores. He knew what to buy because he […]

Worth a Thousand Words: Bookplate of Charles P Searle

Bookplate of Charles P. Searle (1904). Sidney Lawton Smith, 1845-1929, engraver.Etching with engraving. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. We all want this bookplate, don't we? I know I want that library. I also love that the reader's book is engraved with a large CPS. Click on the image to see the details better.

Lawsuit: Getty Images copyfrauded 47,000 photos from indie press agency Zuma

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Photographer, public domain enthusiast, and national treasure Carol M Highsmith is suing Getty Images for $1B because they took the photos she'd donated to the Library of Congress and started asking people who'd used them to pay forShow More Summary

You Want to Talk About Reading? Obama Opens the Library (of Congress) On Trump and GOP

3 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Out.com

You don't want to mess with Barack because he will read the White House down.

Could This Lawsuit Change Photo History? A Photographer is Suing Getty for $1 Billion

last monthUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Jen Graves Carol Highsmith took this photo of Seattle, gave it to the Library of Congress for public use, and we downloaded it for free after double-checking with Highsmith's attorney. Will Getty slap us with a threatening letterShow More Summary

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