Sunday, January 11, 2009

Don't get reassured too soon, though

Updates on why fussing over the new legislation isn't just hysteria

The Deputy Headmistress points out that--if I understand this correctly--the "thrift shop reprieve" is more or less just somebody's opinion, not part of the law that goe into effect February 10th in the U.S. The law itself does not exempt library books, or thrift shops, or any of the things people just can't believe will fall under it. I read somewhere about someone on a crochet message board saying something like, "There's something fishy about all this fussing--I'm going to keep on crocheting my toys for charity."

Well, we can always hope they won't have to hang up their hooks. But it sounds like a few more loud YOPs are needed.

2 comments:

Molytail said...

I don't know, maybe I have the rose coloured glasses that your friend mentioned...but I just can't see it happening. I mean....argh, I don't know how to put it in words. It's just completely impossible to enforce, for one thing - the whole 5 years in jail thing...what are they gonna do, build new jails everywhere to lock up all the Mums and Dads and Librarians and little old ladies knitting booties for their grandkids?

They're not gonna force libraries all over the states to close down and burn all the books, schools to throw out everything they own and all that sorta crazy stuff. That would be nuts. They'll fix the law or something - people won't stand for it happening, y'know?

Laura said...

Mollytail said: "They're not gonna force libraries all over the states to close down and burn all the books, schools to throw out everything they own and all that sorta crazy stuff. That would be nuts. They'll fix the law or something - people won't stand for it happening, y'know?"


The kind of government that does that kind of thing doesn't come along often, but the when it does, it's because people let the government get away with writing laws like this, that allow them to do things you can't imagine that they would take advantage of. If it shouldn't be a crime to distribute children's books, then the laws shouldn't make it possible to prosecute someone for the simple act of distributing children's books. Period.

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