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12 Oct

Reader Privacy Concerns Overblown Says Tampa Trib -- Not So Say Booksellers

On Tuesday, October 5, Florida's Tampa Tribune published an editorial entitled "The Patriot Act's License to Snoop Causes Unjustified Anxiety " that began by stating, "Fears that the Patriot Act allows government agents to spy on everyone's library records are wildly overblown. All the three-year-old law does is open a variety of semiprivate files to scrutiny by agents conducting espionage investigations.

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07 Oct

Michigan Booksellers Welcome Display Law Clarification

On Tuesday, October 5, Michigan booksellers announced that they welcomed a judge's legal decision that clarified a new state law regulating the display of material that is "harmful to minors."

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30 Sep

Reader Privacy Petitions Presented to Congress

Some of the thousands of petitions collected by ABA-member booksellers.

On Wednesday, September 29, the Campaign for Reader Privacy (CRP) petition drive culminated with a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., as representatives of the four sponsor

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30 Sep

Banishing the Banning of Books

Banned Books Week 2004 -- September 25 to October 2

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20 Sep

Correction

When BTW announced the Book Sense 2004 Banned Books Top Ten, we misidentified a nominating bookseller's store location. Bookseller Judy Park -- from Mostly Books in Gig Harbor, Washington -- nominated Places I Never Meant to Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers, edited by Judy Blume.

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16 Sep

A Few Timely Reminders

Banned Books Week is only a week away, and, given the national First Amendment implications of the USA Patriot Act, this year the event is more important than ever.

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16 Sep

Campaign for Reader Privacy Deadline Just Days Away

Booksellers participating in the Campaign for Reader Privacy petition drive should note that the deadline to submit signed petitions is only five days away. In order for all collected signatures to be counted, booksellers must send all petitions by September 20 to ABA, Restore Reader Privacy, Attn.: Oren Teicher, 828 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591. Until that time, ABA is urging booksellers to keep collecting signatures.

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14 Sep

Speech by ABA COO Oren Teicher Before the Westchester County Board of Legislators

Good evening, my name is Oren Teicher. In addition to being a lifetime resident of Westchester County, I am the COO of the ABA, the national trade group for America's independent retail bookstores, whose national headquarters, as some of you know, is located in Tarrytown.

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09 Sep

Banned Books Week Right Around the Corner

With Banned Books Week, the national celebration of First Amendment rights, just over two weeks away, booksellers are being encouraged to take advantage of the event to educate the public about the importance of protecting bookstore and library privacy, particularly since the passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001.

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09 Sep

Patriot Act Petitions Needed by September 20

The final days of the Campaign for Reader Privacy petition drive are drawing near. Participating booksellers should remember that in order for the signatures they have collected to be counted all signed petitions must be sent by September 20 to ABA, Restore Reader Privacy, Attn.: Oren Teicher, 828 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591. Of course, until that time, ABA is urging booksellers to keep collecting signatures!

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01 Sep

Final Weeks to Collect Signatures Calling for Patriot Act Amendment

The arrival of September marks the final weeks of the Campaign for Reader Privacy petition drive, and ABA is urging booksellers to make one last push to collect the maximum number of customer signatures.

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25 Aug

Reader Privacy Petition Drive to Culminate September 29

With the final phase of the Campaign for Reader Privacy (www.readerprivacy.com) nearing, ABA is encouraging all booksellers to intensify their efforts to collect signatures for the grassroots petition drive to amend Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act.

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12 Aug

The FBI Shouldn't Be Reading Over Our Shoulders

The following op-ed piece was written by ABA COO Oren Teicher and appeared in the August 9 edition of Newsday.

By Oren J. Teicher

We thought we had won.

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