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  This section of the Train Station points to resources that are intended to help you get a handle on Internet policies. Topics include ethical computer use, policies, copyright, and censorship.
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Public Library Internet Access Policies
Over 125 Internet access policies from public libraries around the country. This site was last updated in August of 1997, and will not be updated again.

Sample policies for Internet use in public libraries
AltaVista search results showing policy pages from many public libraries.

Internet use policies for schools: information and templates
From Nancy Williard, Technology Consultant. This information is downloadable for review, but the author asks for a $50 licensing fee for reproduction and use.

Sample policies for schools
AltaVista search results showing policy pages from many schools and school districts.

Sample policies for colleges and universities
AltaVista search results showing policy pages from many colleges and universities.


Ten Myths About Copyrights
Focuses on myths pertaining to Usenet and Internet publications.

Copyright and Fair Use
Sponsored by the Council on Library Resources, FindLaw Internet Legal Resources, and the Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources. Provides extremely detailed information including legislation, cases, and further internet resources.

U.S. Copyright Office
Includes detailed copyright information including application forms and circulars.

Copyright Clearance Center
Created to "help organizations comply with U.S. copyright law." Over 1.75 million titles.

The Copyright Website
Easy to read and interpret copyright information. Includes sections on copyright basics, famous infringements, internet and software, fair use, and the latest news. Also provides a forum for questions and discussion.


American Library Association - Resolution on the Use of Filtering Software in Libraries
Adopted by the ALA Council, July 2, 1997.

American Library Association/Intellectual Freedom Committee - Statement on Library Use of Filtering Software
July 1, 1997

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
Organization "protecting rights and promoting freedom" online.

Eight Programs to Porn-Proof the Net
Recommendations for keeping children from viewing obscene or pornographic material. Includes reviews of eight software filters.

Filtering Facts
A non-profit organization that promotes the use of filtering software in library settings. Contains links to articles, reports, and resources that are in favor of filtering.

Filtering Info. from the Texas ISP Association
Many links to resources that discuss blocking and filtering software. Includes links to software reviews, a list of companies that sell blocking software, and information for parents considering filtering software.  There is also a section of links about evaluating content on the web. 

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