Internet archive law changes

Came across this via Twitter this morning –

A couple of ‘highlights’;

The 2013 regulations said the UK Web Archive would be available only to people who visited a “Legal Deposit” like the British Library in person and sat at one of its terminals. Any pleb with ideas above his station knows not just anyone can get a reader’s pass to the British Library.

2013 internet legislation said that not only would you have to visit some posh library to read the UK web archive, but it could only be viewed by one person at a time! If you were sat at terminal A in the Bodleian Library or whatever and you wanted to look up that other speech Cameron gave at a Google conference when he was crawling to be prime minister, and someone else was already reading it on terminal B, you would have to wait till they’d finished reading it first.

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