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FTC's Ability to Obtain Financial Relief for Consumers Hampered by Supreme Court
by George H. Pike
After a recent Supreme Court ruling, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is looking to Congress to restore its power to recoup losses suffered by consumers due to fraud. For several decades, the FTC pursued lawsuits in the federal courts to obtain not only injunctions to stop fraudulent activity, but also orders requiring the fraudsters to disgorge any money earned from their frauds and restore it to the consumer victims. In a unanimous April 22, 2021, decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the FTC only had the authority to obtain the injunction to stop the fraud, but it could not obtain money for the victims.

Weekly News Digests
Adam Matthew Digital's Quartex Adds Handwritten Text Recognition Transcription
Adam Matthew Digital's Quartex platform launched Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) Transcription, a feature that "creates automated, fully searchable transcriptions of manuscript assets with a single click."
Innovative's Vega Discover Implements Curated Showcases for Library Materials
Innovative's Vega Discover tool "now offers library staff the ability to create curated showcases. Showcases display a visual carousel of items to the library's specifications and will automatically appear throughout the Vega Discover interface. ..."
'Perlmutter Addresses Copyright Issues at First House Oversight Hearing' by Blake Brittain
Blake Brittain writes the following for Reuters: "U.S. Copyright Office director Shira Perlmutter told the House Committee on the Judiciary … that she agreed with an office report from before her tenure finding that part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act had become 'unbalanced' and 'out of sync with Congress' original intent.'"
LLRX.com Studies Global Web Trends
Paul X. McCarthy and Marian-Andrei Rizoiu write the following in "We Spent Six Years Scouring Billions of Links, and Found the Web Is Both Expanding and Shrinking" for LLRX.com: "Our research, published today in Public Library of Science, is the first to reveal some long-term trends in how businesses compete in the age of the web."
Studies on Better Comprehension and Memory While Reading Print Versus Digital
Naomi S. Baron writes the following in "Why We Remember More by Reading—Especially Print—Than From Audio or Video" for The Conversation: "I have been studying how electronic communication compares to traditional print when it comes to learning. Is comprehension the same whether a person reads a text onscreen or on paper? And are listening and viewing content as effective as reading the written word when covering the same material?"

NewsLink Spotlight
The Next Normal: The Post-Pandemic Future of Library Services
by Dave Shumaker
As winter turns to spring turns to summer, hope has been rising that the COVID-19 pandemic will subside before many more months have passed. Everyone is beginning to imagine—and plan for—the post-pandemic future. What will it be like? When it comes to library services, it's hard to think that we'll simply return to prepandemic business as usual. Instead of a return to the old normal, or even a new normal, we may experience "the next normal."

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