The Library of Congress will soon implement an online registration system for copyright applications that would only be IE compatable. See the full story on News.com and the post in the Federal Register August 4, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 149).
Nigel McFarlane warned of a “proprietary global infrastructure” in May, 2004, and LC tying their registration system to IE browser is proof that McFarlane was right. See “Smoke, Mirrors and Silence: The Browser Wars Reignite, InformIT, May 28, 2004.
This is a very bad decision on LC’s part, especially when more and more people and organizations are moving away from IE because of security concerns (and in many cases, dropping MS products altogether). See for example, “PSU recommends dumping IE”.
Siva Vaidhyanathan suggests writing to the Copyright office (and so does FGI!) to let them know what a bad idea that is. Comments must be received no later than August 22, 2005.
[Thanks to Sarah Maximiek, Government Documents/Reference Librarian at SUNY Binghamton for posting to govdoc-l!]
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