But are we hiding something?
For those who missed it, Steven Colbert came up with a new catchphrase last night during his interview with John Perry Barlow of the EFF: "Librarians are hiding something". The Shifted Librarian has the video of the segment.
Why was Barlow on the Colbert Report? Well, EFF is suing VIacom on behalf of MoveOn because of Viacom suing YouTube/Google, in small part over Colbert Shows clips/parodies of same.
I have only
2 3 minor observations:
2) Stephen said last night that it was a trademarked phrase, but trademark protection does not work like copyright. The moment a copyrightable expression is fixed in a tangible medium, it is effectively under copyright. But for trademark ... you have to file for TM protection to the US Patent and Trademark Office, there are forms to be filled out, fees to be paid and requirements to be met. And while I'm not an experienced USPTO searcher, I was unable to find a trademark on the phrase "Librarians are hiding something." If you are a better searcher than I (which isn't hard ... I'm slowly losing my mojo), take a look and let me know what you find. Maybe it's not too late for ALA to put its hat in the ring ...
3) I see shirts and mugs and bumper stickers out of this:
Librarians are hiding something ... your privacy.
Hmmm ... whatever happened to my CafePress account?