Microsoft set a good example that Apple has been too stupid to follow, and it's time for the company to do it again. When Microsoft shipped its first search-engine (which makes a copy of every page it searches), it violated the letter of copyright law. When Microsoft made its first proxy server (which makes a copy of every page it caches), it broke copyright law. When Microsoft shipped its first CD-ripping technology, it broke copyright law...
I'll tell you what you should do: you should get yourself tools to turn AACs into OGGs or MP3s right now, so that you can buy any car stereo you want and play your music on it. If you can't get those tools, you shouldn't buy AACs (Student: "What do I do if three thugs follow me down a dark deserted street in the middle of the night?" "Master: Don't walk down a dark deserted street in the middle of the night.")
What is a literature of information - on one level, this refers to literature about information. Obviously all writing is information, of course, and is about information in that writing reveals plot, description, ideology. But info lit refers to texts where information is foregrounded as unusually significant.
Consider science fiction and mystery genres. Mystery is clearly about the discovery of information, through detection and reason. Sf often (but not always) turns on the extrapolation of information in the form of a new idea. Some writers have been very much at home at the confluence of these two: Asimov, Fredric Brown, Poe.
Non-sf, non-mystery texts: Jane mentioned Umberto Eco's fiction, which is rather mystery-ish in many ways, but very much about the discovery of information. Let's go further: would religious texts focusing on communicating rules, cosmologies also be info lit? Deuteronomy, the Gita should count.
Information architecture, as per Jane: there are texts formally structured this way, like the Dictionary of the Khazars, or Ballard's "The Index." What's the relationship between this form and info lit more generally?
More for the "Gothic as guide to everyday life" folder, subdirectory "Southern Gothic": one child dead, and a family in various stages of trauma and incarceration, as what looks like an exorcism in Atlanta went wrong.
Based on what the adults told authorities, investigators believe "they were involved possibly in a ritual of some sort," police spokesman John Quigley said. "It may have had something to do with undemonizing the child in some manner."
The Scotsman reports on the reprinting of an early twentieth-century dictionary of Scots Gaelic. To the author's credit, the author combines a clear love of language with a sensible call for an electronic version.
(Page down to read the Saxon version.)