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RE: We have met the enemy...
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- Subject: RE: We have met the enemy...
- From: "Sloan, Bernie" <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 22 May 2000 19:02:15 EDT
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I agree with John Cox's statement that "One of the solutions is for publishers and librarians to talk to each other..." The interaction of publishers with libraries is often a contentious process. In a way, I tend to see the relationship as a symbiotic relationship where each symbiont views the other as a parasite. In other words, publishers and libraries need each other, but they all too often tend to view each other as parasites, each out to bleed the other dry. Bernie Sloan -----Original Message----- From: John Cox [mailto:John.E.Cox@btinternet.com] Sent: Sunday, May 21, 2000 5:07 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: We have met the enemy... It's not greed that makes publishers (including ALA, ACRL and other library organisations) put restrictive provisions in their standard agreements. It's fear of the unknown. And that is as true of the commercial publishers that are the butt of much criticism, but also societies, university presses and even non-profit publishers in the library community. In my work as a consultant, I have found no discernable difference in approach between the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Developing business models for online information has been, and will continue to be, a process of experimentation. In uncharted waters, where the parties have for the first time to define their rights and obligations, publishers consult their lawyers. And lawyers, in drafting licences, will be as protective of their clients' intellectual property as possible. Publishers then continue to use such licenses even though the market has changed, and got wiser. Why this should surprise anyone is beyond me - it's human nature. One of the solutions is for publishers and librarians to talk to each other, and reduce their dependence on the legal fraternity. Shouting at each other, and referring to 'the enemy' is not constructive dialogue. John Cox John Cox Associates The Pippins, 6 Lees Close, Whittlebury TOWCESTER, Northants NN12 8XF United Kingdom Tel: +44 1327 857908 Fax: +44 1327 858564 E-mail: John.E.Cox@btinternet.com