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Info as commodity (RE: Message from Pat Schroeder re: Librarians)

What's happening here, I think, is that we librarians are finally being
forced to confront the silliness of our idea that information is a public
good.  Of course it isn't.  It's a commodity.  It is created by force of
human effort, and it is essentially "owned" by its creator until she sells
or gives it away.  Information has always cost money, and it always will;
library services have never been free, and they never will be.  The longer
we resist waking up on this issue, the faster we'll become irrelevant and
useless to our patrons.

Rick Anderson
Electronic Resources/Serials Coordinator
The University Libraries
University of Nevada, Reno
1664 No. Virginia St.
Reno, NV  89557
PH  (775) 784-6500 x273
FX  (775) 784-1328

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
> [mailto:owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu]On Behalf Of Norman Frankel
> Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2001 3:32 PM
> To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
> Subject: Re: Message from Pat Schroeder re: Librarians
> Information, food, clothing, lawn maintenance, utility payments, mortgage
> payments, college tuition, etc are all commodities and/or services.
> Similar economic models can be applied to all of them.  It would be useful
> to look at information in a wider context- as another commodity or
> service.
> Norman Frankel
> >>> Libsome@isugw.indstate.edu 02/19/01 06:15PM >>>
> I would like to know what Ms. Schroeder considers an equitable solution to
> protecting an author's copyright and a publisher's livelihood?  Would it
> actually be for authors to hold their own copyright and for publishers to
> actually value content with a cap on profit?
> Mike Somers