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Re: Reporter faked the news.
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- From: David Goodman <dgoodman@Princeton.EDU>
- Date: Sat, 17 May 2003 08:43:04 EDT
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Our obligation as librarians is different. Once something has been released to the public, our role is to do whatever is in our power to ensure that public availability continues forever. I suggest that we have this obligation regardless of the wishes of the author, the copyright owner, or any governmental or private power. I am aware of the concept of "droit de retraite", by which an author's "droit moral" is extended to mean that the material can be literally retracted. An author may wish for the right to have time move backwards, but regardless of legal codes, the universe works otherwise. Dr. David Goodman Princeton University Library and Palmer School of Library & Information Science, Long Island University firstname.lastname@example.org ----- Original Message ----- From: Charles Oppenheim <C.Oppenheim@lboro.ac.uk> Date: Thursday, May 15, 2003 6:11 pm Subject: Re: Reporter faked the news. > Surely anyone who owns copyright in a work has the right to destroy that > copyright work. They don't owe it to society to maintain it. There have > been many cases where famous literary figures have destroyed their own > drafts or personal notes, or have requested that such documents be > destroyed on their death. I shudder to think how one can > introduce, let alone police a law that required that (say) everything I > ever wrote must never be destroyed. > > Professor Charles Oppenheim