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Re: Copyright in Bibliographic records?

May I naively ask exactly what OCLC feels it ought to protect its
databases from? -Alan M. Edelson, Ph.D. 

Paul M. Gherman wrote:
> OCLC certainly has copyrighted its database of  bibliographic records
> to protect the interests of its member libraries. (Some recall the
> heated debate some years ago between OCLC and the regional networks.)
> The data (facts) in the OCLC database represents a significant
> economic value to the membership of OCLC. Copying this data without
> payment or permission seems to me an obvious violation of copyright.
> Cataloging data is not just data, but intellectual work which most
> libraries pay their employees to preform.
> Paul M. Gherman
> University Librarian
> Vanderbilt University
> Nashville, TN 37240
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