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kyle.banerjee at state.or.us
Thu Oct 16 14:07:15 PDT 2003
>Very possible bib records are protected, either by contract or by
>copyright. Although, I do wonder whether a bib record is considered a "work."
>In any case, LC records are not protected, and are free for the
>downloading. At least they were last time I asked LC Card Office, maybe
>1994 or so. Amazon records, who knows?
A couple things come to mind. Why the heck would a library go to
the expense and trouble to set up and maintain a z39.50 server with
anonymous access and then be unhappy that records were being downloaded? If
downloading records is undesirable, the server shouldn't have been set up
in the first place.
Union catalogs like Summit routinely transfer millions of records
from databases scattered all over creation to physically separate machines
that provide a specialized function -- all without any royalty payments for
records. If it's wrong to transfer a couple dozen records into some tiny
local library system without payment, it should also be wrong when the
number of records transferred is increased by several orders of magnitude
and the organizations doing it are large state and educational institutions.
It's a good idea to check agreements before redistributing work
done by others (or even by yourself if the works in question are primarily
distributed by a third party). OCLC's basic rules can be found at
To summarize the rule that applies here, you can distribute records for
anything you have holdings on to other libraries, member networks, and
noncommercial firms. In other words, there is no issue serving OCLC
records to a local library or a union catalog if you have holdings.
As far as LC records go, they also can be downloaded with very few
restrictions -- that's why they set the server up. Many foreign and local
libraries use LC as a source of records for English language cataloging
copy. LC knows libraries do this and does not object -- you can pull down
up to 500 records at a time (or at least you could when I last talked to
them). I suspect that if LC changes its mind, they will cut off access to
the server or change the way it is accessed.
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