Friday, June 18, 2010

Copyright: The Digital Dilemma - Special Libraries Association

Copyright owners certainly want to preserve and expand their markets. The report recognizes, however, that not all authors share these same values; for example, academic authors often want wide dissemination of their works and are not so concerned about market protection.

Users of copyrighted works have a different view entirely. Because copyrighted works become part of the social and cultural record of a civilization, public access is especially important to librarians. The licensing of digital resources as opposed to purchase of the work threatens public access, a core value of librarians, and perhaps a core value for the public at large. Not only is public access threatened, but the report raises a concern that public libraries themselves may be at risk.


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