Re: Fundamental reform of (C) (Fwd)

From: Bernard Katz <bkatz[_at_]uoguelph.ca>
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 1996 21:34:30 -0400 (EDT)

On Mon, 23 Sep 1996 John Lederer <johnl[_at_]ibm.net> wrote:
>
> 2) The internet, as you noted, creates a broader need for
> dissemination/availability of information, and consequent copyright
> tangles. When I can, for $6 a month put up my own web site, declaiming
> the need for political action to eliminate the wearing of neckties, or
> explicating the meaning of Kiowa spear notches, are libraries and the
> other groups you mentioned really different in their function than I?
> Why should a library be excused from paying high copyright fees on the
> seminal 1906 work on Kiowa spears, but not I, for use on my web site?

Well, for one thing, everyone does not have a computer let alone can afford the $6 month or whatever for net access. But a great many more folks can read and use a library. And this still goes for students as well as non-students. The Net is a *priviledged* means of communication and access to information at this point in time.

Bernard Katz, U of Guelph

              Guelph, Ontario
bkatz[_at_]uoguelph.ca Received on Thu Sep 26 1996 - 01:40:14 GMT

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