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OCLC Policy Suckage

I hope you'll join me in signing the petition "Stop the OCLC powergrab!".
You can do so right now at:

http://watchdog.net/c/stop-oclc

OCLC, the not-for-profit that provides library services around the world, has gone too far. Originally, it was a library collaborative -- one library could catalog a book, upload it to OCLC, and then other libraries could save time by reusing the catalog information. But as the price of such technology has fallen, its prices have risen. It charges membership fees, record retrieval fees, user support fees, and fees for all sorts of additional services. But now it's gone a step too far -- it wants to set the terms of use for every library record ever retrieved through OCLC, so that it can maintain its monopoly in the field. In a very real sense, they're trying to steal our libraries. We have to make them stop -- sign this petition.

For more information, see this wiki page: <a href="http://wiki.code4lib.org/index.php/OCLC_Policy_Change">OCLC Policy Change</a>.

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Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
sarakenobi
Dec. 7th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
if it collapses ILL will really suck O_O. bastards.
jenavira
Dec. 7th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
*facepalm* Silly me, I thought libraries were *for* intellectual freedom...
telemonian_aias
Dec. 7th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
The policy change they are proposing this time is relatively minor, but it still doesn't speak well for OCLC nor the trend that it looks like they are planning to take for their MARC distribution.
takiaizawa
Dec. 8th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
Already did.
Makes me want to copyright every record I make, especially for obscure and/or local stuff.
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The Society for Librarians* Who Say "Motherfucker"
For all of those times when the gatekeepers of the world's knowledge are called upon, in their professional capacity, to use the word "motherfucker." Or at least to seriously consider it.

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