Just when you thought information was safe

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



(2004), "Just when you thought information was safe", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 32 No. 2. https://doi.org/10.1108/ilds.2004.12232bab.011



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2004, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Just when you thought information was safe

Just when you thought information was safe

More trouble on the legal front. The business friendly government of George Bush gives every reason to worry: (Ed.)

The US House of Representatives has before it an attempt to create a new type of intellectual property specifically for databases. Among the major concerns for libraries and other information providers to the “Database and Collections of Information Misappropriation Act” (H.R. 3261) are such questions as: Will performing interlibrary loans, preservation projects, circulating material, and/or creating bibliographies, or providing access to commercial and/or Internet databases violate its terms? Trouble is, there's no guidance as to what libraries, schools, and research and educational institutions can and cannot do with databases. The vagueness of the text and the lack of definition of terms used in the bill could lead to expensive lawsuits to gain judicial interpretations and limits on liability, according to opponents. http://www.infotoday.com/searcher/jan04/ebbinghouse.shtml

Source: Shelflife No 139, 15 January 2002, available at: www.rlg.org

Related articles