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Should Publishers Be Paid For Metadata Drawn From Their Work?

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Lawrence Lessig draws a nice analogy between Library card catalogues and the Google digitization project. Publishers want to block indexing of their works and/or charge a fee for the right to do so. How can we (libraries) organize information without the right to index it? DRM (Digital Rights Management) makes the future look messy, what if our ability to create meta data was blocked by DRM? Libraries already have too many search engines for their content, and are loosing patronage because they are too hard to use. Are we experiencing planned obsolence on the part of publishers? Are policy makers okay with doing away with libraries, to satisfy commercial interests? Copyright maneoverings seem to suggest it.

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