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Monday, July 12, 2004

More on copyright barriers to digital preservation

Marcum, Deanna B. The DODL, the NDIIPP, and the Copyright Conundrum, Portal, July 2004 (accessible only to subscribers). After quoting the vision statements from the Distributed Open Digital Library (DODL) and the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), Marcum makes this comment: "What a wonderful prospect these two vision statements hold out. Vast quantities of recorded information and knowledge will be easy to access by scholars, students, and other researchers around the world and will be safely preserved for access by generations of researchers yet to come! Such a scenario will empower us all, and it is all now becoming technologically possible. Alas, it is not going to happen. That is, it is not going to happen as fully as it could. Not without another kind of collaboration --a collaboration that finds ways to reconcile global library access with individual intellectual property rights." (Thanks to Charles W. Bailey, Jr.)