Re: Libraries and lending of electronic works

Subject: Re: Libraries and lending of electronic works
From: John Crosby (
Date: ti 15 huhti  1997 - 16:46:32 EEST

I am particularly intrigued by the potential problems that will arise as
libraries become "virtual." Members of the Special Libraries
Association are, for the most part, not public librarians, but they will
encounter the same problems as clients and customers will always
want to see a physical product. This is the crux of the problem of
dealing with copyright in the networked digital environment.
Authors and publishers will always maintain that, if their products
are available in tangible form, they have a right to prohibit the
distribution of printed copies from electronic form. But if they
discontinue printing of books and other publications, how can they
continue such policies.

John Crosby Director, Government Relations
Special Libraries Association (202) 234-4700, ext. 629
1700 18th Street, N.W. FAX: (202) 265-9317
Washington, D.C. 20009-2514

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