[Web4lib] Enhanced E-book Service

Lars Aronsson lars at aronsson.se
Thu Oct 14 00:47:00 EDT 2010

On 10/14/2010 01:59 AM, Tim Spalding wrote:
> I wanted to find references to who read what Greek authors, and what
> they thought about them. So I basically read through the *indexes* of
> a few hundred relevant books—papers, biographies, histories, poetry,

An index is just a list of facts, which is not a work of literature.
In Europe, such lists are covered by 15 years of database rights,
but every index published before 1990 should be possible for
Google or Hathi to publish openly, worldwide.

There can be arguments over the use of cover images, but the
contents of title pages are already copied into library catalogs
without respect to any copyright. I think the same should go
for tables of content and indexes, and for legends to maps.
There should be no need to obscure them with snippets.

   Lars Aronsson (lars at aronsson.se)
   Aronsson Datateknik - http://aronsson.se

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