[Web4lib] Enhanced E-book Service
charper at colgate.edu
Thu Oct 14 08:57:56 EDT 2010
I've long thought that providing a secondary search in the library catalog
of just the indexes would be useful - based on a Thomas Mann article that
highlighted the importance of the index. And I wondered how many of them
would fit the fair-use rule of less than (what is it - 5%, 10%?). Of
course, it wouldn't be fair use because it wouldn't be spontaneous and one
time only. I'm interested to hear that European copyright law may allow one
to include the index in the library catalog - how would we get such a ruling
in this country?
Cindy Harper, Systems Librarian
Colgate University Libraries
charper at colgate.edu
On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 1:46 AM, Tim Spalding <tim at librarything.com> wrote:
> Sorry. My point wasn't clear. The point wasn't that they should index
> the indexes, but that indexes or page references alone are good
> enough. It's nice to have the book right there, but the really
> powerful thing is to FIND that obscure reference.
> On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 12:47 AM, Lars Aronsson <lars at aronsson.se> wrote:
> > 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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