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:: Saturday, September 27, 2003 ::

Funny RIAA Parody Song

A pretty funny RIAA parody song. Not that I would ever endorse such hostile actions.


:: Jason 1:41:00 AM [+] ::
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:: Monday, September 22, 2003 ::

OCLC sues Hotel over Dewey Decimal system

The Online Computer Library Center, a nonprofit organization that I've used numerous times in the past to locate library holdings, is suing a New York-based hotel for infringing its "Dewey Decimal" trademark.


The hotel is described as: "Each floor is dedicated to one of 10 Dewey categories. The 60 rooms are named for specific topics, such as room 700.003 for performing arts, with appropriate books inside."


What a ridiculous suit. The Dewey Decimal System was created in 1873, which means as far as copyright law is concerned, even if its "original" enough to have copyright, it's most likely in the public domain (depends on when Mr. Dewey died). OCLC is, of course, bringing a trademark claim because of this problem, but it will be interesting to see how they get around the Dastar problem, where trademark cannot be used to protect copyrighted works that have fallen into the public domain. Not to mention the fact that Dewey Decimal is almost certainly generic -- I mean really, who thinks of it as a product associated with a particular vendor, let alone a "product" in the first place?



Update: Jenny over at The Shifted Librarian points out that OCLC claims that it tried to resolve its dispute with The Library Hotel for over two years via letter and that all they really wanted was attribution. If this is the case, then I'm much more sympathetic to their claim (although I'm still not sure they have a valid mark in the DDC). On the other hand, they've asked for damages that are 3x the Hotel's profits this year. Doesn't seem like that's in line with their earlier position.


:: Jason 8:00:00 AM [+] ::
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