At 04:35 PM 9/25/2003 , jbigelow@...
>For OCLC's side of the story...
>>For an explanation of the reasoning behind the legal action, please read
>the following press
>> release issued by OCLC yesterday and available at
Oh, I see. The trademark laws made them do it. (Cue Flip Wilson.)
The article repeatedly says, "OCLC attempted to avoid litigation by
repeatedly requesting attribution of our ownership of the Dewey marks from
The Library Hotel. They have refused to do so."
If all that was asked for was a simple acknowledgment of trademark, there
would be no reason for the hotel to refuse. Therefore I think there's more
to the story than this.
At 05:04 PM 9/25/2003 , Jack wrote:
>Still not a chance of getting a judge to believe that a hotel using the
>copyright-free top=level of DDC is infringing on their business. (I
>checked with a librarian I know. They do *not* pay for using DDC, nor had
>they heard of OCLC!
If it's not a copyright issue but a trademark issue, that does change things.
A librarian who's never heard of OCLC is a new one on me. That's like ...
a fantasy reader who'd never heard of Tor or Del Rey would be a mild
comparison. An Earthling who'd never heard of the United States is more
like it. I wouldn't hire even a library assistant who'd never heard of
OCLC, unless it were for a rank beginner's job.
- David Bratman