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[ARSCLIST] copyright and music libraries
ARCS members with some experience in libraries from the 1980s,
(I've tried this on the Music Library Association list without much
success, so I thought I'd try it here:) I remember that, sometime when I
was an undergraduate in the 1980s, music libraries around the country
began disabling their phonograph/cassette systems so that users could
not copy records in the library. It was my understanding that this
procedure helped alleviate liability on the library's part for what
could be construed as infringement of the record companies' product.
Was this ever stated as a general interpretation of copyright or a
guideline? Why were libraries doing this??
I thought this would lead to a simple, direct answer; it hasn't to this
Gary R. Boye, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Music Librarian
Appalachian State University