[open-bibliography] OCLC agrees to CC0 with Sweden

Karen Coyle kcoyle at kcoyle.net
Fri Feb 14 11:57:36 UTC 2014

On 2/14/14, 3:34 AM, Peter Murray-Rust wrote:
> That's very good news. Do we assume that the records originally
> "belonged" to OCLC because they built the system.

The gist of OCLC's justification is that they have put a lot of effort 
into maintaining record quality. They not only store them, they also 
merge duplicate records, update records with new authority information, 
and make changes necessitated by changes in the MARC formats. For 
records that come into the database in non-MARC formats, they transform 
the records into decent MARC. In terms of protecting the OCLC database, 
I think it's obvious that they have that right. It's once the records 
leave OCLC that the question comes up. I think of it as something like 
the US "first sale" doctrine: once you've sold something to someone 
else, it's theirs, and you can no longer control it. It is the attempt 
to control down-stream use that goes too far.

  Is there anything
> specially related to national libraries in this?

Not that I know of.

> When we started the JISC Open Bibliography project (was it 5 years ago?)
> one goal was to work with the BL on Open Bibliography and during the
> project they released the Brit Nat Bibliography as CC0. Other national
> libraries have followed suit. So can we now make an effective case that
> this should be the norm for all national libraries?

That might be a stretch given legal and situational differences. (There 
are over 150 national libraries that participate in IFLA, if I remember 
correctly.) But it could surely be an aspiration.


> P
> On Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 10:27 PM, Karen Coyle <kcoyle at kcoyle.net
> <mailto:kcoyle at kcoyle.net>> wrote:
>     I don't have the details of the contract, but I have learned that,
>     after about 10 years of discussions, OCLC has agreed that the
>     National Library of Sweden can release OCLC-derived records in its
>     LIBRIS catalog under a CC0 license. This is good news, and let's
>     hope that it sets a precedent for other libraries.
>     kc
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