In a nutshell, it seems that OCLC’s policy changes have the intention to restrict the usage of the data in order to prevent competing services from appearing. Competing services such as LibraryThing and the Internet Archive‘s Open Library but unfortunately, it seems that the changes will also impinge on the rights of users to collate citation lists in software such as Zotero, Endnote and others. Read Rob’s post for a well researched view on the changes.
OCLC – viral licence being added to WorldCat data
Posted on November 13, 2008
Very short post on this, as I just wanted to highlight a fantastic piece written by Rob Styles about OCLC’s policy changes to WorldCat
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