By a 7-2 majority (Stevens and Breyer dissenting), the U.S. Supreme
Court upheld a September 1999 unanimous ruling by the U.S. Court of
Appeals, 2nd Circuit, which found that The New York Times and other
publishers had committed copyright infringement when they resold
freelance newspaper and magazine articles, via electronic databases such
as LexisNexis, without asking permission or making additional payments
to the original authors.
See http://www.nwu.org/tvt/vichome.htm for additional details.
Another issue where libraries will have to decide whether to support
writers intellectual property rights, or to support publishers efforts
to keep the cost of content down.
Peter Webster, Head of Information Systems
Patrick Power Library
Saint Mary's University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Ph. (902) 420-5507 Fx. (902) 420-5561