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Re: [d@DCC] Note from Susan Crean

From: Kal <kal _-at-_ linsystems.ca>
To: General Discussion <discuss (at) digital-copyright.ca>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 12:29:59 -0500 (EST)

Wallace,

Great stuff.

I agree that we should not be broadening or deepening the copyright act.

I disagree that public libraries are losing out because Parliament decrees
$10 million should be allocated to the PLR in the last budget.  The
Toronto Public Libraries are funded by the City of Toronto.  It's a pretty
long stretch to say that part of the $10 million in PLR money would have
wound it's way to the TPL.

Finally, I think you overstate the rich getting richer aspects of the PLR.  
There's a difference between selling a lot of books and having librarians
stock your book.  Of course, they are correlated but it's not linear.  
There is a strong element of human review here and a librarian's job is to
ensure breadth in their collections.  If a poetry book sells 1000 copies,
a sampled library might stock one.  That same library might stock 10
copies of a popular writer that sells millions.  To me, the PLR takes a
reasonable approach to a very difficult problem.

Cheers,
--Kal


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