[OAI-general] concerns about new OAIster terms/conditions

Simeon Warner simeon.warner at cornell.edu
Wed Sep 23 10:08:07 EDT 2009

A key reason that the OAI-PMH was restricted to metadata was that we
felt we could share metadata without too much legal concern. Even
so, the e-prints schema/guideline was created and is widely used to
express policies for reuse of metadata (and the data it describes):


It seems that OCLC's rather heavy handed license request flies in the
face of accepted practices within the community. I wonder whether OCLC
will remove all existing content from OAIster until people agree to
the new license? (Hopefully revised to something more rational.)


On Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 02:46:31PM +0100, Leslie Carr wrote:
> On 22 Sep 2009, at 20:50, Hagedorn, Kat wrote:
>> OCLC's intent is to do what we did at University of Michigan, harvest the
>> metadata. It is not the intent to go beyond that to capture the content
>> itself.
> The fact that that's exactly what they say they are going to do we can 
> probably pass off as a consequence of having a more pro-active marketing 
> department than legal department (thank heavens!)
> However, that sort of cast-iron legal guarantee cannot confidently be 
> granted to a third party for even the metadata.
> --
> Les Carr

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