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OCLC suing The Library Hotel in NYC

By ksclarke, Section Mindful Link Propagation
Posted on Mon Sep 22nd, 2003 at 06:46:37 PM EST

A Repost from WEB4LIB: OCLC suing a hotel in NYC because it uses Dewey without buying permission...

[editor's note, by ksclarke]: Moved bulk of story to extended copy

 

"Each floor is dedicated to one of 10 Dewey categories. The 60 rooms are named for specific topics, such as room 700.003 for performing arts, with appropriate books inside...Online Computer Library Center, a nonprofit organization based in this Columbus suburb, acquired the rights to Dewey Decimal in 1988 when it bought Forest Press...Now the library group is suing the Library Hotel, accusing it of trademark infringement...The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Columbus on Wednesday seeks triple the hotel's profits since its opening or triple the organization's damages, whichever is greater, from hotel owner Henry Kallan."

Sorry for those on WEB4LIB but since this is related to standards thought it might be of interest to people here too (though most of you are probably on WEB4LIB too(right?)). Anyway, the hotel sounds neat. Sounds like a place I'd like to visit, but only if I could get the topic I want.

;-)

And now, the sad part... OCLC's laywer says: "A person who came to their Web site and looked at the way (the hotel) is promoted and marketed would think they were passing themselves off as connected with the owner of the Dewey Decimal Classification system." -- it would be a little funny if it weren't so sad. How does this hurt libraries and our mission? Makes DDC more familiar to people?

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OCLC suing The Library Hotel in NYC | 5 comments (5 topical, 0 editorial, 0 pending) | Post A Comment
Books as well (none / 0) (#1)
by art on Fri Sep 26th, 2003 at 08:00:57 AM EST
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Wow, I am amazed that they are putting books on each area in the rooms. I wonder how they will select the titles, keep track of them all, etc. Maybe the hotel is a potential customer for OCLC for more than the classification scheme. It's sad that this kind of thing happens but it reflects the "litigation first" approach that seems to be necessary in a trademarked world. John Fogerty was even sued for plagiarizing his own music and at one point snapped at the judge that yes, he had used a certain riff, but he would need an inoculation not to compose music a certain way. Still, SCO rules the day when it comes to silly lawsuits, it must be hard for some lawyers to keep a straight face in all this.

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