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The price of copyright

John Palfrey, Wendy Seltzer and Angela Kang have an op-ed in the Harvard Crimson about the Harvard bookstore’s kicking a student out for recording the price of six books. The bookstore claimed that that information is protected by copyright, a wrong and frivolous attempt to extend copyright to cover, well, everything.

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  1. I read this, and it’s perhaps the silliest thing I’ve heard of in awhile. It’s yet another example of the scam that student bookstores have had going for awhile – now with sites like Alibris (where I work, he said with a caveat), students have more options and it’s terrifying Harvard and other bookstores into a stupor where they try to get away with stuff like this.

    Can’t fight change!

    FYI, great, great speech at, I really enjoyed it.

  2. Right on. I’m glad you picked up on this. Kudos to those students for collecting the information. I could see Berkman’s H20 project become a repository too, where there could be value added to the core price-comparison angle.

    I did a blog post about it, and the larger issue of IP and the unique identifier:

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