25 November 2003

I'm sure we'll all rest easier now

A friend just sent me this update on the OCLC lawsuit:

N.Y. Hotel Settle Dewey Decimal Case
Library Service, New York City Library Hotel Settle Dewey Decimal Debate

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio Nov. 25 -- A library-themed New York City hotel whose floors are divided based on the Dewey Decimal system has agreed to acknowledge in its advertising that a nonprofit library cooperative owns the system.

The settlement announced Monday also requires the Library Hotel to make a donation in an undisclosed amount to a nonprofit organization that promotes children's reading. The library overlooks the New York Public Library.

The Dewey Decimal Classification has been used to track books for 120 years, and the OCLC Online Computer Library Center in Ohio has owned the system's trademark since 1988.

OCLC sued the hotel in September after finding the hotel used the system to divide the building, with each floor dedicated to one of Dewey's 10 classifications. For instance, the eighth floor is divided into subjects embracing literature, the 800 category of the system.

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