Thursday, September 20, 2007

Ve ri wrong

Harvard's Coop bookstore apparently (though never underestimate the capacity of general news reporting to distort IP issues) is claiming copyright in its prices. The Crimson article on the subject, however, refers to the Coop's objection to copying the ISBN numbers. Even if the Coop could get some help from the cases suggesting that price estimates can be copyrightable (which I doubt, unless the Coop sets its book prices in a very surprising way), the problem with claiming IP rights in ISBN numbers is even worse: the Coop isn't the copyright owner!

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