16 January 2012
Came across this post about digital preservation on the Library of Congress blog ...
Providing Access to 70 Million Copyright Records
The U.S. Copyright Office has a comprehensive set of records about books, periodicals, music, motion pictures and other works that were registered with the Office between 1870 and 1977. The records include transfers and assignments of rights reported to the Office. Until now these records have existed only in paper and microfilm form, but the Office has an exciting project underway to convert these non-digital records and make them available via the web. Over 13 million catalog cards have already been digitized as well as more than half of the Catalogs of Copyright Entries published since 1891. This latter set is through the Internet Archive.
As a person who just two years ago visited the Library of Congress to look at the volumes on Copyrights for Musical Compositions in the early 1900s – how nice and easy it would have been to just sit at home and see these same volumes! Well, now I can!
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