Of Databases and Copyright

Regarding your article "Tracking and Archiving PDF's",1 this software may work fine for an individual scientist building a database of articles to which he subscribes and for which he has permission to obtain copies, but the process may raise copyright violation issues if he is file-sharing these articles with others.

Eileen M. McVey
Aquaculture Information Specialist
NOAA Central Library
Silver Spring, Md.

Editor's Note: In the article we commended the program for its ability to store files on an Intranet. However, if the program is linked to a publicly-available Internet site, there are potential copyright infringement issues.

1. S. Jaffe, "Tracking and archiving PDF's," The Scientist, 17[17]:41, Sept. 8, 2003.

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