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Old 08-15-2007, 05:05 AM   #4
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Assuming the CD is legitimately made and sold, with any appropriate rights obtained, then the library may well be interested in it. If a publisher or author did still have rights to the work, then I suspect they'd stamp on this pretty fast. I guess you will know from the material and the nature of the seller whether they appear kosher.

The main problem for libraries that seek to preserve and conserve works is that digital media must be continually migrated to new physical formats.
Laser discs from the 80s? 5.25" floppy disks? 8-track audio cassettes? Try finding a hardware device that can read them today.
Then there is the whole issue of file formats.... Word Perfect v1.0, anyone?

Books: put them on shelf.
Data: Migrate to new format/hardware every 10 years.
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