We need to work together as a profession towards defining a model whereby electronic information delivery and storage can be exploited fully by libraries and end-users of information to improve access whilst protecting the rights of copyright holders from infringement. The overriding aim would be to permit use of information whilst monitoring this and ensuring that copyright owners are properly compensated for it.
Copyright protects the legitimate rights of the rights owners, but this should not frustrate technical developments or access to information. Anthony Julius says 'the history of copyright is the history of a struggle. Authors complain that their interests are inadequately protected; audiences complain that their access to author's work is unduly fettered. Authors both need, and are mistrustful of, their audiences. The relationship between authors and audiences is thus one of unhappy mutual dependence' 28 . Implementing copyright is a matter of balance, but commercial interests should not be allowed to prevail at the expense of access to information.
In an ideal world there should be a one stop shop or central agency to act on behalf of publishers in granting digital rights. But that is a Utopian ideal. In the real world, the commercial interests of indi