Sarah, Bookshare either has copies of the books after they're fingerprinted or the fingerprints themselves since they would need that in order to identify which book was downloaded by whom. NLS does keep a record of books they've sent you in order to provide better service. I've been told several times when I request a book a second time that I've already read that book. The info is also needed to allow the computer to select books from a category you've requested. I remember when I told MS that I was moving to TX, they said they'd forward my records so I wouldn't be sent books I've already read if I request books by category. HTH Gerald -----Original Message----- From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Sarah Van Oosterwijck Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 12:27 PM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: International issues and building the global library Is it the bookshare system that keeps track of the books or is it only the file that is downloaded. If only the file holds the information then bookshare would have no opertunity to know unless someone misused or distributed that book file. Honestly I didn't know that there were rules against keeping track of the books a person took out from the public library. Something makes me suspect that NLS can keep track of books members get, because they hardly ever send you a book you have already read from them. I don't know how the system could automatically send you books without sending some twice if no records were held. that wouldn't mean that just anyone could look at the records, though. Maybe it is only allowing others to see the records that is forbidden. Sarah Van Oosterwijck Assistive Technology Trainer http://home.earthlink.net/~netentity ----- Original Message ----- From: "Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 2:38 AM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: International issues and building the global library > -It was interesting to me to read that introductory > notice, Gerald. What caught my attention in > particular was the line about bookshare's having a > record of every book a person downloaded. I asked my > public library about that once, to see if there was a > way to find out who had a book before that was > damaged. They said that they can't keep records of > what a person reads--that it's illegal. Once the book > is returned to the library, it's expunged from the > borrowers records. I don't know what law it is, or > when it was passed, but it occurs to me that, in the > case of public libraries, with the wrong sort of > government (imagine Joseph McCarthy as president) a > person could get in trouble for the books he's known > to read. > > If bookshare can keep a record, I suppose there's some > exemption in some law that allows it--or that in the > membership agreement the member gives explicit > consent. > > Cindy > > > > > __________________________________ > Yahoo! Mail - PC Magazine Editors' Choice 2005 > http://mail.yahoo.com > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to > bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list > of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. > > > > -- > No virus found in this incoming message. > Checked by AVG Free Edition. > Version: 7.1.362 / Virus Database: 267.13.4/176 - Release Date: > 11/20/2005 > > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.