Re: Inventive CD Burners

John Muller (john.muller@SONOMA.EDU)
Fri, 9 Aug 2002 11:28:04 -0700 (PDT)

Here is a weird sidelight to the problem with patrons burning library CDs...

Out of the 2000+ CDs in our collection, approximately 10% of them are
missing the original liner notes and jewel-case cover art.

We have a very talented pirate who makes quality color scans (complete with
ID labels!) and inserts them in place of the originals. Of course, on first
glance, the CD case looks fine, the person leaves the original disc in, so
we have no reason to question it on first glance. An item may circulate
several times before the facsimile artwork is discovered (usually a patron
complaint about missing lyrics; the faux sheets are just cosmetic and lack
double sides or multiple pages), so it is impossible to backtrack any
patterns by any single individual.

Has anybody else experienced this practice? Any suggestions on how to
prevent or discourage it?

Our circulation system does not allow item record histories, so we can not
backtrack previous patrons or detect suspicious user patterns. Of course,
closer inspection upon checkin is the most obvious preventative action, but
not always possible in a high traffic situation.


John F. Müller
Sonoma State University Library
Jean & Charles Schulz Information Center - Multimedia Department
1801 East Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Phone:  (707) 664-2590
FAX:    (707) 664-2090

on 8/7/02 9:36 AM, Mike Boedicker at wrote:

> Do any of you folks post signs in your media depts. about copyright -- i.e. > that the library adheres to copyright law and that copying certain material > may be an infringement? I'm constantly amazed by the number of patrons who > openly brag about ripping our CDs or copying our videos. Worse, they often > seem to think it's legal "as long as I don't sell it." Recently a guy > called, quite upset, because he'd accidentally returned a library CD to us > (belonging to another library) with his own burned CD copy inside the > library case along with the legitimate CD. Since it belonged to another > library, it was routed to them, but man, he had nerve asking us to track > down his pirated copy (which we refused to do). > > I know a posted copyright sign won't stop any of this, but at least it would > serve as a formal notice. If any of you have such a sign, how does it read? > Thanks. > > Mike > > Mike Boedicker > Audiovisual Director & Webmaster > Danville Public Library > 319 N. Vermilion, Danville, IL 61832 > (217) 477-5223 ext. 123 / Fax: (217) 477-5230 > > > > > _________________________________________________________________ > Send and receive Hotmail on your mobile device: >