Now we know why.


-----Original Message-----
From: Linthicum, Alta [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, November 22, 2002 7:34 AM
To: 'Consortium of Naval Libraries Discussion List'
Cc: [log in to unmask]; [log in to unmask]
Subject: FW: Removal of Gannett Products (Federal Times) from Database
Agg rega tors

In response to Carla's note, I called the Army Times Publishing Company and
spoke with Kent Miller.  Mr. Miller told me the decision to pull their
materials from all electronic sources was due to the Supreme Court decision
holding publishers libel for selling freelancers' materials to 3rd parties
without permission or compensation.  Mr. Miller said one recent settlement
by a publisher was for $10,000.

Mr. Miller said since November of 2001 (2000?--can't read my scribbled
notes!), they have had freelancers sign permission statements and expect to
have some content available again in aggregators services.  They regret
having to pull the content but felt they had no choice.

I've cc'ed Mr. Miller on this message.  If you wish to contact him, I'm sure
he would be glad to respond.

I wonder how many other publishers are having to make similar
decisions--imagine going back to freelancers to get their permission for
years of archives!


-----Original Message-----
From: Pomager, Carla USACFSC [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, November 21, 2002 2:58 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Removal of Gannett Products (Federal Times) from Database
Aggrega tors

The fulltext of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times, Federal Times is no
longer available in Ebsco databases. Jerry Eonta at Ebsco said that Gannett
is pulling all their products off all commercial aggregators. Gannett
publishes USA Today, Armed Forces Journal, Army, Air Force, Navy, and
Federal Times.  The current policy at Army Times is that if you buy the
print you get one free online password limited to one person.  They will no
longer sell license agreements to libraries or offices for access to the
online version.

If you have strong feelings about this, you might want to contact Gannett.

I sent the following email to Betty Gonner ([log in to unmask]) at Army Times
and the "contact us" email at Gannett ([log in to unmask]):

"I noticed that the fulltext of Army Times in no longer available in Ebsco
Military Full Text. Jerry Eonta at Ebsco said that Gannett is pulling all
their products off all commercial aggregators. Gannett is not looking at the
bigger picture When publishers pull their periodicals out of the full text
databases, the articles and information are lost to a large number of
people. People will use sources of information other than Gannett products
to get the information they need. Nothing is more frustrating than to learn
about an article, but not be able to access it.

This office purchases electronic resources centrally for 88 Army Libraries
around the world and print copies of Army Times for troops stationed in
Bosnia and Kosovo. Our Librarians manage information and help the library
users find the information they need through fulltext databases such as sold
by Ebsco, Proquest, Gale Infotrac, Dialog, Lexis/Nexis, and other

When librarians are determining where to spend their money, more than likely
they will purchase fulltext aggregated databases instead of purchasing
access to a single online fulltext title. Looking at it from this view
point, Gannett will lose the money from the aggregators  and may not get new

The current policy of only allowing one person access for one print
subscription - limits use in libraries.  Librarians do not do most of the
searching.  Licenses to the Army's fulltext aggregated databases include
remote access for library patrons.  Libraries are becoming virtual. If
libraries have the choice between print or electronic - most often
electronic aggregated databases win. Again Gannett loses. Please reconsider
your decision. "


Carla J. Pomager
Systems and Acquisitions Librarian
US Army Community & Family Support Center
4700 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22302-4418

Tele: (703) 681-7205
Fax: (703) 681-7249
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