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On August 1, 2011 the Policy and Standards Division (PSD) of the Library of Congress issued a discussion paper entitled, "Cancellation of LCGFT Character- and Franchise-Based Terms for Moving Images" ( which explained why character- and franchise-based terms are currently included in Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT) and the rationale for PSD's proposal to cancel them. PSD would like to thank all those who provided comments on this issue.

Specialists in PSD and staff in LC's Moving Image, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division (MBRS) reviewed all of the comments received and found them to be generally in favor of the proposal. PSD will therefore move forward with cancelling the approximately 90 character- and franchise-based terms from LCGFT.

The full text of the decision, including some concerns raised by correspondents and PSD's responses to those concerns; the action plan and timeline for completion of the project; and an updated list of terms to be cancelled, is available on LC's web site at

Janis L. Young
Policy and Standards Division
Library of Congress
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