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On Fri, 18 Aug 1995, Helga Perry wrote:
 
> Here's my 0.02 pence:
>
> Our hospital finance department decided unilaterally to subscribe to this
> organization a couple of years ago, and then informed me that I was to collect
> all the publications and make them available in the library. There has been
> the occasional useful report and literature pack, but the quality and
> presentation of the Custom Research is very inconsistent, to say the least.
>
> I have my doubts as to whether their literature packs comply with (UK) copyright
> legislation. I have spotted photocopies of photocopies bearing library stamps
> (e.g. the King's Fund Library in London). I contacted the UK's copyright
> licensing body about this last year, and was advised to write to the Board's
> London office for a written assurance that all the material is supplied in
> accordance with the [UK] Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988. After some weeks
> I had a reply stating that the Board pays copyright fees in the USA, and that's
> where most of the material is shipped from, even though it might be from UK
> publications. I can't find the letter right now to quote it direct. Anyway, I
> know the copyright people here are watching the Board.
>
> Personally, I think the 9,000 pounds per annum that our hospital is paying to
> the Health Care Advisory Board / Council of International Hospitals for its
> Custom Project Service would have been better spent on my journals budget, which
> is underfunded by exactly that amount.
>
> Helga
>
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> Happiness is not being smart enough to know what to worry about
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     I completely agree with your assessment of the quality of these
     reports, and the mis-direction of funds!