Library catalog system owner sues NYC hotel
Saturday September 20, 2003 (Dublin, Ohio-AP)
Most of the world's libraries use the more than century-old Dewey Decimal system to catalog nonfiction books.
Who knew it doesn't come free?
A New York City luxury hotel that names its rooms and floors after Dewey categories has been sued for trademark infringement in federal court in Columbus. The Library Hotel overlooks the New York Public Library.
The Online Computer Library Center has owned the Dewey trademark rights for 15 years. Libraries pay 500 dollars a year to use the system.
The nonprofit organization in the Columbus, Ohio suburb of Dublin also provides cataloging and research services for 45-thousand member libraries worldwide.
The lawsuit seeks triple the Library Hotel's profits or triple the library group's damages, whichever is greater.