Newsday reports that the Library Hotel in Manhattan is being sued for using the Dewey Decimal System. The hotel has classified each floor by a Dewey category and each room covers a certain topic. For instance, on the 3rd floor, room 300.003 is dedicated to Economics. Unfortunately for the hotel, the Online Computer Library System, owner of the rights to the Dewey system, has filed suit since the Library hotel has not paid a licencing fee to use the numbering system. The OCLC is seeking three times the hotel’s profits or three times the organization’s damages, whichever is greater. Considering that they only charge libraries $500 per year to use the system, these damages seem a bit excessive. Maybe the hotel could just offer a free Erotica Package as settlement.

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