PRICES REALIZED PROTOCOL
Bill Daehn has some questions for E-Sylum readers: "Most
numismatic literature collectors have many auction catalogs for
which they have no Prices Realized List (PRL). Certainly,
there were far more catalogs printed than PRLs for most sales.
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to easily acquire the PRLs we
need to facilitate pricing research? Yet I never see literature
dealers offering copies of them. Nor have I seen any offers
from collectors to make copies available from their libraries.
I presume PRLs are considered to be copyrighted materials,
and thus legal and ethical concerns prevent the free exchange
of photocopies. I'd like to hear from E-Sylum readers on this
topic. Is it unethical/illegal to exchange or sell photocopies of
PRLs? Do the dealers who presumably own the copyrights
care? If someone lets it be known that they'd make copies of
PRLs for E-Sylum readers, would anyone cry "foul"? Or must
we quietly seek the copies we need from trusted friends?
Wayne Homren, Editor
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