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Reprographics Record Keeping Machinery and Process

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000084544D
Original Publication Date: 1975-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Taphorn, JB: AUTHOR

Abstract

A use-payments system for economically facilitating photocopy copyright royalty payments, utilizes a preprinted bar code on the copied item and a bar code on the copier machine that is reproduced along with the pre-printed bar code, on the photocopy produced. An extra photocopy would be made of the item bearing the preprinted bar code for utilization by automatic data processing machines, which would create debit and credit records by publishers and users.

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Reprographics Record Keeping Machinery and Process

A use-payments system for economically facilitating photocopy copyright royalty payments, utilizes a preprinted bar code on the copied item and a bar code on the copier machine that is reproduced along with the pre-printed bar code, on the photocopy produced. An extra photocopy would be made of the item bearing the preprinted bar code for utilization by automatic data processing machines, which would create debit and credit records by publishers and users.

A typical use would involve journal articles. An appropriate bar code would be applied to the first page of each article printed in a journal (or each chapter of a book or each work in a composite work), which bar code would not only identify the publisher but also the particular article.

Each photocopying machine would be modified to reproduce a bar code which would identify the particular user through his copier. The bar code could be reproduced in the same manner that the identity of the particular copier is reproduced by certain copiers.

An appropriate bar code is described in the article "The Characteristics and Decodability of the Universal Product Code Symbol" by Savir and Laurer, pp 16- 34 of the IBM Systems Journal, Vol 14/#1/75. See also "Bar Codes for Data Entry", by E. K. Yasaki, pp 63-68 Datamation, Vol 21/#5, May 1975.

In operation, the user when reproducing an article would also reproduce an extra copy of the first page of the article. Since the...