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January 23-24, 1999:

News about stamp catalogues.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

The two titans of hobby publishing in this country, Krause 
and Amos, have reached an out-of-court settlement over the 
use of stamp catalogue numbers.

Krause's Minkus catalogue, although using its own system, 
had included the more-popular Scott catalogue numbers as 
well. Scott, owned by Amos Press, sued, charging copyright 
infringement. The resolution allows Krause to use Scott 
catalogue numbers in the future in stand-alone 
cross-reference publications -- but not catalogues. Scott 
promises to be more flexible in the future regarding the 
licensing of Scott numbers.

The Postal Service is now selling its latest Guide to U-S 
Stamps. At 13 dollars, the book is a bargain. A Scott or 
Minkus catalogue will cost you at least twice as much, and, 
while they have more details, they don't have color pictures 
of every U-S stamp ever issued. The Guide also includes the
basics of stamp collecting. You should be able to get a copy 
at your post office.

And that's Stamp Collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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