Does digital lending by libraries and the Internet Archive violate copyright?


On September 16, 2022, Publisher's Weekly  posted a comment entitled "In Defense of Library Lending" by Kyle K. Courtney, copyright advisor for Harvard University and cofounder/chair of Library Futures, a project of NYU Law’s Engelberg Center. 

The article discusses the ongling litigation between the Internet Archive and Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, John Wiley & Sons, and Penguin Random House.  Hachette et. al claimed that by lending single digital copies of books it owned, the Internet Archive was violating the publishers' copyright.

Letter on access to resources for independent scholars


The latest issue of  Perspectives on History, the newsletter of the American Historical Association, includes my letter concerning the AHA's failure to follow through on its statements that universities should do more to provide access to research materials to independent scholars and other non-tenured faculty.

Here is an excerpt:

Congress questions publishers about remote access fees to libraries

[submitted by Margaret DeLacy, acting as subscriber]


Below is a link to a news item from Publisher's Weekly concerning an ongoing Congressional investigation into the terms that major publishers and resource consolidators have set for libraries wishing to lend electronic books and materials to their patrons.  The investigators have requested a response by December 9, 2021. Here is an excerpt:

University of Toronto East Asian Library Resources Access Grant Program Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Accepting applications for 2021


Dear Colleagues:


The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library at the University of Toronto is pleased to announce its new Resources Access Grant Program Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic for 2021. It would be appreciated if this information could be shared widely. 


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