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Internet Archive Sued By Publishers Over Lending E books For Free.

No one wants his or her work given out to the world for free or without being recognized for your good works that is after spending hours researching and writing your work. This lowers the morale in someone.

Well today four major book publishers have filed suit against the Internet Archive for copyright violations relating to the Open Library Project, setting the stage for a major legal fight over one of the internet’s longest-running eBook archives.

Launched in 2006, Internet Archive’s Open Library allows users to borrow ebooks scanned from physical copies, according to a theory called “controlled digital lending” (or CDL) that limits how many times a single scan can be borrowed at once. The project expanded in March with the launch of the National Emergency Library, which suspended wait lists in response to the global pandemic, making all scanned books immediately accessible to anyone with an account.

Crucially, the project does not abide to the typical licensing restrictions used by conventional libraries. Open Library’s e Books are scanned from physical copies rather than purchased in their digital form, so the project never enters into a licensing agreement with the publisher.

The four publishers are Hachette, Penguin Random House, Wiley, and HarperCollins and they allege that the entire project is a wholesale copyright violation scheme. “Without any license or any payment to authors or publishers, [the Internet Archive] scans print books, uploads these illegally scanned books to its servers, and distributes verbatim digital copies of the books in whole via public-facing websites,” the suers allege. “With just a few clicks, any Internet-connected user can download complete digital copies of in-copyright books from the Internet Archive.”

“As a library, the Internet Archive acquires books and lends them, as libraries have always done,” Brewster Kahle, The Internet Archive founder said in a statement. “This supports publishing and authors and readers. Publishers suing libraries for lending books — in this case, protected digitized versions, and while schools and libraries are closed — is not in anyone’s interest.” “We hope this can be resolved soon.”

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