The Internet Archive Is a Library

peter.suber's bookmarks 2024-06-15


"Five hundred thousand books have been removed from the nonprofit Internet Archive's digital library, in compliance with the demands of four corporate publishers who filed a lawsuit against it in 2020 (Hachette v. Internet Archive). The Internet Archive's appeal against that decision will be heard on June 28th in New York.

To recap what I've written before, I believe that the publishers' true goal in this lawsuit is to redefine ebooks as fundamentally different from paper books—as an unownable, rental-only class of goods, like movies at Netflix. Books As A Service. The trouble with this is that it will basically nuke libraries out of existence, because, in order to perform their traditional role in the work of cultural preservation, libraries must own their own collections. In a time of book bans and other attacks on libraries, it's imperative to protect the legal right of libraries to own, preserve, and lend their own books.

In their original complaint, the publishers contended that the Internet Archive was not a library, but a “pirate site” ...."


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Date tagged:

06/15/2024, 09:12

Date published:

06/15/2024, 05:12