Now more than ever, we need your help, because the right for libraries to lend books is under attack. The Internet Archive is defending access to knowledge and our ability to serve our patrons—but unfortunately, fewer than one in a thousand of our users choose to give. Will you support this crucial online resource?
A radical lawsuit, filed by four major publishing companies, aims to criminalize library lending. Our Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) program preserves traditional library lending in the digital world, ensuring that communities can utilize critical resources, that cultural artifacts can be shared, and that students everywhere can access books.
Through CDL, the Internet Archive and other libraries make and lend out digital scans of print books in our collections, subject to strict technical controls. Each book loaned via CDL has already been bought and paid for, so authors and publishers have already been fully compensated for those books. Nonetheless, publishers Hachette, HarperCollins, Wiley, and Penguin Random House sued the Archive in 2020, claiming incorrectly that CDL violates their copyrights. The Internet Archive has asked a federal judge to rule in our favor and bring the case to a close, but the lawsuit isn't over yet.
“Should we stop libraries from owning and lending books? No,” said Brewster Kahle, the Internet Archive’s founder and digital librarian. “We need libraries to be independent and strong, now more than ever, in a time of misinformation and challenges to democracy. That’s why we are defending the rights of libraries to serve our patrons where they are, online.”
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