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ALA Responds to New Development in Maryland Ebook Lawsuit

ALA announced the following:

A federal district court held a hearing [Feb. 7] on the State of Maryland’s new law on library digital book access, which was challenged by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) in a lawsuit filed December 9, 2021. The Maryland law, which took effect on January 1, 2022, requires publishers to offer licenses for digital books and other electronic literary products to public libraries ‘on reasonable terms’ if the materials are available to the Maryland public.

During the hearing, Judge Deborah L. Boardman of the U.S. District Court of the District of Maryland stated, ‘It does seem to me that there is inequity and an unfairness on how publishers have treated public libraries.’

ALA’s statement in response reads, in part, “ALA commends attorneys in the Office of the Maryland Attorney General for their vigorous defense of the law and rightly arguing that the Maryland law is neither preempted by federal copyright law nor by the U.S. Constitution. … ALA stands behind Maryland libraries and library workers, the Maryland Library Association, Maryland State Library, and the Maryland Attorney General: the complaint by AAP should be dismissed.”

For more information, read the press release.

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