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Ars Technica Offers Update on Publishers vs. Internet Archive Lawsuit

Ashley Belanger writes the following in “Book Publishers With Surging Profits Struggle to Prove Internet Archive Hurt Sales” for Ars Technica:

[On March 20], the Internet Archive (IA) defended its practice of digitizing books and lending those e-books for free to users of its Open Library. In 2020, four of the wealthiest book publishers sued IA, alleging this kind of digital lending was actually ‘willful digital piracy’ causing them ‘massive harm.’ But IA’s lawyer, Joseph Gratz, argued that the Open Library’s digitization of physical books is fair use, and publishers have yet to show they’ve been harmed by IA’s digital lending. …

It’s up to a federal judge, John Koeltl, to decide if IA’s digital lending constitutes copyright infringement. During oral arguments, Koeltl’s tough questioning of both Gratz and the plaintiff’s attorney, Elizabeth McNamara, suggested that resolving this matter is a less straightforward task than either side has so far indicated.

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