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'Copyright Alliance Statement on Book Publishers' Infringement Suit Against Internet Archive'

The Copyright Alliance issued a statement on the Association of American Publishers’ lawsuit against the Internet Archive (IA), which alleges copyright infringement on behalf of multiple U.S. book publishers.

“The suit asks the court to enjoin IA’s mass scanning and distribution of literary works that it offers to the public through its ‘Open Library’ and ‘National Emergency Library,’” says Keith Kupferschmid, Copyright Alliance’s CEO. He continues:

For too long, IA has brazenly scanned and distributed published works while refusing to abide by the traditional contours of copyright law. We understand that, to date, IA has illegally reproduced more than 1.3 million scans of books for the purpose of distributing them to the public in direct contravention of the rights of authors and publishers. IA would like the public to believe that the books are rare and older titles used for research, but in reality, they are scanning and distributing recent works, fiction and non-fiction, thrillers and kids’ books—all without the authority of publishers and authors and well beyond the scope of what is permitted by copyright law. These activities—which are done in spite of the fervent objections of publishers and authors throughout the country—demonstrate a complete disregard for the rights of authors and publishers, for traditional libraries that follow long-standing book lending protocols, and for members of Congress who have carefully crafted America’s copyright laws to balance the rights of creators with the interests of traditional libraries.”

For more information, read the press release.

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