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'Publishers Want to End How Libraries Lend Books Online' by Andrew Bauld

Andrew Bauld writes the following for EveryLibrary’s Medium account:

When it comes to physical books, copyright laws are relatively straightforward. Libraries purchase a book and lend it to patrons one at a time. But with digital copies, libraries usually rent e-books from publishers, lending them out a few dozen times before they have to renew licenses which can cost upwards of four to five times the amount of buying the book.

But the [Internet Archive] and other libraries have tried a different tack by buying and scanning copies of books to lend out to patrons one at a time through a model called Controlled Digital Lending (CDL).

What has become clear … is that publishers want CDL as a whole declared illegal. … [P]ublishers argue that digital lending harms markets they claim to own and that CDL is not a fair use under copyright law. But library advocates argue that behind their argument of copyright infringement, publishers are simply trying to increase their profits while wresting control of the use of digital books away from libraries.

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