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Two More States Attempt Library Ebook Bills
Andrew Albanese writes the following for Publishers Weekly:
Illinois has become the latest state to introduce a library e-book bill, with state legislators last week introducing the Equitable Access to Electronic Literature Act. In addition, Rhode Island legislators have re-introduced their library e-book bill in the new legislative session after a previous effort stalled last year.
The Illinois bill provides that publishers that offer ‘a contract or license for electronic literary product acquisition to the public shall offer to license the electronic literary product to libraries, if purchased with public funds, on reasonable terms and under reasonable technological protection measures that will permit libraries to provide their patrons with access to the electronic literary products.’
The bill in Rhode Island is similar, although it specifically expands the law to cover ‘elementary and secondary schools and educational institutions’ in the state. …
[T]he Illinois bill specifically refers to licenses paid for with ‘public funds,’ which would seemingly not cover private universities, schools, and libraries. In addition, the Illinois bill says ‘reasonable’ terms ‘may include’ library prices ‘no more than 100% of the list retail price offered to consumers’ for metered access titles.
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