Saturday, March 18, 2023

It's Not Just For Sherman & Mr. Peabody - 2

Do you remember "The Wayback Machine", a nickname for The Internet Archive ?

That nickname for The Internet Archive is in federal court after being sued by Big Books:

"The Internet Archive is a nonprofit digital library, preserving and providing access to cultural artifacts of all kinds in electronic form. CDL allows people to check out digital copies of books for two weeks or less, and only permits patrons to check out as many copies as the Archive and its partner libraries physically own. That means that if the Archive and its partner libraries have only one copy of a book, then only one patron can borrow it at a time, just like any other library. Through CDL, the Internet Archive is helping to foster research and learning by helping its patrons access books and by keeping books in circulation when their publishers have lost interest in them.

Four publishers sued the Archive, alleging that CDL violates their copyrights. In their complaint, Hachette, HarperCollins, Wiley, and Penguin Random House claim CDL has cost their companies millions of dollars and is a threat to their businesses."

(RE: important 'Freedom' case Hachette v. Internet Archive).

UPDATE: In the first round (district court) the Wayback Machine lost (Judge John G. Koeltl of U.S. District Court in Manhattan), but is appealing to the lower court's decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Judge rules online archive’s book service violated copyright).

The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.

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