Web Archive Pandemic Library Provokes Broader Lending Struggle

A battle spurred by the Web Archive throwing its on-line library’s doorways open in the course of the pandemic has drawn myriad business and educational briefs into what’s now a broad battle over digital lending that appears destined for the US Supreme Courtroom.

4 main publishers sued the digital repository in June 2020, alleging mass copyright infringement in response to its digital “Nationwide Emergency Library” in the course of the Covid-19 lockdown. In addition they challenged the Web Archive’s pre-existing “Open Library” system—adopted by a number of brick-and-mortar libraries—wherein scanned books are lent to at least one borrower at a

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