August 29, 2016

IFLA Updates Statement on Public Lending Right to Include eBooks

1From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Announcement:

On 9 December 2015, IFLA’s Governing Board approved an updated Statement on Public Lending Right (PLR) including a new section on eBooks.

The updated statement identifies the complexities of considering PLR for eBooks, reinforces the need to involve libraries when considering changes to PLR programs to incorporate digital content, incorporates additional considerations for developing countries, and updates legal references from the 2005 statement.

Why is this important

Public Lending Right (PLR) does not exist in many countries, and varies in its application from country to country where it does exist. PLR may be applied to two concepts:

PLR may be a copyright that grants to the owner of a protected work the right to authorize or prohibit its public lending, through licensing and the payment of royalties to authors through collecting societies; or

a “remuneration right,” or right of the author to receive compensation for public lending of his or her work.

At this time, PLR does not apply to eBooks, however, this is under investigation in several countries.

The restricted licensing models used for eBooks, the methods of online distribution, and the use of third party suppliers create new complexities for the lending of digital content. As a result, the statement identifies that “it is imperative that library representatives work closely with PLR staff and author representatives in shaping a defensible and logistically feasible application of PLR to digital content access through libraries.”

Read the Complete Updated Statement

Public Lending Right (PLR) does not exist in many countries, and varies in its application from country to country where it does exist. The term applies to two separate concepts.

Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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