In his latest PW post, Peter Brantley discusses the National Federation for the Blind filing to become a defendant in the Author’s Guild v. HathiTrust lawsuit.
It seems to me that in the AG’s aggressive pursuit of the copyrights of their membership, they have forgotten that rights might have been created for others. Books are not just pieces of property to be bought and sold through contract; they embody ideas, educate, and open up worlds. Our society has long held that a shared right to information is fundamental, and we have passed laws and enacted regulations enabling those at risk for marginalization to have equal access to the same knowledge and opportunity as everyone else.
Read Brantley’s complete Publisher’s Weekly blog post (with link to primary document).