September 25, 2021

Report: “E-Books Fair Game For Public Libraries, Says Advisor to Top Europe Court”

From ars technica UK:

Electronic books should be treated just like physical books for the purposes of lending, an advisor to Europe’s top court has said.

Maciej Szpunar, advocate general to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), said in an opinion published Thursday morning that public libraries should be allowed to lend e-books so long as the author is fairly compensated.

A 2006 EU directive says that the exclusive right to authorise or prohibit rentals and loans belongs to the author of the work. However, countries may opt out of this rule for the purposes of “public lending,” provided that authors obtain fair remuneration.

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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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