January 27, 2022

Europe: Brussels Hears Further Arguments in Support of E-Lending

From The Bookseller:

Further plans for libraries to be able to lend e-books were discussed this week at the European Commission.

A Brussels hearing was told that libraries should be allowed e-book licences across the European Union (EU) in measures which will be proposed later this year by the European Parliament’s lead negotiator on the European Commission’s proposed copyright reforms, Maltese MEP Therese Cachia Comodino.

A draft position paper from the MEP circulated on Wednesday (11th January), saying that if the rights holders are fairly compensated and technical measures allow effective control of the lent work, libraries should be allowed to hold and lend e-books in all 28 member states.

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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.