January 16, 2022

Now Available: Video Recording of “Mythbusting Controlled Digital Lending” Webinar

The Mythbusting Controlled Digital Lending” Webinar sponsored by The Internet Archive and Library Futures was recorded on February 10, 2020.

From the Video Recording Website:

Co-hosted by the Internet Archive and Library Futures, this webinar addressed the most commonly repeated myths about Controlled Digital Lending (CDL), countering misinformation and disinformation about the library practice now in use by hundreds of libraries. Attendees heard from authors, librarians, copyright specialists, and policy experts as they responded to the common misconceptions about controlled digital lending.

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Reality: CDL uses technology to replicate a library’s right to loan works, in a digital format, to one user at a time

Reality: CDL can help authors by enhancing the discoverability, availability, and accessibility of their works
Reality: CDL is simply an application of fair use and fair use has been around as long as copyright

Reality: Fair use allows use of the amount necessary to fulfill your purpose

Reality: Digital and physical libraries contribute to a healthy publishing ecosystem and increase sales and engagement for creative work

Reality: The ReDigi decision opens up the potential for more technological uses, like CDL, for non-commercial, educational access

Reality: CDL helps users with print disabilities access books

Reality: Libraries preserve information, and preservation requires ownership, not licensing agreements
Reality: Author & publisher control ends at the time a book is purchased, and then fair use begins
Reality: The copyright act makes no distinction between digital libraries and physical ones

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.