May 18, 2022

Dave Hansen and Kyle Courtney: “Controlled Digital Lending For Resource Sharing: Law and Policy Since 2018″(OCLC RSC 22 Recording)

The video below (recorded on April 6, 2022) as part of the 2022 OCLC Resource Sharing Conference Web Series.

From OCLC:

For more than a decade, libraries have engaged in a variety of digital lending practices that are now described as controlled digital lending (CDL). But only more recently, in 2018, were the foundational law and policy arguments for the practice of CDL articulated in what has become the widely cited White Paper on Controlled Digital Lending of Library books.” Since that time, the law, policy, and practice of CDL have evolved considerably. In this session, the presenters—Dave Hansen and Kyle K. Courtney, both lawyers, librarians, and authors of the original CDL white paper—explain the basic framework for CDL. They will review recent developments in CDL law and policy, including integration in library norms such as reserves and interlibrary loan. They also will review international developments and the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by the ‘Big Five’ publishers against Internet Archive for CDL.


Kyle K. Courtney
Copyright Advisor, Harvard University

Dave Hansen***
Associate University Librarian for Research, Collections & Scholarly Communications, and Lead Copyright & Information Policy Officer, Duke University

***Next month, Dave Hansen will become the Executive Director of the Authors Alliance.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.