Report: “Internet Archive Says ‘Emergency’ Digital Library Protected By Fair Use”
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On Thursday, the Internet Archive told U.S. District Court Judge John G. Koeltl it will argue both lending programs — the emergency program, which lasted from March through June of 2020, as well as the original program — are protected by fair use principles.
“In the spring of 2020, an unprecedented global pandemic forced all of the libraries to close,” the Internet Archive’s lawyer wrote to Koeltl in a letter requesting a conference. “Under those unique circumstances, Internet Archive lifted its one-to-one owned-to-loaned ratio. And under those unique circumstances, lending a single library book to more than one patron at a time was fair use.”
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