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posted by martyb on Wednesday June 03 2020, @12:52PM   Printer-friendly
from the book-'em,-Danno? dept.

Publishers Sue the Internet Archive Over its Open Library, Declare it a Pirate Site

Several major publishers have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in a New York court targeting the Internet Archive's Open Library. According to the complaint, the project is a massive and willful infringement project that amounts to little more than a regular pirate site.

Back in March, the Internet Archive responded to the coronavirus pandemic by offering a new service to help "displaced learners".

Combining scanned books from three libraries, the Archive offered unlimited borrowing of more than a million books, so that people could continue to learn while in quarantine.

While the move was welcomed by those in favor of open access to education, publishers and pro-copyright groups slammed the decision, with some describing it as an attempt to bend copyright law and others declaring the project as mass-scale piracy.

Today, major publishers Hachette Book Group, Inc., HarperCollins Publishers LLC, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and Penguin Random House LLC went to war with the project by filing a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Internet Archive and five 'Doe' defendants in a New York court.

Complaint (PDF).

See also: Lawsuit over online book lending could bankrupt Internet Archive

Previously: Internet Archive's Open Library Now Supports Full-Text Searches for All 4+ Million Items
Internet Archive Suspends E-Book Lending "Waiting Lists" During U.S. National Emergency
Authors Fume as Online Library "Lends" Unlimited Free Books
University Libraries Offer Online "Lending" of Scanned In-Copyright Books


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  • (Score: 5, Redundant) by Mojibake Tengu on Wednesday June 03 2020, @02:47PM (2 children)

    by Mojibake Tengu (8598) on Wednesday June 03 2020, @02:47PM (#1002735) Journal

    In a moment of changing the past history to a new narrative, archives and libraries are necessarily burned down.

    It always been that.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 03 2020, @03:16PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 03 2020, @03:16PM (#1002746)

    Fallacy. You assume the conclusion as your premise.

  • (Score: 0, Disagree) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 03 2020, @07:40PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 03 2020, @07:40PM (#1002910)

    Yes, libraries have been burned down, but not because of copyright restrictions. This is more about knowledge being liberated from imaginary claims of ownership by entities with no responsibility for creation. More like a library being opened to the public, and saved, shared and distributed to keep it from being burned by Christians or Capitalists.