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    In a Swift Decision, Judge Eviscerates Internet Archive’s Scanning and Lending Program

    After nearly three years of litigation, federal judge John G. Koeltl ruled that the Internet Archive infringed the copyrights of four plaintiff publishers by scanning print editions of their books and lending them online. The ruling comes just days after a March 20 hearing.

  • Libraries

    The Week in Libraries: March 24, 2023

    Among the week's headlines: Congress passes a 'parental rights' bill; Illinois advances its bill to prohibit book banning; Missouri lawmakers seek to pull funding from public libraries in the state; and Julie Stivers has been named School Library Journal's 2023 School Librarian of the Year.

  • Libraries

    ALA Reports Shocking Increase in Attempted Book Bans in 2022

    With book banning and legislative attacks on the freedom to read continuing to surge across the country, the ALA tracked a stunning 1,269 demands to censor library books and resources in 2022.

  • Publisher News

    Publishers, Internet Archive Set for Key Hearing Today

    After nearly three years of legal wrangling, a federal judge today will hear cross motions for summary judgment in a closely watched lawsuit challenging the legality of the Internet Archive's program to scan and lend print library books.

  • Publisher News

    Hachette v. Internet Archive: All Our Coverage

    A compilation of PW's coverage of Hachette v. Internet Archive, the closely watched copyright case over the scanning and lending of print library books.

  • Libraries

    Judge Appears Skeptical of Internet Archive’s Scanning and Lending Program

    Over the course of the 90-minute hearing, Judge John G. Koeltl appeared unmoved by the IA's fair use claims and unconvinced that the publishers’ market for library e-books was not impacted by the practice known as controlled digital lending.

  • Libraries

    The Week in Libraries: March 17, 2023

    Among the week's headlines: Federal library funding hangs in the balance as the 2024 budget process ramps up; Arkansas passes a controversial bill aimed at restricting libraries; a Michigan prosecutor threatens to charge a local library director for refusing to pull Maia Kobabe's 'Gender Queer' from the collection; and the Copyright Office weighs in again on AI authored works.

  • Libraries

    With Budget Deadline Looming, Library Supporters Urge Congress to #FundLibraries

    ALA officials are urging library advocate to ask their congressional representatives to cosign letters in support of library programs. The House deadline for signatures is March 20.

  • Publisher News

    NCAC Executive Director Christopher Finan to Retire

    A longtime defender of the freedom to read, Finan confirmed that he will retire this summer after a celebrated career in the service of free expression and First Amendment rights.

  • Copyright

    Coalition Forms to Battle Library E-book Bills

    The American Booksellers Association, Authors Guild, Association of American Publishers, and more have launched the Protect the Creative Economy Coalition following the introduction of a host of new library e-book bills in several states this year.

  • Libraries

    The Week in Libraries: March 10, 2023

    Among the week's headlines: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis claims book banning is a media hoax; Illinois goes on the offense to protect the freedom to read; and a new poll suggests that the Right's 'war on woke' might not be an effective political strategy.

  • Libraries

    Should Public Libraries Double Down on Print Book Collections?

    Data from the IMLS show gate counts and circulation have been falling for more than a decade. U.K.-based library advocate Tim Coates says print books hold the key to reversing the trend.

  • Libraries

    The Week in Libraries: March 3, 2023

    Among the headlines this week: a look at libraries some three years after the Covid-19 pandemic began; how the right wing culture war playing out in many communities has led to some librarians living in fear; the St. Paul Public Library's 'Read Brave' program enters its 10th year; and Connecticut revises its proposed library e-book bill.

  • Libraries

    The Week in Libraries: February 24, 2023

    Amid criticism, Puffin revises its plan to soften some of the language in Roald Dahl's classic works; North Dakota passes a new law that wou ban sexually explicit materials in public libraries; and Library Futures releases a policy paper on digital ownership.

  • Libraries

    With New Model Language, Library E-book Bills Are Back

    A year after a federal judge struck down Maryland's groundbreaking library e-book law, library advocates are backing revised legislation they say can help ensure "fair and equitable licensing terms" for library e-books while avoiding the thorny copyright issue that doomed Maryland’s effort.

  • Publisher News

    Oral Argument Set in Internet Archive Copyright Case

    A federal judge is ready to hear oral arguments for summary judgment in a closely watched copyright case over the scanning and lending of library books, some four months after final briefs were submitted by the parties and more than two years since the case was first filed.

  • Publisher News

    As Book Bans and Legislative Attacks Escalate, the New Press Pushes Back

    “As a leading publisher of progressive education books, our response to Ron DeSantis and the College Board will be to bring attention to this chilling, racist, and cynical moment,” New Press publisher Ellen Adler told PW.

  • Libraries

    The Week in Libraries: February 17, 2023

    Among the week's headlines: PEN America reports that 'educational censorship' bills are continuing to spread nationwide; the Utah Library Association delivers a powerful statement on censorship; and registration is now open for the 2023 ALA Annual Conference, set for June 22-27 in Chicago.

  • Libraries

    Comics Plus Exceeds One Million Checkouts in 2022

    Now in its third year, Comics Plus counts more than 2,500 customers, who enjoy access to a large and growing catalog.

  • Book News

    PEN America List Highlights Banned Picture Books for Young Readers

    In a release this week PEN America noted 317 of the 1,648 banned titles the organization tracked during the 2021-2022 school year were picture books for young readers, with 19 picture books targeted more than once.

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