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IBPA Supports Authors Guild's Campaign Against Internet Archive's National Emergency Library

Thursday, April 2, 2020   (0 Comments)
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(Manhattan Beach, CA - April 2, 2020) – Last week, in response to the shuttering of public and school libraries around the world due to the coronavirus, the Internet Archive launched what they're calling the National Emergency Library.

IBPA members are advised that IBPA stands in opposition to the National Emergency Library just as it continues to stand in opposition to the Internet Archive's concept of Controlled Digital Leading (CDL), generally.

IBPA agrees with the Authors Guild in its March 27th post that the National Emergency Library amounts to the Internet Archive "using a global crisis to advance a copyright ideology that violates current federal law" and that "[the Internet Archive] has misrepresented the nature and legality of the project through a deceptive publicity campaign."

[See also: "Controlled Digital Lending is Neither Controlled nor Legal" (Authors Guild, January 8, 2019)]

IBPA members are encouraged to help the Authors Guild combat the Internet Archive's National Emergency Library by joining its "Tell Internet Archive to Remove Your Books from the So-Called National Emergency Library" takedown notice campaign.

Here are the takedown notice campaign's steps, adapted from the Authors Guild's list of steps for authors.

  1. Check and see if copies of your books are available for e-lending and download without authorization.
  2. If your books are listed without authorization you may send a takedown notice directly to Internet Archive. The address to email a takedown request to is

The Internet Archives' copyright policy can be found at

The takedown notice should include all of the following information and be addressed to Please ensure that all information provided is accurate.

1**. An exact description of where the material about which you complain is located within the Internet Archive collections;

2**. Your address, telephone number, and email address;

3**. A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;

4**. A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the owner of the copyright interest involved or are authorized to act on behalf of that owner; and

5**. Your electronic or physical signature.


The following form takedown notice was initally developed by the Authors Guild. The version below was slightly modifed to suit a publisher's perspective.

Dear Internet Archive,

I am the publisher of the book(s) noted below. It has come to my attention that, without permission from either the author or my publishing company, you are making these book(s) available to read and/or download on your website, Please remove these book(s) from the National Emergency Library website, Open, Internet Archive, and any other website(s) owned or controlled by you.

The book(s) is/are entitled: *[list all books made available for reading on or downloading from either site without permission along with authors' names].*

The book(s) is/are located at the following URLs on your site: *[provide URL for each book].*

My contact information is: *[insert address, telephone number, and email address].*

I attest under penalty of perjury, that I have a good faith belief that Internet Archive’s use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and further that the information in this notification is accurate, and that as the publisher of this/these book(s) I am authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner(s).

Electronic signature: *[provide e-signature or type name]*

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