Internet Archive Ends National Emergency Library
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
(Manhattan Beach, CA - June 16, 2020) -- On June 10, 2020, the Internet Archive (IA) announced in a blog post that it would end its National Emergency Library program on June 16, two weeks earlier than its previously announced end date of June 30. According to Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle, IA moved up the end date in response to a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by four publishers, a lawsuit that the Independent Book Publishers Association fully supports.
"The Internet Archive announced the National Emergency Library project on March 24, in response to the widespread closures of libraries and schools during the Covid-19 crisis," wrote Andrew Albanese for Publishers Weekly. "The temporary initiative unilaterally removed the usual one copy/one user restriction on scans borrowed from the Internet Archive’s Open Library project, allowing unlimited borrowing of the roughly 1.4 million titles scanned, unless an author or publisher opted out. The NEL was set to last until June 30, or until the crisis is over."
The National Emergency Library drew strong oposition from book trade associations, including IBPA, which publicly supported Authors Guild's campaign against it.
While the National Emergency Library will end on June 16, IA plans to continue operating what they call the "Open Library," lending scans of print library books on a one copy/one user model under an untested legal theory known as "controlled digital Lending," something IBPA has openly opposed along side 36 other book industry associations in February 2019.
About the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
Founded in 1983 to support independent publishers nationwide, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) leads and serves the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With over 3,200 members, IBPA is the largest publishing association in the U.S. Its vision is a world where every independent publisher has the access, knowledge, and tools needed to professionally engage in all aspects of an inclusive publishing industryFor more information, visit ibpa-online.org.