Neil Gaiman, Cory Doctorow And Other Authors Publish Open Letter Protesting Publishers’ Lawsuit Against Internet Archive Library

(Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)

A group of authors and other creative professionals are lending their names to an open letter protesting publishers’ lawsuit against the Internet Archive Library, characterizing it as one of a number of efforts to curb libraries’ lending of ebooks.

Authors including Neil Gaiman, Naomi Klein, Cory Doctorow and Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, lent their names to the letter, which was organized by the public interest group Fight for the Future.

“Libraries are a fundamental collective good. We, the undersigned authors, are disheartened by the recent attacks against libraries being made in our name by trade associations such as the American Association of Publishers and the Publishers Association: undermining the traditional rights of libraries to own and preserve books, intimidating libraries with lawsuits, and smearing librarians,” the letter states.

A group of publishers sued the Internet Archive in 2020, claiming that its open library violates copyright by producing “mirror image copies of millions of unaltered in-copyright works for which it has no rights” and then distributes them “in their entirety for reading purposes to the public for free, including voluminous numbers of books that are commercially available.” They also contend that the archive’s scanning undercuts the market for e-books.

The Internet Archive says that its lending of the scanned books is akin to a traditional library. In its response to the publishers’ lawsuit, it warns of the ramifications of the litigation and claims that publishers “would like to force libraries and their patrons into a world in which books can only be accessed, never owned, and in which availability is subject to the rightsholders’ whim.”

The letter also calls for enshrining “the right of libraries to permanently own and preserve books, and to purchase these permanent copies on reasonable terms, regardless of format,” and condemns the characterization of library advocates as “mouthpieces” for big tech.

“We fear a future where libraries are reduced to a sort of Netflix or Spotify for books, from which publishers demand exorbitant licensing fees in perpetuity while unaccountable vendors force the spread of disinformation and hate for profit,” the letter states.

The litigation is in the summary judgment stage in U.S. District Court in New York.

Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, John Wiley & Sons Inc and Penguin Random House are plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

NEWS RELATED

What Christmas Movie Does Kevin Bacon Watch In The Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special?

Marvel Studios/Disney+/YouTube Contains spoilers for “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special” For a while, it seems to go so well for Kevin Bacon in “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.” His yard is decorated. He’s picked up the presents for everyone, confirmed his Holiday plans with his ...

View more: What Christmas Movie Does Kevin Bacon Watch In The Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special?

‘Squid Game’ star Oh Yeong-su charged with sexual misconduct

“Squid Game” star Oh Yeong-su has been charged in South Korea in connection with an alleged 2017 incident of sexual misconduct. The 78-year-old Emmy nominee was charged Thursday, Variety reported. He was accused of touching a woman inappropriately, according to Yonhap news, a South Korean news agency. “I just held ...

View more: ‘Squid Game’ star Oh Yeong-su charged with sexual misconduct

Investigators received 260 digital submissions in probe of University of Idaho murders

Police are reviewing more than 260 photo and video tips the public as they search for clues in the shocking stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students. The “digital submissions” include images and video clips, delivered to an FBI link, the Moscow Police Department said in a news release ...

View more: Investigators received 260 digital submissions in probe of University of Idaho murders

Wilmer Valderrama Believes He'd Be Pretty Good At Solving Crimes After Years Of Practice On NCIS

DFree/Shutterstock The phrase “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV” was first uttered by “General Hospital’s” Chris Robinson, aka Dr. Webber, in a 1984 commercial promoting cough syrup. The popular ad ran with Robinson until he was replaced by Peter Bergman, who played Dr. Warner on ...

View more: Wilmer Valderrama Believes He'd Be Pretty Good At Solving Crimes After Years Of Practice On NCIS

Joel Soriano continues strong start to power St. John’s win over Niagara

At this time last year, Joel Soriano was getting benched, and his first season at St. John’s couldn’t have started worse. A year later, he has become an invaluable part of the program, and one of the most improved players in recent memory. That trend continued Saturday afternoon. Despite the ...

View more: Joel Soriano continues strong start to power St. John’s win over Niagara

In political shift, Westchester trends as influential Democrat suburb

Westchester County has increasingly become more Democratic in recent years. AP After decades as a Republican stronghold, New York’s Westchester County is now one of the nation’s most influential Democratic suburbs, according to a new analysis of this year’s election data. Population shifts triggered by the coronavirus pandemic have ...

View more: In political shift, Westchester trends as influential Democrat suburb

Michigan routs Ohio State with surprising ease to remain unbeaten

COLUMBUS, Ohio — J.J. McCarthy threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, Donovan Edwards busted the game open with two long fourth-quarter TD runs and No. 3 Michigan beat No. 2 Ohio State 45-23 Saturday, taking down the Buckeyes with stunning ease for the second straight season. Playing ...

View more: Michigan routs Ohio State with surprising ease to remain unbeaten

Precautions Advised as Chicago and Cook County Return to ‘Medium' COVID Alert Level, Flu Cases Rise

Health officials are urging precautions such as wearing a mask in indoor spaces and making sure everyone in your family six months and older gets vaccinated against COVID-19 and receives their flu shot.

View more: Precautions Advised as Chicago and Cook County Return to ‘Medium' COVID Alert Level, Flu Cases Rise

Digital Black Friday sales top projections despite inflation, report says

Imran Khan says his party will quit all assemblies in Pakistan

Michigan thumps Ohio State for 2nd straight rivalry win

Jalen Brunson questionable for Grizzlies game in latest Knicks injury blow

I broke all the rules when I worked at Hooters — people were shocked

Ontario NDP leadership hopeful calls Toronto mayor’s request for new powers ‘lazy’

Michigan pulls away late to rout Ohio State, remains unbeaten

Fair fight? Rams start Bryce Perkins at quarterback while Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes

Ben Platt and Noah Galvin Are Engaged

L.A. County expected to see cooler temperatures, cloudy skies and possibly rain next week

75 new affordable housing homes open in Coquitlam, B.C.

Lionel Messi, Argentina Bounce Back in Group C With 2-0 Win Over Mexico

OTHER NEWS

Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand news Verified News Story Network