I received the following email last week:
I found my book on archive.org and sent them the letter you recommended. Their site says it was “donated” by “Boston Public.” It’s a first edition of the book (published in 2002) and was only published in print. It can’t be purchased from the site, only “borrowed” for 14 days. Apparently, that has happened 9 times. So are they now trying to look like a library?
How does this affect the copyright issue? For example, if a library buys a book, people can freely check the book out. So, if the library then donates the book to another library, wouldn’t the same thing hold true? Of course, archive.org is not a library (in the traditional sense of the word) so they are clearly trying to get around the issues. But, are they violating copyright if they don’t sell copies of the book?
Here’s my answer:
Even if they claim to be a library, they need to purchase a copy of the ebook, as well as be granted specific rights to distribute that ebook. And, that permission must be granted by the rights holder, either the publisher or author.
Libraries are NOT permitted to scan printed books, turn them into ebooks, and let people start downloading and reading them. That’s a clear violation of copyright law.
All authors should check that site to see if their copyrights are being infringed, too. Read THIS ARTICLE for more information.
- Google Ordered to Pay French Publisher $430K for Copyright Infringement
- About Google’s Book Scanning and Posting Activities
- From Another (Alleged) Google Books Victim
- And Another Google Books Victim…
- SCRIBD.COM – Is Copyright Infringement Their Business Model and Are You a Victim, Too?
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