Bloomberg Law
June 1, 2020, 3:06 PM

Publishers Sue Internet Archive Over Digital Library

Blake Brittain
Blake Brittain

The Internet Archive’s “Open Library” and “National Emergency Library” initiatives amount to “willful mass copyright infringement” by distributing scanned copies of over 1.3 million books without paying authors or publishers, four major publishing companies said in a Manhattan federal court complaint Monday.

Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers LLC, John Wiley & Sons Inc., and Penguin Random House LLC told the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that the Archive’s actions “grossly exceed legitimate library services, do violence to the Copyright Act, and constitute willful digital piracy on an industrial scale.” The publishers say the initiative ...

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