Bloomberg Law
April 13, 2020, 7:36 PM

Internet Archive Defends Massive Online ‘Emergency Library’

Kyle Jahner
Kyle Jahner
IP Reporter

The Internet Archive, a digital library that offers free checkouts, is defending the expansion of access to its 1.4 million-book collection, claiming fair use while public libraries are paralyzed by the coronavirus shutdown.

In late March, the nonprofit organization started its “National Emergency Library” initiative, suspending waitlists for in-copyright materials until June 30 or the end of the national emergency, whichever is later.

“The National Emergency Library was developed to address a temporary and significant need in our communities—for the first time in our nation’s history, the entire physical library system is offline and unavailable,” the nonprofit organization wrote in ...

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