Internet Archive to Shutter ‘Emergency Library’ Early Amid Suit

June 12, 2020, 9:55 PM

The Internet Archive said it will shut down its “National Emergency Library” two weeks earlier than planned because it was sued by four publishers alleging mass copyright infringement.

The free online library created the emergency collection after the coronavirus outbreak, expanding access to its existing library of 1.4 million e-books by removing caps on how many copies of a book can be rented at a given time. Those caps will return June 16 rather than June 30 as planned, Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle said in a statement.

The National Emergency Library was billed as relief for educators and students ...

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