Internet Archive Faces Lawsuit Over Free E-Books


A lawsuit in progress…

Nicholas C. Rossis

As Elizabeth A. Harris of the New York Times reported on Monday, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette, and Wiley accused the nonprofit Internet Archive of piracy for making over 1 million books free online.

A group of publishers sued Internet Archive on Monday, saying that the nonprofit group’s trove of free electronic copies of books was robbing authors and publishers of revenue at a moment when it was desperately needed.

According to the complaint, Internet Archive has made more than 1.3 million books available free online, which were scanned and available to one borrower at a time for a period of 14 days. However, the group said in March it would lift all restrictions on its book lending until the end of the public health crisis, creating what it called “a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners.”

Book piracy | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

Philanthropy or theft?

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4 thoughts on “Internet Archive Faces Lawsuit Over Free E-Books

  1. jyvurentropy says:

    If they didn’t have the authors or publishers explicit permission to distribute their books, then yes, I’d call that theft. I’ve had my own books pirated and it isn’t a great feeling not to have control over my own work. The archive should have worked WITH the copyright holders to ensure everything they were doing was above-board.

    • claire plaisted says:

      I think we’ve all dealt with pirates at some stage or another. Like you I have too. However some are scammers after credit card info and not pirates…I’ve seen both. At present I have an email bouncing back from one scammer… and i have a site taken off google search (only for my book) because the email bounced back… It’s a pain and one most of us can’t fight alone. Thank you for your comment 🙂

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