Posted on April 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The founder of the Internet Archive is defending its National Emergency Library’s legality to Congress.

Brewster Kahle sent a letter to Senator Thom Tillis, a Republican from North Carolina, denying the latter’s concerns that the emergency library is “operating outside the boundaries of the copyright law that Congress has enacted and alone has jurisdiction to amend.”

Kahle argued that the initiative simply allows library patrons to access the physical books they’ve purchased via taxes, and that additionally, many of the books in the emergency library are not commercially available as ebooks.

You can catch up on major players’ response to the National Emergency Library initiative in Publishers Weekly and on Writer Beware.

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