Posted on 07/11/2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Both sides in a big-name copyright infringement lawsuit have asked for summary judgments to close the case, reports Publishers Weekly.

Of course, they're dramatically different requests.

Attorneys for the Internet Archive, which has scanned thousands of print books and made those digital copies available for free, insist that the site's "controlled digital lending" is legal under fair-use principles.

Lawyers for Hachette, HarperCollins, Wiley, and Penguin Random House, however, strongly disagree and argue that this legal theory was completely invented by the Internet Archive.

The motions for summary judgment were filed last Thursday and can be read in full through PW.

The case dates back to early 2020, when the Internet Archive launched its National Emergency Library in response to the COVID-19 pandemic closures, but the publishers' copyright infringement suit extends beyond that now-defunct program.

A summary judgment concludes a case without a full trial.

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