Posted on August 2, 2023 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A judge has granted preliminary injunctions against two parts of Arkansas's new book restriction law, which was set to take effect yesterday.

A coalition of groups including the Association of American Publishers had specifically targeted sections of Act 372 that would have, in the AAP's words:

  • "Made it a crime for libraries, booksellers, and any brick-and-mortar establishment to display or make available works that might be harmful to minors."

  • "Made it possible for any person in Arkansas to demand the removal of a book the person deemed inappropriate."

You can read more about the judge's ruling at Publishing Perspectives, which has covered and will continue to cover the case.

(Here's hoping that we'll see similar action in Iowa, where Fussy is based, now that its book-restriction law's consequences have made national headlines.) 

In other literary legal news, Publishers Weekly reports that the Internet Archive and the parties that sued it for copyright infringement might be close to the judgment phase of the litigation.

The judge who found the Internet Archive liable ruled July 28 that both sides must deliver their recommendations on judgment by August 11 — no further extensions would be granted.

Refresh your memory on the Internet Archive copyright suit at PW.

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