Posted on September 18, 2023 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The good news is, these lawsuits don't have to do with book bans.

In fact, the libraries referenced in the headline aren't the ones that we all unquestionably love — they're the online databases that many argue are copyright violators.

One is the Internet Archive, which is appealing the decision in the case that major publishers filed against it in 2020.

The Verge reported last week that the IA's appeal follows its August settlement, in which it was told to "remove public access to commercially available books that remained under copyright."

The IA acknowledges that the legal battle will be an uphill one.

The other lawsuit to report on is one filed by major publishers Cengage, Macmillan Learning, McGraw Hill, and Pearson Education.

Those four allege that Library Genesis (also known as LibGen) allows visitors to download textbooks and other copyrighted materials for free, says the Guardian.

In total, LibGen holds some 20,000-plus files that were published by the plaintiffs.

The article didn't have any response from LibGen.

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