The Internet Archive has lost its first battle to scan and lend e-books as a library

    A federal judge has ruled against the Internet Archive Hatchette v. Internet Archive a lawsuit filed by four book publishers, who decided that the website does not have the right to scan and lend books like a library. Judge John G. Koeltl ruled that the Internet Archive had done nothing but create “derivative works” and thus needed permission from the books’ copyright holders—the publishers—before lending them through the National Emergency Library program.

    The two parties went to court on Monday. We have asked the Internet Archive if it plans to appeal.

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