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Internet Archive judgement: A very partial decision

Last Friday, the US Federal Judge overseeing the Hachette vs Internet Archive case issued their judgement, broadly accepting the arguments of publishers against the Archive’s use of Controlled Digital Lending.

The decision, unfortunately, pays little attention to the value of the work of libraries, and in particular of lending.

While regrettable, this decision is of little relevance to Europe, where secure forms of digital lending can take place under a specific legal basis. …

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Landing place on Sint Eustatius (1913):

Two for one? KR21 recommends that the Netherlands abolishes its ‘spare’ copyright act

The Netherlands has not one, but two, copyright Acts. One that is applicable to the European Netherlands and is compliant with EU law and a second act that is applicable solely to the Caribbean Netherlands, the islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius (‘Statia’), and Saba (known collectively as the BES). KR21 has recommended to the Dutch government to abolish the Act that is specific to this small region of the country and to apply the European Netherlands’ Act to the BES, as the current situation is limiting access to information, knowledge and culture for the inhabitants of this part of the Netherlands. …

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