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The debate over Internet Archive’s Emergency Library

There are always two sides to every story, and The Legal Genealogist is guilty of brushing past that simple fact in touting the Internet Archive’s decision to make a National Emergency Library of in-copyright works available without the express permission of all of the copyright holders.

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For every reader or user benefited by the decision, there’s also a writer on the other side who may be getting hurt.

Here’s the other side of the story: from the Authors Guild, “Internet Archive’s National Emergency Library Harms Authors,” posted 27 March 2020.

And of course Internet Archive has responded: “Internet Archive responds: Why we released the National Emergency Library,” posted 30 Mar 2020.

Read them both, and make up your own mind.

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “Two sides to every story,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 30 Mar 2020).

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