Internet Archive Servers by John Blyberg (CC BY 2.0)

Internet Archive Servers by John Blyberg (CC BY 2.0)


The LawBytes Podcast, Episode 47: Brewster Kahle, Chris Freeland and Kyle Courtney on the Internet Archive’s National Emergency Library

Communities around the world raced to respond to the coronavirus pandemic last month by shutting down as businesses, schools, and libraries were rendered unavailable seemingly in an instant. One of the effects of the shutdown was that hundreds of millions of books were immediately made inaccessible to students, teachers, and the wider community.  The Internet Archive responded with the National Emergency Library, a tweaked version of its Controlled Digital Lending program that brings scanned versions of millions of lawfully acquired books to readers under strict controls.

I’ve been a longstanding board member of Internet Archive Canada and was pleased to be joined on the podcast by Brewster Kahle (founder of Internet Archive), Chris Freeland (Director of Open Libraries at Internet Archive), and Kyle Courtney (lawyer, librarian and the copyright advisor at Harvard University) to talk about the Internet Archive, controlled digital lending, the National Emergency Library, and the copyright implications of recent developments.

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  1. Theft, pure and simple. JUst when everyone is hurting, the fat cats at the Internet Archive and fat cat lawyer professors like Geist think it’s a great idea to steal from starving writers and small publishers.

    Here’s a different take on the situation.

  2. brewster hater says:

    George is 100% correct, disgusting that a multimillionaire needs to steal from authors making pennies.