Journal article

At the Intersection of Public Service and the Market: Libraries and the Future of Lending

Rebecca Giblin, Kimberlee Weatherall

Australian Intellectual Property Journal | Thomson Reuters | Published : 2015


Most library uses of books occur outside the purview of copyright and the market. Loans fall outside copyright’s exclusive rights; libraries have exceptions for many activities that involve copying. Author remuneration for library uses via the public lending right is governed by distinctly non-market considerations. This changes when works take digital form: electronic lending involves copies and transmissions which copyright owners have a right to license. As a result, libraries’ ability to engage in electronic lending is governed by private contract, which means market forces largely determine the terms on which libraries can provide access – and whether they may do so at all. This has pot..

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