[A2k] Darnton: The National Digital Public Library Is Launched!

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Tue Apr 2 15:04:56 PDT 2013

quote: The main impediment to the DPLA’s growth is legal, not financial.
Copyright laws could exclude everything published after 1964, most works
published after 1923, and some that go back as far as 1873. Court cases
during the last few months have opened up the possibility that the fair use
provision of the copyright act of 1976 could be extended to make more
recent books available for certain purposes, such as service to the
visually impaired and some forms of teaching. And if, as expected, the DPLA
excludes books that are still selling on the market (most exhaust their
commercial viability within a few years), authors and publishers might
grant the exercise of their rights to the DPLA.

The National Digital Public Library Is Launched!
April 25, 2013
Robert Darnton


Manon Ress
Knowledge Ecology International
manon.ress at keionline.org
tel.: +1 202 332 2670

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