Internet Archive faces legal complaint from major publishers

The Internet Archive is facing a legal complaint from major publishing houses in the Southern District of New York for allegedly violating copyright laws via its so-called "Open Library."

The site created the service in March in response to the quarantine measures of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet Hachette, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House and Wiley — all members of the Association of American Publishers — are now pushing back. They argue that the Internet Archive's service represents willful copyright infringement since the Open Library's materials include scanned and uploaded versions of books provided without licensing or payment to publishers and authors.

The service's collection numbered more than one million with books scanned from three libraries, according to the filing.


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