March 31, 2020
Our statement against Internet Archive’s “National Emergency Library” received overwhelming support. The Guild has advised members of Congress, sent a letter to Internet Archive, alerted the press, and is conducting a takedown campaign.
Many of you asked what you can do. You can start by
sending the owners of Internet Archive a strong, collective message that
displaying and distributing full-text copies of copyrighted books to the entire
world without authorization is not OK. It is a flagrant violation of copyright
law. It is piracy, pure and simple. There are already plenty of legitimate
places for students and others to read ebooks for free—namely through their
local and school libraries. And most bookstores are still open for business
Below you’ll find instructions for sending Internet
Archive a cease and desist letter as well as a template letter.
Note that the listing for your book may also show that
there is a “DAISY” copy available. DAISY copies are specifically designed (and
protected) copies for the print disabled and are potentially fair use. Those
are different from the e-lending copies available to the public and, from what
we understand, are not likely to materially interfere with the market for the
1. Check https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary
and see if copies of your books are available for e-lending and download
2. If you want
your book taken down from Internet Archive, and you normally request takedowns
through your publisher, you should contact the publisher and provide them with
the information through your normal channels.
3. If you send
takedown notices yourself, you may send a notice directly to Internet Archive.
The address to email a takedown request to is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Their copyright policy can be found at https://archive.org/about/terms.php.
The takedown notice should include all of the following
information and be addressed to email@example.com. Please ensure
that all information provided is accurate.
1**. An exact
description of where the material about which you complain is located within
the Internet Archive collections;
2**. Your address,
telephone number, and email address;
3**. A statement by
you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized
by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
4**. A statement by
you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice
is accurate and that you are the owner of the copyright interest involved or
are authorized to act on behalf of that owner; and
5**. Your electronic
or physical signature.
I am the author of
the book(s) noted below. It has come to my attention that, without permission
from either me or my publisher, *[insert name]*, you are making my book(s)
available to read and/or download on your website, https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary. Please remove my book(s) from the National
Emergency Library website, Open Library.org, Internet Archive, and any other
website(s) owned or controlled by you.
My book(s) is/are
entitled: *[list all books made available for reading on or downloading from
either site without permission].*
They are located at
the following URLs on your site: *[provide URL for each book].*
My contact information
is: *[insert address, telephone number, and email address].*
I attest under
penalty of perjury, that I have a good faith belief that Internet Archive’s use
of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright
owner, its agent, or the law; and further that the information in this
notification is accurate, and that I am the copyright owner.
signature: *[provide e-signature or type name]*