Industry & Advocacy News
April 9, 2020
In a letter to Internet Archive’s Brewster Kahle, Senator
Thom Tillis (R-NC), chair of the Senate Intellectual Property Subcommittee,
criticized Internet Archive for taking the law into its own hands and unilaterally
declaring a national “emergency” to justify giving away others’ books for free.
Echoing the Authors Guild’s concerns
about the so-called “National Emergency Library,” Mr. Tillis wrote that he was “not
aware of any measure under copyright law that permits a user of copyrighted
works to unilaterally create an emergency copyright act.” He stated that he was
“deeply concerned” that Internet Archive had put thousands of copyrighted books
online without restrictions for free, and that in doing so, it was “operating
outside of the boundaries of the copyright law.” Mr. Tillis ended his letter
with a quote from AG President Doug Preston’s New York Times op-ed to draw attention to the difficulties facing
authors during this crisis.
You can read the letter in its entirety below.