Posted by: bluesyemre | August 19, 2013

E-Books In European Public Libraries: Lending Rights And Business Models


  • Will public libraries in Europe ever be able to lend out e-books to their patrons on their own terms? That seems a strange question, for in several countries lending e-books is already happening. Library patrons will wonder why they shouldn’t be able to borrow e-books in the first place, just like they are used to borrowing printed books. However, from a legal point of view a paper book and an e-book are different things. To cut a long legal story short, whereas lending out paper books is covered by a lending right exception in copyright law in most European countries, lending out e-books is not.

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