“On Tuesday 14th September from 2-3.30pm we will be hosting a jointly run webinar with the National Acquisitions Group and ALT Copyright and Online Learning SIG. It brings together experts in the field of copyright, library leadership and collections management to discuss the latest developments in providing digital access to published content for library users under UK copyright law.
Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) has been receiving attention throughout the library and publishing communities as a potential remedy to the restrictive ebook licensing practices operated by some publishers. Libraries argue that these licensing practices undermine the balance between private interests and public access that have long been part of copyright laws, and limit the way library users get access to information and culture. CDL proposes that as long as libraries legitimately acquire physical copies of collection items, it is legal to digitise and provide access to users on a 1:1 “owned to loaned” ratio. CDL is gaining traction in the US and Canada, and IFLA has recently released a statement identifying its potential across the world….”