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Digital Copying and Libraries: Copyright and Licensing Considerations

February 12th, 2010

The following article is an electronic version of an article published in the February 2010 issue of Feliciter.

Digital technologies are changing how libraries make available books, articles and other works to the public. There is clear demand for these services, and they provide unprecedented benefits to both libraries and their patrons.

However, librarians should be aware that the uses of digital media, such as books or articles in electronic form, e-books and audio books, raise legal issues that do not arise with making available traditional printed materials. These issues fall into two main categories: copyright and contract. The purpose of this article is to summarize what the library community should think about when acquiring digital copies of books or making them available to the public.