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Society of Authors demands Internet Archive stops lending books in UK

The Society of Authors has published an open letter, demanding that the San Francisco-based Internet Archive stop lending scanned copies of physical books online in the UK through its Open Library.

“There is no legal basis for the practice of scanning books without permission or lending them in the UK,” said the SOA. “Despite this, users in the UK are currently able to borrow scanned copies of physical books from Open Library. That is a direct and actionable infringement of copyright.”

To read more, and the open letter in full, see here.