Cropped etching of a library, bookcase and secretaire by anonymous

Today, COMMUNIA is releasing Policy Paper #19 on e-lending (also available as a PDF file), in which we address the shortcomings of the current European legal framework, and present our recommendations for an EU-wide right to e-lend.

Libraries play a long-standing part in connecting European citizens to, and enabling their use of, information resources.The services provided by libraries are vital to the enjoyment of fundamental rights. In a world where information is increasingly accessed digitally, library users expect and need access to e-books. However, libraries face significant barriers to transition their lending practices from analogue to digital.

In recent years, it has become increasingly common for publishers and aggregators to limit access to e-books through libraries, by imposing highly restrictive licensing conditions, demanding excessive prices, or simply denying e-book licences to libraries altogether.

In our new policy paper we develop a set of recommendations that would permit libraries to fulfil their mission in the digital age, including the introduction of an EU-wide exception for e-lending and a provision to make unreasonable licensing terms unenforceable. These measures should be introduced as part of a broader legislative intervention, a Digital Knowledge Act, which addresses the needs of European knowledge institutions in the digital age comprehensively.

A satire on the art business in which art experts and dealers who assess paintings are depicted as donkeys. After the drawing by Trémolières in the Hessisches Landes Museum in Darmstadt (cropped).
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