[INDOLOGY] Loan library of Archive.org

Elliot Stern emstern1948 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 16 00:36:41 UTC 2023

Dear Harry,

You may find the video on this page answers how to contribute or sponsor an in-copyright book for loan: https://help.archive.org/help/borrowing-from-the-lending-library/

My. Understanding is that archive.org <http://archive.org/> must obtain a copy of the book by purchasing it or through donation. It can then offer its digital copy for loan. Restrictions under copyright law prevent them from accepting a scanned copy that you or I might make. They ran into some legal trouble when they relaxed the borrowing rules early in the Covid-19 pandemic. See, for example: https://www.npr.org/2020/06/03/868861704/publishers-sue-internet-archive-for-mass-copyright-infringement


> On Feb 15, 2023, at 9:23 AM, Harry Spier via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> Dear list members,
> Isn'tt one solution to the high price of new academic books from certain publishers that these in copyright books be uploaded to the "Books to Borrow" library of archive.org <http://archive.org/> (Thats how I got Stella Kramrisch's In the Presence of Shiva).
> https://archive.org/details/inlibrary?tab=about
> As it says
> Books in this collection may be borrowed by logged in patrons.  You may read the books online in your browser or, in some cases, download them  . . .Please note that works in this collection are protected by copyright law 
> I didn't see how or who could upload books to this "books to borrow" library.
> Thanks,
> Harry Spier
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Elliot M. Stern
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