[INDOLOGY] Internet Archive at risk?

Westin Harris wlharris at ucdavis.edu
Fri May 12 17:12:12 UTC 2023

Hi Harry and other Indologists,

There was another thread about this topic recently but I am struggling to
find the name of that thread. Forgive me for not being able to provide the
link at this time.

I am by no means an expert on this matter, so someone else please correct
me if I am mistaken... but as I understand it, the recent rulings *specifically
and exclusively pertain to copyrighted material* that the IA has scanned
itself and now *offers on a "check out" basis to a single user at a time*.

As I understand it, *the ruling does not pertain to material on the IA that
is NOT under copyright, material for which the copyright has lapsed, or
material that has otherwise entered into public domain via any other avenue*.
As I understand it, these materials will remain as they are, freely
available through IA -- no changes.

Am I interpreting this correctly?

In my usage of the IA, I have only ever used this "check out" function two
times: for the Pedurma edition of the Kagyur/Tengyur and for a Pedurma
edition of the Taranatha Sungbum. The vast majority of the sources I access
on IA are in the public domain or otherwise not under copyright.

Of course, just because I have only used the "check out" function sparingly
does not mean the same is true for others. I am curious about how often
other Indologists on this listserv access copyrighted material on IA using
the "check out" function? Do others foresee any major obstacles to their
current research methods as a result of these court rulings?


*Westin Harris*
Ph.D. Candidate
Study of Religion
University of California, Davis

2021 Dissertation Fellow,
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies

Sarva Mangalam.

On Fri, May 12, 2023 at 6:15 PM Harry Spier via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear list members
> This video about the copyright legal problems the Internet Archive is
> having and whether that puts the archive at risk, was posted on the BVP
> list.
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp2aowF0jUw&ab_channel=AllThingsLost
> Harry Spier
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