Library Copyright Alliance supports HathiTrust Digital Library in Amicus Brief

Library Copyright Alliance LogoOn Monday, June 3, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA, whose members are the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, and Association of College and Research Libraries) filed its amicus brief (PDF) in support of HathiTrust and its partners as they defend their district court victory on appeal in the Second Circuit.

The HathiTrust Digital Library (HDL) consists of more than 10 million digitized volumes gathered from the collections of many of the nation’s leading research libraries.  HDL assures the preservation of this great storehouse of human knowledge, gives scholars powerful new tools for research, and promises print disabled persons equitable access to printed books for the first time.

The brief argues three points: activities outside the specific exceptions favoring libraries (sections 108 or 121) can still qualify for a fair use, the HDL is a fair use, and libraries are authorized entities which can make accessible books available to the print disabled. The brief concludes that the district court’s ruling should be affirmed.