If you are planning on visiting your local library, make sure you have the legal info before you go.
According to a new report, libraries and online providers are often in compliance with copyright laws, but are not always, so it can be tricky to navigate.
As an example, a number of online publishers are not compliant with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and should not be accessible online.
This can result in copyright infringement and a potential lawsuit.
In the case of the Cloud Library, the Toronto Public Library was recently ordered to pay the copyright owner over $100,000 for infringing its copyright.
With the Copyright Office still reviewing the case, it is unclear if the Cloud library will continue to operate online or shut down completely.
“This is the first time in Canada we have seen a library take legal action over copyright infringement, but we know it is not an uncommon occurrence,” said Mike Binder, director of the Copyright and Digital Rights Section at the Copyright Council of Canada.
“Libraries need to know the law is on their side, but there are ways to avoid legal action.”
This article was originally published on March 16, 2017.
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