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The Future of Online Lending: A Discussion of Controlled Digital Lending and Hachette with the Internet Archive

September 19, 2022

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Lewis Hall, 5th floor at the Berkman Klein Center's Multi-Purpose Room 515

1557 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

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The Internet Archive offers Controlled Digital Lending (CDL), where it lends digital copies of books to patrons — but ensures that the number of books owned is equal to the number loaned. Through the Open Library, the Internet Archive aims to “make all the published works of humankind available to everyone in the world.”

In June 2020, four major publishers sued the Archive for copyright infringement, alleging that CDL threatens their business model.

Join us for a discussion with Brewster Kahle, founder and digital librarian of the Internet Archive, about the pending Hachette v. Internet Archive case and the future of digital libraries. Kahle will be joined by Rebecca Tushnet and Kyle Courtney, amici in the case, and Jonathan Zittrain.

The panel will explore the background of the case and the National Emergency Library, the value of CDL for online libraries and public access, CDL’s fair use implications, and the future of online libraries and large publishers.

The Berkman Klein Center is pleased to present this event in collaboration with the Journal of Law and Technology (JOLT).


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This event will be livestreamed, but in-person attendance is limited to members of the Harvard community with active IDs. If you do not hold an active Harvard ID, please RSVP to our virtual event.


Brewster Kahle, Founder and Director of the Internet Archive

Rebecca Tushnet, Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment, Harvard Law School

Kyle Courtney, Program Manager and Copyright Advisor, Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication

Jonathan Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Director of the Harvard Law School Library, and Co-Founder of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

Moderator: Ruth Okediji, Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

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