European Court of Justice rules libraries may lend ebooks like traditional books

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We’ve just posted the following news: European Court of Justice rules libraries may lend ebooks like traditional books[newsimage]http://www.myce.com/wp-content/images_posts/2016/11/e-book-1209040_1920-95x75.jpg[/newsimage]

Lending of an ebook may, under certain conditions, be treated in the same way as the lending of a traditional book, the European Court of Justice ruled today.

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#2

Well, on one hand the “one copy, one user” BS needs to go. On the other hand, “one copy, one user” give EU libraries far more freedom than US libraries, thanks to the DMCA, section 1201. If nothing else, this will make it harder for publishers to impose unfair contracts with these libraries, since said libraries can choose to just buy a boatload of copies instead.