The MLS Executive Board approved signing on to this important statement to
encourage consideration of library access to eBooks as copyright provisions are under
discussion at the federal level.
Over the past three years, Congress, the Department of Commerce, and the Copyright
Office have all begun investigating the need to “reform” the current Copyright Act in
the face of rapidly evolving technology. Most recently, the Library of Congress has
initiated a Notice of Inquiry seeking public input regarding whether and how Section
108, the “library and archives exceptions,” should be amended to accommodate
This Statement presents considerations the signatories of the Statement (libraries,
library associations, publishers, and other entities) believe are imperative to
maintaining the constitutional purpose of copyright law in the face of contemplating
statutory changes to address modern technology, specifically the move from
ownership of copyright-protected works to licensing.