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Friday, May 20 • 10:30am - 11:20am
The Library E-Book Wars and State Legislation

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E-books are an essential and popular part of library collections that greatly enhance accessibility to books for patrons. Publishers, however, have used their control of e-book licenses to limit library access. Outrage combined with the pandemic put a damper on Macmillan’s library e-book embargo in March 2020. At least one state has passed legislation requiring publishers to offer e-books for sale to public libraries “on reasonable terms.” Is this strategy legal? Should Utah consider it? This session will discuss the e-book wars and legal methods of ensuring equitable access to e-books for libraries. 

Learning objectives:
  • Understand the legal environment surrounding e-book purchases stemming from copyright and contract law.
  • Understand the limitations and opportunities of state attempts to regulate the library e-book industry. 
  • Discuss methods for ensuring equitable access to e-books for libraries.

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Annalee Hickman Pierson

Head of Reference and Faculty Services, Brigham Young University Law Library
Annalee Hickman Pierson joined the law library faculty in 2016 after completing a J.D. at Brigham Young University. As Head of Reference and Faculty Services, she oversees legal reference and faculty services, provides faculty research assistance and support, and writes scholarship... Read More →
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Iantha Haight

Research Librarian, Brigham Young University Law Library

Friday May 20, 2022 10:30am - 11:20am MDT
Stratus 5 & 6