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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.

Speakers
avatar for Annalee Hickman Pierson

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 →
avatar for Iantha Haight

Iantha Haight

Research Librarian, Brigham Young University Law Library



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