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Internet Archive lawsuit

Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:26 pm
by webfork
While our site is reasonably self-sustaining, one of the things that lets it happen is the Internet Archive or archive.org. At least 50 programs here on the site are either hosted or referenced (or both) by the archive.org site. And when someone's program goes offline, their site is really the only reliable option available.

After opening up available ebook rentals to the Internet during a global pandemic, several publishers filed lawsuit for infringement. This probably won't kill the archive, but will definitely harm the project as discussed in the Vox article. Whatever the legal outcome, it's an important part of freeware, both downloads and documentation, and more broadly a way to hold back against the tide of every kind of content from websites that gradually fade away.

You can read more in IA's post: https://blog.archive.org/category/announcements/ and donate if you're able: https://archive.org/donate/

Re: Internet Archive lawsuit

Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:50 pm
by thepiney
Damn that is just screwed up thinking from those publishers. Greed plan and simple in my opinion. Sad thing is it's not a surprise with the corporate mentality these days.

Re: Internet Archive lawsuit

Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 3:08 am
by Midas
In early June, I found and posted this to a social network, commenting "I checked: the greedy litigators are three of the biggest five US publishers -- Hachette, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House -- and Wiley"...

arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/06/internet-archive-ends-emergency-library-early-to-appease-publishers/