Controlled Digital Lending in Libraries: Streaming and Other Content

With digital collections now ubiquitous, and platforms and formats constantly changing, it can be difficult to understand how to set policies and parameters for digital lending. This event will discuss first sale, controlled digital lending (CDL), the e-book pricing struggle, and how to navigate CDL given the pending lawsuit against the Internet Archive.

Copyright expert Sara Benson will cover the fundamental legal grounding for controlled digital lending (CDL), including an explanation of the first sale doctrine and fair use. The webinar will explore the pending lawsuit against the Internet Archive as well as best practices with CDL. There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the webinar to address specific concerns from audience members.

After this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand what controlled digital lending (CDL) means from a practical and legal perspective
  • Know best practices for CDL and how to apply them to library policies
  • Better assess risk when engaging in CDL in libraries given the constantly changing legal landscape

Sara R. Benson is the copyright librarian and an assistant professor at the Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a JD from the University of Houston Law Center, an LLM from Boalt Hall School of Law at Berkeley and an MSLIS from the School of Information Science at the University of Illinois. Prior to joining the library, Sara was a lecturer at the University of Illinois College of Law for ten years. Sara is the host of the Podcast ©hat (“Copyright Chat”), available on iTunes.

This event will be hosted in Zoom. Automatic captions will be enabled for this event. This event will be recorded, and registrants will receive access to the recording within a day after the event ends.

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