National Library puts Internet Archive agreement on hold days before deadline


National Librarian Te Pouhuaki Rachel Esson says the library listens to people's perspectives.


National Librarian Te Pouhuaki Rachel Esson says the library listens to people’s opinions.

The National Library halted plans to export 600,000 books to overseas-based online archives after sustained criticism from authors, publishers, copyright holders and the National Party.

In an emailed statement Monday, the library said it was “reconsidering” its intention to ship books from its published collections overseas “in light of concerns expressed by interested parties, including issues related to copyright “.

The Internet Archive, where he originally planned to send the books, is involved in a lawsuit for copyright infringement with publishing giants Hachette, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House and Wiley in the United States.

In Monday’s statement, the library said it would not export any books until it considered its next steps.

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National Librarian Te Pouhuaki Rachel Esson said the library listens to people’s perspectives and works hard to support New Zealanders’ continued access to books in the collections, for which she previously argued that she had no ‘space and that it was barely published by the public.

“We aim to balance our duty to all New Zealanders with the concerns of our valued colleagues in the book industry and will continue to build relationships with them,” she said.

“We take the time to consider all available options that match our collection plans, while protecting the interests of authors and publishers. “

Esson said the library will continue to work to prevent secure destruction of books, which looked like an earlier result before the deal was struck with the Internet Archive.

The hiatus comes after the Authors’ Society, the Publishers Association and the Copyright Licensing Office wrote to the Attorney General and the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, asking them to investigate the deal. . Many of these parties felt inaudible and overwhelmed during the process of figuring out what to do with the books, which resulted in an agreement between the library and the archives.

Recently, there was a protest at a Wellington church against the saga, and National arts spokesperson Simon O’Connor also publicly said the deal was “a slap in the face” for the neo literary community. -Zeeland.

There was an original deadline for authors and copyright holders to “opt out” of the library from donating their books to the Internet Archive by December 1.

Authors’ Society chief executive Jenny Nagle said she welcomed the decision and her copyright concerns had been heard. “We will be delighted to step into the New Year as they seek a legal solution. The National Library and the local writing and publishing industry should not disagree, as we are all part of the same ecosystem. “

Protest organizer Bill Direen said Monday's decision resulted in a

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Protest organizer Bill Direen said Monday’s decision resulted in a “summer ceasefire.”

Protest organizer Bill Direen called it a “ceasefire,” while Book Guardians Aotearoa spokesman Michael Pringle, who also opposed the deal, said asked if legal advice changed the library’s mind “at the eleventh hour”.

There would have been a “considerable” cost in staff time to organize the deal, Pringle said, but no money was given to the Internet Archive, Esson confirmed in a telephone interview.

Pringle wanted to see sufficient storage space funded for the library to house the books and for more books to be made available on a referral basis.

Esson said archives have been made aware of his decision. He wanted to continue working with the library as much as possible, she said.


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