What we want! (archived)
We want to provide our library users with the latest e-books as we do printed book!
But some publishers prevent us doing this by refusing to provide libraries with the necessary licences to lend e-books. Surveys suggest that 50% or more of the e-book bestsellers are unavailable to libraries.
We want to buy e-books at fair prices and on reasonable terms!
But many publishers sell e-books at high prices or not at all. As a result we are unable to offer a good service to our users.
We want Authors to receive fair remuneration for the lending of e-books to the public.
Currently authors receive no remuneration for the loan of e-books by libraries in most Member-States.
We want all citizens – not just those who can afford it – to benefit from free access to e-books in libraries!
Under current copyright law publishers can refuse to supply libraries with e-books.
Therefore we want a clear copyright law that enables libraries to fulfill their enduring mission into the 21st century of providing all EU citizens with access to the riches of human knowledge and imagination whether in the library, offsite or online.
Legalize it! Grant it! Enact it!