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EU rules on the right of libraries to digitise books for ‘reading points’

The European Union’s Court of Justice has ruled that ‘Member States may authorise libraries to digitise, even without permission from right holders, books they hold in their collection in order to make them available at electronic reading points,’ reports Lexology. The judgment, which was made on 11 September, also stipulates that ‘Member States may, within certain limits and under certain conditions including the payment of fair compensation to right holders, permit users to print out on paper or store on a USB stick the books digitised by the library’. The ruling originates in a dispute between the Technical University of Darmstadt and Germany publisher Eugen Ulmer KG after the library digitised a book published by Eugen Ulmer and made it available to users via electronic reading points in the library. The publisher sought to prevent both the library from digitising the book and users of the library from being able to print out the book or save it to a USB stick. The German Federal Court of Justice will now review the case.

Banned Books Week held this week, ‘Captain Underpants’ series most frequently challenged title

The American Library Association (ALA) has released the list of most frequently challenged books in 2013 as part of Banned Books Week, which runs from 21-27 September. Three hundred and seven challenges were reported in 2013. Topping the list are the ‘Captain Underpants’ series by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic), The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Vintage) and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Andersen). A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. ALA estimates that for every reported challenge, four or five remain unreported. More information about Banned Books Week is available here.


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