for The Right to E-read
Give users the right to e-read by legalizing the lending of e-books by libraries!
Just at a time when advances in technology should be extending access to the riches of human knowledge, libraries are being prevented from buying or lending e-books. This is undermining their ability to provide their almost 100 million users in Europe with free access to human knowledge. It also raises important questions about democracy, learning and research, and the effective engagement of all citizens in a knowledge society.
Therefore 65.000 libraries and their 100 million users call upon the EU to develop a clear copyright law that enables libraries to fulfill their enduring mission into 21st century of providing all EU citizens with access to the riches of human knowledge whether in the library, offsite or online.
Specifically we want:
- To provide our library users with the latest e-books as we do printed books;
- To buy e-books at fair prices and on reasonable terms;
- All citizens – not just those who can afford it – to benefit from free access to e-books in libraries;
- Authors to receive fair remuneration for the lending of e-books to the public.
We need a European copyright framework that is fit for purpose and enables libraries to purchase and lend e-books.
Therefore we call on the EU Commission for a clear copyright framework that allows libraries to acquire and lend e‐books with an adequate remuneration to authors and other rights holders. Just as with printed books, an updated copyright framework should allow libraries to continue to provide their services for the benefit of all European citizens!
We therefore call on all governments of the European states to ensure free access to information for all citizens and to guarantee the Right to E-read via libraries!
WE CALL ON ALL EUROPEAN CITIZENS to stand up and defend this right!