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August CopyTalk: Controlled digital lending by libraries

CopyTalk is back after its short summer hiatus with a new webinar. Lila Bailey from the Internet Archive and Professor Michelle Wu from Georgetown University will present controlled digital lending.

In a time of limited resources, libraries are always seeking to maximize their reach with decreasing funds. One way to accomplish this goal is through collaborative digitize-and-lend, or “controlled digital lending” (CDL). CDL is the term for any library project that digitizes print materials and makes them available in a manner consistent with traditional lending principles. CDL requires the use of digital rights management to ensure a consistent owned-to-loaned ratio, so that a library cannot circulate more than the number of copies it owns, and only authorized users have access to these digitized works. Libraries perceive copyright as a roadblock to this vision, and this session seeks to demonstrate why copyright can be a library’s ally instead. It also aims to provide librarians with tools to talk to their deans or counsel, who may be very familiar with copyright, but are rarely conversant with copyright’s provisions as they apply to libraries.

Lila Bailey is policy counsel for the Internet Archive where she advises the organization on the complex legal and policy issues associated with its mission of providing Universal Access to All Knowledge. Prior to this, Lila was a solo practitioner specializing in digital copyright and supporting individual entrepreneurs and creators, early stage start-ups, Internet platforms, and libraries. Lila has a JD from Berkeley Law and a BA in Philosophy from Brown University.

Michelle Wu is the associate dean for Library Services and Professor of Law at Georgetown University. Before joining the law faculty in 2010, Professor Wu served as associate dean for information services, director of the law library, and professor of law at Hofstra University School of Law. She is an advocate for the use of technology in serving the public interest and has been one of the leaders in the CDL movement.

Tune in on Thursday, August 2nd at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific for our hour-long free webinar. Go to and sign in as a guest. This program is brought to you by ALA’s Copyright, Legislation, Education and Advocacy Network (CLEAN).

The views expressed are those of the CopyTalk webinar presenters; they do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Library Association.

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Carrie Russell

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One Comment

  1. Shellie Cocking Shellie Cocking

    When do you plan to put up the Archive of this talk?


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