Thursday, June 11, 2020

Save the Wayback Machine! - Internet Archive under assault


Reported by Jeff Benson...
The Internet Archive is a massive endeavor... it's an online library aiming to "provide Universal Access to All Knowledge." It has digitized millions of web pages, movies, photos, recordings, software programs, and books that might otherwise be lost to history. 

In March, as the COVID-19 pandemic led to the shutdown of public libraries, the Internet Archive created the National Emergency Library and temporarily suspended book waitlists, through the end of June. In doing so, it essentially allowed for a single copy of a book to be downloaded an infinite number of times.

Book publishers weren't happy. Last Monday, Hachette, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, and Wiley... four publishing behemoths... sued the organization. The lawsuit argues that "IA’s actions grossly exceed legitimate library services, do violence to the Copyright Act, and constitute willful digital piracy on an industrial scale." 

As this blog's readership knows, the Internet Archives is one of the organizations we financially support (the list of orgs supported by Tek-Gnostics is listed on the right-side column below). This massive archive is an essential feature for on-line communities worldwide. In these days of routine censorship, the work that the Internet Archive does has never been more important.

This is a call to action. If there was ever a time to show your support, this is it. Any support that you can muster would be greatly appreciated by us... and net-tribes everywhere! Please do what you can...






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