Legislative Update -- December 16, 2021December 16, 2021
AAP Files Suit Against the State of Maryland Over E-book Pricing Law
One of ILA's top legislative priorities for the upcoming Springfield session is reasonable e-book pricing for libraries. You may recall the state of Maryland recently passed such legislation, signed by their Governor into law; subsequently, the Association of American Publishers with support from NC Senator Thom Tillis requested an opinion from the U.S. Copyright Office about whether the law was preempted by federal law regarding commerce. The Copyright Office did not find that the law was automatically preempted, but acknowledged a court would be likely to find it so. Last week, AAP sued Maryland to block enforcement of the law. ILA still plans to work to introduce similar legislation here in Illinois. Clearly the result of the lawsuit will determine the prospects for such laws, so we'll be following it closely, but in the meantime we want to keep the issue on the table.
RAILS Associate Executive Director Monica Harris was interviewed by OCLC as part of the REALM Project. Read her take on the past two years and hopes for the future; and view the project's final research briefing, covering the latest vaccination research, virus variants, and ventilation.
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