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Copyright in the networked world: interlibrary services

Michael Seadle (Assistant Director for Systems and Digital Services based at the Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 1 September 2004



Interlibrary lending and document delivery have become an integral part of the services that contemporary libraries offer. The copyright laws in most countries authorized this copying within reasonable limits, but tensions with publishers may be growing. For interlibrary services to remain effective, libraries must continue to lobby politicians to defend their legal basis. Libraries must also continue to work with publishers to address legitimate economic concerns. This paper looks at the legal basis for interlibrary services, particularly document delivery, in the US, Canadian, and German law.



Seadle, M. (2004), "Copyright in the networked world: interlibrary services", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 328-332.



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