More than 14 million digital books will soon be made available to blind and print-disabled users, thanks to a new collaboration involving the National Federation of the Blind and the HathiTrust Digital Library, a digital repository hosted at the University of Michigan.
The lawsuit brought by the Author's Guild alleging copyright infringement by U-M and additional HathiTrust institutions came to a formal conclusion on Jan. 6.
Earlier federal district and appeals court rulings upheld the library's digitization and limited use of the copyrighted works in its collection.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that affirms library digitization practices as well as certain uses of the millions of in-copyright volumes in the HathiTrust Digital Library.