Providing links to National Emergency Library or Z-Library

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  • I've been providing users e-book links to titles freely available from the National Emergency Library at the Internet Archive and at Z-Library during this period when our library's physical collection is not accessible. A colleague has questioned this action stating that my providing the link is a copyright violation. I see my action as providing a referral and it is up to the user to pursue the e-books, rather like personal use. Also, from what I can find, providing a link is not providing a copy; thus, no copying is taking place, thus no copyright violation. What are your thoughts?

  • I agree. Directing one to a link is not a copyright infringement even if the link might include infringing content.  A URL is an address, just like a street address.  



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