Petition for The Right to E-read

The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) has created an online petition on for the right to e-read. The petition seeks to give users the right to e-read by legalizing the lending of e-books from by libraries.

Specifically, EBLIDA wants:

– To provide our library users with the latest e-books as we do printed books;
– To buy e-books at fair prices and on reasonable terms;
– All citizens – not just those who can afford it – to benefit from free access to e-books in libraries;
– Authors to receive fair remuneration for the lending of e-books to the public.

EBLIDA is calling for the EU Commission to introduce a European copyright framework that is fit for purpose and allows libraries to acquire and lend e-books with an adequate remuneration to authors and other rights holders. The petition can be signed here