The suit brought by the American Association of Publishers in SDNY against the Internet Archive shows a level of dishonesty and callousness that is wholly out of step with copyright law, the special place and protections of libraries under that law, and the plight of library users during our current pandemic. Why?
The Internet Archive is a public library, registered under the State of California. It is also a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit. Their whole organization literally has no commercial interest.
Bilby calls for a library boycott:
But Academic and Public Library Directors and Deans should now go one step farther and utilize our power of collective action and collective bargaining. Boycott all future book purchases and license agreements from the plaintiffs—Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, John Wiley & Sons and Penguin Random House—until the suit is dropped.
As Ars Technica reports, the publisher lawsuit could brankrupt the Internet Archive.
Scholars, too, should refuse to publish with those houses until the suit is dropped.