[Libs-Or] Dealing with downloaders

Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney kbrodbeck-kenney at lincolncity.org
Tue Jan 5 10:10:39 PST 2016


I would say it's similar to how one chooses to deal with copyright violations and copy machines; egregious abuse probably deserves a reminder about copyright law.

We've had people setting up camp with their laptops and audiobooks here in the past, a handful of times. My usual tactic is to say something like, "Excuse me, but if you are copying our audiobooks, what you are doing is a violation of copyright. Once you check these items out and take them home, what you do with them is your choice, but I can't allow you to engage in this in the library." 

We haven't put stickers on any of our items because it just seems like a lot of work for a few offenders. 

Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney, MLIS
Library Director
Driftwood Public Library
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Lincoln City, OR 97367
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 >>> Carol Dinges <cdinges at ci.lebanon.or.us> 1/5/2016 6:02 AM >>>
It's unlikely that someone is just listening to a dozen or more audiobooks (without using headphones) in an afternoon - it's pretty obvious.  However, I like the idea of stickers on the cases.
Carol

Carol Dinges
Library Director

On Jan 4, 2016, at 5:33 PM, David Brown <greenlionrampant at gmail.com> wrote:



I would like to know how anyone else knows the individual in question (IIQ) was making recordings. It is quite possible  the IIQ was using the computer to listen to a variety of audio recordings,The fact is we can't stop these acts, but I do know some publishers build in glitches if a copy is made or there is an attempt to transfer or distribute.

As the manager or director of a library it might be best to create a small sticker for each case that informs on copyright law. At least then you have done your part in educating the public.   

A quick search on this subject shows this is a topic of interest with users. Take a look at this:http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1148201-legality-of-keeping-audiobook-copies-from-library
( http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1148201-legality-of-keeping-audiobook-copies-from-library) 

David Adkins-Brown
adkinsbr at usc.edu
greenlionrampant at gmail.com

"As my dear departed friend Lotus Weinstock used to say: "I used to wanna change the world. Now I just wanna leave the room with a little dignity." " - Justin Bond

On Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 4:00 PM, Elizabeth Figueroa <epfigueroa at gmail.com> wrote:


I don't have any relevant experience or legal advice, but I can suggest one change that might make your library's policy clearer. What you describe as "downloading" is more accurately called copying. Patrons download materials legally all the time, such as ebooks and digital audiobooks via a subscription service such as Library2Go, so your posted notices may be confusing.

This is a frustrating situation, and I hope someone has more useful advice than I've supplied.


Lizzie Figueroa
Portland, Oregon
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