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Publishing: Public Lending Right — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:22 am on 22nd May 2013.

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Photo of Baroness Benjamin Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat 11:22 am, 22nd May 2013

I thank my noble friend for that Answer, but is he aware that the loan of e-books and audiobooks is increasing and that public libraries are lending them without the copyright owner’s permission—meaning that, technically, libraries are infringing copyright because those books are not yet within the PLR system? Does he agree that public lending rights should be extended without delay to cover digital, audio and e-books, so that writers can be properly compensated for the use of their work, as recommended in the Sieghart review?