(1) what steps her Department is taking to encourage appropriate models for remote eBook lending in response to the recommendations of the Sieghart Review of eBook lending in libraries;
(2) what steps her Department is taking to implement the recommendations of the Sieghart Review of eBook lending in libraries in respect of extending public lending rights to eBooks.
The Government commissioned an independent review of e-lending in public libraries in England last year and the panel, led by William Sieghart, recommended that Public Lending Right (PLR) be extended to cover loans of audiobooks and e-books borrowed from library premises and also remotely. On
As set out in the Government Response to William Sieghart's review:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/an-independent-review-of-e-lending-in-public-libraries-in-england any amendment the Government would seek to pursue in future to extend the Public Lending Right (PLR) scheme to incorporate remote e-lending is subject to considering whether that would be compatible with the copyright directive and this matter is under consideration.
It is important to note that public libraries are able to lend e-books, both on library premises and remotely, without the PLR scheme being extended. Until such a time as the PLR scheme is extended, it will continue to be the responsibility of library authorities to reach appropriate agreements with non-print rights holders of those works, or with other parties on behalf of those rights holders, in order to license the lending of their non-print works.