Internet Archive viability threatened

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(Did a search and didn’t see this discussed here)

The Internet Archive is being sued over copyright infringement, and there are suggestions these lawsuits might threaten its existence:

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/5dzg8n/archiving-the-internet-archive-sued-by-publishers

If true, that’s already a grave concern to a lot of us. But it also makes me wonder — how much suing would it take to bring down our precious Wikitree? I know the backup procedures, but I really, really don’t want us to have to use them...

in The Tree House by Barry Smith G2G6 Pilot (219k points)

This article on the subject from 23 June offers a little more than the Vice article: 

https://www.vox.com/2020/6/23/21293875/internet-archive-website-lawsuit-open-library-wayback-machine-controversy-copyright

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In the early days of the covid crisis, Internet Archive loosened some borrowing restrictions on more recent materials to improve at-home access-"National Emergency Library".

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/30/internet-archive-accused-of-using-covid-19-as-an-excuse-for-piracy

 Several publishers responded with lawsuits. Blog post with Brewster Kahle's response at:

https://blog.archive.org/2020/07/29/internet-archive-responds-to-publishers-lawsuit/ 

by Jo McCaleb G2G6 Mach 2 (29.9k points)
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Note that this article was published at the beginning of June.  I wonder how far things have progressed since then.
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

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