Proposed rulemaking by LC to include ebooks in mandatory depository program

FCW.com: “The world’s largest collection of literature is expanding into e-books. In a notice of proposed rulemaking to be published April 16, the Library of Congress will begin including published e-books under its mandatory deposit rule, but only on a by-request basis. Mandatory deposit requires publishers to submit two copies of the work’s “best edition” — the edition determined by the Library to be most suitable for its purposes — within three months of publication. Previously, the mandatory deposit rule specifically excluded electronic-only works from the collection of copyrightable works. The motivation for changing the rule was simple, said Cindy Abramson, assistant general counsel at the Library of Congress: to update the Library’s definition — and collection — of books to match an increasingly digital environment…”

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