Question from a reader:
I wonder if you can help me locate information on the following scenario. I borrow a book from a library (public or school) which was published before 1923 and is therefore in the public domain. I would like to make a digital image copy of this book both for my own use and to distribute freely to others.
Assuming there's no license or other relevant & explicit limitation on borrowers' use of library materials, is it necessary to obtain permission from the library before doing this? Is it common for libraries to create such limitations regarding public domain works?
Mary: Hard to imagine restrictions on public domain books other than licenses or technological protection measures. Anyone have thoughts on this? You might also try the American Library Association Copyright Advisory Network.