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November 13, 2011

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Yes, Myles. That is my conclusion.

I agree with JeffatSCC. Terms of license on materials purchased through the vendor of your choice (iTunes, Amazon, B&N, etc.) seems to be unclear. Jeff is correct, B&N has actively worked with libraries to get their eReader circulating, see Sacramento Public Library http://saclibrary.org/?pageId=1465.

Are you suggesting in this blog post that as long as the materials (eBooks, music, even films) purchased for use on an eReader/device(think iPad) were bought legally and the device is not "jailbroken", that "loaded with legally acquired content" devices can circulate freely?

About number 3, "by following the terms of the license"--this is really the area that generates the most uncertainty, isn't it? It would be helpful to take a look at the licenses for the most prominent vendors and figure out how exactly they permit or forbid library lending. I know that Amazon has frowned upon library lending, and Barnes and Noble has cooperated with some libraries. But I'm really unclear on how to interpret the licensing terms with respect to library lending.

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