NYLA Meets with NYS Attorney General’s Office – Antitrust Division
Given the less than equitable treatment that libraries have received regarding the supply of e-content from the publishers, it was the hope of those in attendance to determine if there was any protection available under the law.
The representatives of the Antitrust Division were supportive and sympathetic, but reported that there is nothing about the publishers’ assorted policies on e-content with regard to libraries that is in violation of the law. The law does not require that any company do business with any other entity (with the exception of protected classes, of which not include libraries).
Since the time of our meeting, New York Public Library, in conjunction with 3M, announced a new agreement with Penguin Books on the sale and distribution of e-books. Previously Penguin had been refusing to sell e-books to libraries at any price.
Clearly this is an ongoing and evolving issue that will require continued monitoring and attention. How and at what price publishers distribute e-content to libraries will play an important role in the library landscape in the months and years to come. NYLA is committed to providing information on the issue, and to brokering meetings with those in positions to impact the discussion whenever possible. Please visit our e-Content page for the latest information.
In attendance at the June 19 meeting were; NYLA President Matt Bollerman, NYLA Legislative Chair Kevin Verbese, NYLA JLAMS Editor Richard Naylor, and NYLA Executive Director Jeremy Johannesen.