Controlled Digital Lending

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Register for this one-hour webinar. 

(A recording will be available under the CALL Academy People Connect Institute category one week after delivery)

In the pandemic, many libraries took advantage of Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) through the Hathi-Trust Emergency Temporary Access Service. CDL is based on an extension of the right of first sale combined with fair use principles.

This webinar will provide the basics of CDL, how the Hathi-Trust ETAS utilized CDL during the pandemic and how many libraries have built their own version of CDL, including the University of Illinois, post-pandemic.

In this webinar, participants will learn:

  • How controlled digital lending is legally justified
  • Why the Internet Archive was sued for engaging in digital lending
  • Ways to distinguish the work of Hathi-Trust from the Internet Archive
  • Paths toward legally engaging in controlled digital lending

Sara Benson ~ Biography

Sara Benson is the Copyright Librarian and an Associate Professor in the Scholarly Communication and Publishing Unit at the University of Illinois Library.  She is also affiliated with the Center for Global Studies and the European Union Center at the University of Illinois. She holds a JD from the University of Houston Law Center, an LLM from Boalt Hall School of Law at Berkeley, and an MSLIS from the School of Information Science at the University of Illinois. 

Sara is the author of the book Compact Copyright published by ALA Editions in 2021 and host of the Podcast ©hat (“Copyright Chat”) available on iTunes at


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