The Wayback Machine is a well-known resource to law school journal editors and many other people. For editors, it is a tool to confirm the accuracy of claims cited using webpages that are no longer accessible or behind a paywall. But the Wayback Machine is just one project from the nonprofit Internet Archive. The organization seeks to archive as much knowledge on its servers as it can get ahold of so that it can “provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.” This knowledge includes webpages, books, texts, images, audio recordings, videos, and software programs. It is a virtual anthropological horde. But some of that information is undoubtedly going to be copyrighted material. That is where the Internet Archive has had some legal troubles.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on February 8, 2021. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Morgenstern, Chani, "Will the Open Library be Forced to Close?" (2021). AELJ Blog. 263.