senate Bill S7240

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Prohibits publishers from limiting the number of copies of e-books available at public libraries

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Consumer Protection Committee


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Jan 13, 2020 referred to consumer protection

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S7240 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Consumer Protection
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §338, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
S120

S7240 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits publishers from limiting the number of copies of e-books available at public libraries in New York.

S7240 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7240 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7240

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 13, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  KAPLAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection

AN ACT to amend the general business law,  in  relation  to  prohibiting
  publishers  from limiting the number of copies of e-books available at
  public libraries

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new section
338 to read as follows:
  § 338. E-BOOKS.  1.  FOR  THE  PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING
TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  A. "E-BOOK" SHALL MEAN A BOOK PUBLISHED IN  OR  CONVERTED  TO  DIGITAL
FORMAT FOR DISPLAY ON A COMPUTER SCREEN OR HANDHELD ELECTRONIC DEVICE.
  B. "PUBLIC LIBRARY" SHALL MEAN A LIBRARY, OTHER THAN A PROFESSIONAL OR
TECHNICAL  LIBRARY,  ESTABLISHED  FOR  FREE  PUBLIC PURPOSES BY OFFICIAL
ACTION OF A MUNICIPALITY OR DISTRICT OR THE LEGISLATURE, WHERE THE WHOLE
INTERESTS BELONG TO THE PUBLIC, OR ANY OTHER LIBRARY MAINTAINED FOR  THE
BENEFIT  AND  FREE USE ON EQUAL TERMS OF ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMUNITY
IN WHICH SUCH LIBRARY IS LOCATED.
  2. NO PERSON, PARTNERSHIP, LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, UNINCORPORATED  JOINT-
STOCK ASSOCIATION, OR CORPORATION PUBLISHING A BOOK FOR SALE IN NEW YORK
STATE  IN AN E-BOOK FORMAT SHALL, IN ANY WAY, LIMIT THE NUMBER OF COPIES
OF SUCH E-BOOK WHICH MAY BE MADE AVAILABLE  FOR  RENTAL  AT  ANY  PUBLIC
LIBRARY IN NEW YORK STATE.
  §  2.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
have become a law.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14548-01-9

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