senate Bill S120

2021-2022 Legislative Session

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

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Libraries Committee


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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 05, 2022 referred to libraries
Jan 25, 2021 committee discharged and committed to libraries
Jan 06, 2021 referred to consumer protection

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S120 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7215
Current Committee:
Senate Libraries
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §338, Gen Bus L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
S7240

S120 (ACTIVE) - Summary

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

S120 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S120 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                    120
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                                (PREFILED)
 
                              January 6, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sens.  KAPLAN, THOMAS -- 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.
                                                            LBD01932-01-1

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