Just reported in Library Journal’s online newsletter is a statement released by the International Assoc of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM). This group included such publishers as Elsevier, Wiley, Springer and others. The ARL taskforce is quite concerned that this is trying to supersede the copyright law.
STM says it is adjusting to new market realities. It would require libraries that fill interlibrary loans across US boundaries to “exercise due diligence” in discovering that the use of the document is private and non-commercial. This would certainly put a chill on efforts to supply medical literature to libraries and physicians across the world.
Read the STM statement here. CABL members might want to be aware of the growing controversy surrounding this new policy statement by publishers.