Joseph Perry, Esq.
AAP Sues Maryland Over Library E-Book Laws
Earlier today, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) filed a lawsuit against the Maryland Attorney General concerning a recent law that compels publishers to license e-books and digital audiobooks “on reasonable terms that would enable public libraries to provide library users with access to the electronic literary product." The complaint, filed in federal court in Maryland, argues that US Copyright Law preempts the Maryland Law, unconstitutionally interferes with interstate commerce, and violates the Constitution’s Due Process clause by mandating vague and unspecified licensing requirements.
For more information about the Maryland law at issue, see our previous blog post here: https://www.josephperrylaw.com/post/is-maryland-s-digital-content-law-unconstitutional
To see the complaint, click here: https://publishers.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/AAP-v.-Maryland.pdf