Four publishers sued Internet Archive and the service terminated the National Library of Emergency program earlier than planned, the agency said in a blog post.
The emergency program began in March, providing free access to 1,4 million books for people who could not reach classrooms or libraries during the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
The Extraordinary Library is part of the Open Libraries initiative, in which the Internet Archive scans library books, allowing digital "check-out" via a waiting list. However, the Emergency Library (Emergency Library) stopped using waiting lists and made the scanned books available directly to the public.
The intention was to keep the Emergency Library until June 30. But on June 1, publishers Hachette, Penguin Random House, Wiley and HarperCollins sued Internet Archive for copyright infringement. The Authors Guild reported in March that the Internet Archive "Acted as a piracy site" that infringes on the authors' rights to their works.
Until Sunday it was not known if it was stopped Emergency Library would force publishers to terminate the lawsuit.