David Langford warns:
7 November 2021 Today I discovered something I’d have kept back for Ansible if not for the December deadline involved. The National Library of New Zealand quietly announced in July that it’s giving a huge tranche of discarded books from its overseas collection to the Internet Archive, which will digitize them all and put them online. In October it was revealed equally quietly that authors who’d rather not be pirated have until 1 December to opt out. See here. I downloaded the immense spreadsheet of 428,232 titles and found only one by me. But 46 by or edited by Robert Silverberg; 24 by Michael Moorcock; several by Chris Priest; many more still-in-copyright titles. Author friends may want to check for their names.
That’s a scary thought for those who depend on copyright protection to restrict the pirating of their books, and protect their income stream. It seems that New Zealand law may allow the circumvention of such protections in the case of a donation like this.
If you have bestselling books, and/or you have author friends who do, you might want to check out the list for yourself, and perhaps alert your friends to do the same.