The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions' (IFLA) ability to influence policies that affect public access to digital information has received a major boost from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global libraries initiative. The foundation is giving almost $5 million to IFLA. A press release on IFLA's Web site reads, the investment will develop libraries' ability to react to emerging issues in the digital environment, increase awareness within the public library community of the link between this emerging environment and their work, and create capacity to undertake advocacy activities in support of policy change. Meanwhile, one way of giving the huddled and not-so-huddled masses cheap access to ebooks would be to allow owners to sell such works online. For now, Dutch Web site Tom Kabinet is doing just that. The Dutch Publishers Association believes this infringes copyright and is taking action in the Dutch courts to stop it. But recently, the Amsterdam District Court ruled that Tom Kabinet can stay open while the case continues.
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