102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 1/21/2022, by Rep. Katie Stuart
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Equitable Access to Electronic Literature Act. Provides
that any publisher who offers a contract or license for electronic
literary product acquisition to the public shall offer to license the
electronic literary product to libraries, if purchased with public funds,
on reasonable terms and under reasonable technological protection measures
that will permit libraries to provide their patrons with access to the
electronic literary products. Provides that a contract or license shall
not restrict a library's right or ability to loan or circulate electronic
books and digital audiobooks in specified ways. Provides that a person who
violates the provisions of the Act commits an unlawful practice within the
meaning of the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.
Effective January 1, 2023.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning business.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Equitable Access to Electronic Literature Act.
As used in this Act:
"Digital audiobook" means a published work that has been
converted into a voice recording and released in a digital
audio file for listening on a computer, tablet, smart phone,
or any other electronic device.
"Electronic book" means a text document that has been
converted into or published in a digital format that is read on
a computer, tablet, smart phone, or any other electronic
"Electronic literary product" means a digital audiobook or
an electronic book.
"Public funds" means any money received or spent by a
library from appropriations, taxes, fees, donations, or
"Publisher" means one whose business is the manufacture,
promulgation, or sale of books, audiobooks, or other literary
productions, including those in digital form consisting of
text, narration, or imagery.