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The Compromised Compromise
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Libraries operate according to compromise standards that respect copyright but allow fundamental activities like circulation of materials. The digital revolution presented new challenges for copyright owners who responded with digital rights management technology. DRM and effective lobbying of lawmakers have created a paradigm in which intellectual property owners control not only copying and distribution but access to information as well. The library profession must assert its rights and the rights of its patrons to restore proper balance to the compromise.