Originally Posted by John F
I'm not sure how ebooks/libraries fit intio the whole copyright issue. Aren't there some publishers that don't allow their ebooks at libraries? Why has this been allowed?
This may be more of a rights issue than a copyright issue.
Generally speaking, 99.999% of the time an author owns the copyright. The publisher licenses specific rights from the author for a specific length of time. Many publishers don't have the e-publishing rights to every book in their print catalog.
Publishers also have the right not to exercise some of the rights they've negotiated for. A good example is film or audio rights. A publisher may retain those rights for a length of time, even though they elect not to make a movie. they might have the e-pub rights, but elect not to release a book in electronic format.