Should Libraries Fret Over Mischievous Users?

(Manually) reblogged from Brandon Butler’s ARL Policy Notes:

Put simply, it is almost impossible that you or your library, when acting on the basis of your good faith beliefs about fair use, could be held responsible for the bad acts of your patrons who abuse the access you provide. And yet every day, in libraries all around the country, decisions are being influenced by fear of liability for users’ bad behavior. It’s time to nip that fear in the bud.

Read the rest of the post here.

Given the information presented by this post, what do you think is the proper response in the scenario raised by this librarian? Should a librarian intervene when he sees a patron engage in what he believes to be copyright infringement activities done on library grounds, with library materials? (Check out the insightful comments in that post, especially those by Nancy Sims.) Are there reasons to intervene other than to avoid potential liability by the library? Are there good reasons not to intervene, e.g. patron’s privacy, the ineffectiveness of such intervention as any actions would simply convey the message to the patron to do the same activities but elsewhere, the lack of consensus among even the experts — leave alone front-line librarians — about the legality of the patron’s actions?

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