The Internet Archive is an American digital library whose stated mission is to “enable universal access to all knowledge.” The Internet Archive collects digitized materials and makes them available to the public for free. These materials range from websites and software applications to music, moving images, and millions of books. All of this information is available for anyone to search and download.
The Internet Archive’s extensive collections of digital content are organized by media type. They are further divided into sub-collection categories. One sub-collection is called ‘Community’, which includes general contributions from the public. Some of the content on the Internet Archive is only available in English, but there are other languages available.
The Internet Archive is a nonprofit organization that has been digitally preserving historical web pages and other documents for over two decades. Its Wayback Machine project, which allows you to view past versions of websites, is its most famous feature. The archive has over 40 billion web pages, and its collection continues to grow.
Publishers have raised concerns about The Internet Archive’s lawsuit, but it’s worth noting that the lawsuit only concerns the Open Library, not the Wayback Machine. While the Internet Archive has made significant efforts to preserve its content, publishers fear that the lawsuit could sabotage their efforts. Despite the lawsuit, open-access supporters hope that the Internet Archive will continue its preservation work.