Library and information professionals are often frustrated when faced with copyright restrictions. The problems which face libraries in the information society are compounded by the inadequacies of copyright. The absence of an appropriately balanced regulatory regime governing the transmission and use of digital works causes great uncertainty to authors, publishers and above all librarians. This paper provides a brief overview of the electronic copyright concerns of librarians and copyright holders and outlines the possible solutions. The importance of maintaining the exceptions to exclusive rights to allow copying and use is also discussed.