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April 06, 2011


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Yup, it's ridiculous. I remember the first CD I bought that tried to prevent me from ripping it on my computer - I was incensed. At the time I thought I OWN this CD and I should be allowed to do what ever I legally want with it. Email it to a friend, put it on my husband's and son's ipod etc.

The problem seems to be rooted in copyright. That particular industry has always had an unhealthy phobia of innovation. They were panicked when photocopiers and then scanners came on the market envisioning that people would shut down their industry by distributing photocopied books.

DRM is an epic failure for all the reasons you list above and the only solution is to reinvent the publishing model and industry entirely.

Kevin Gao

joe - one of the better solutions i've heard (and we as an ebook publisher are implementing) is to automatically stamp each pdf/ebook with the author's name and email address as a social control. that way, at least the purchaser will think twice before uploading to a torrent site or distributing on email lists...

Claude Bouchard

As a currently self-published author who now has representation, my goal is to build an audience for the future. That said, if some people are lending my books, whether it's print versions or e-books to others, I'm willing to give up the lost royalties in exchange for developing a fan base.

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Your rights in handling an ebook really should be comparable to your rights and privileges in handling a paper book.

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