To Scan or Not Scan? Ted's E-Book Quandary Over an Out of Print Book
In his blog post, Ted describes his strong preference for reading e-books and the fact that the book that he would like read is no longer in print and will not be reprinted. There is a pirated digital copy in circulation.
Ted lists 5 courses of action actions with ethical e-book dilemma and asks his blog readers to share what they would do and identify plus identify what generation they're from - Gen X, Gen Y, baby boomers etc.
The feedback is interesting and informative. Tipping the author may pose ethical dilemmas for them and that was the preferred option of many.
But the "mystery" book has a twist to the tale. The writer no longer writing about these characters because of death threats received. It seems to be that the writer no longer wants this book in circulation. Does it change what you do or not?
I think this points to the strong need to overhaul the copyright system for orphan works and "alternate" consumption methods. If I have the record do I need to buy the CD? If I have the CD do I need to buy the MP3? If I have the MP3 but it's licensed through Zune or some DRM system, do I buy a new version when their "locking/authorization" system fails. When is a copy of a work - the work, not the medium?
- Video - The Truth about Copyright: Told Using Clips from Disney Movies - Stanford's Fair(y) Use Tale
- Video - Cory Doctorow Speaks Out on Piracy, Copyright Reform and the Futility of DRM
- Music is for Fans - Laws Not Technologies Should Protect Music Copyright - Canadian Music Creators Coalition
- Video - GOOD COPY BAD COPY - Documentary Film, Denmark 2007
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