2/19/2011

Kindle books being pirated

Something authors are not going to be very happy about. The story is available here.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Zwo said...

If it can be transferred electronically, it can be and is pirated. Books, movies, music, games, pictures, documents, software - all freely shared and copied for 10+ years now. Nothing new here.

2/19/2011 10:02 PM  
OpenID DougHuffman said...

Thanks for the article, to which I commented. Perhaps some training by an economist is in order; who properly establishes the value of a product? In school we learned about mud-pies made by a master mud pie maker, that they were more valuable than mud-pies made by an indie/newbie author/musician/maker of pies. The RIAA learned, from their market, that their product is worth stealing only. An e-book is no different.

I happily pay outrageous prices for quality work, like MGLC, but also maintain a suite of de-DRM liberating software.

A good law is clear, concise and conservative of ink, it's the exceptions indulging favorites than drive laws to thousands of pages. Copyright law, DMCA et alii, is abused and ill-taught to the advantage of commercial enterprises.

2/20/2011 11:34 AM  
Blogger Lazy Bike Commuter said...

I don't think this should be a surprise to anyone. Everything digital can be easily pirated. Anything information based that is analog can be converted to digital (there was plenty of book piracy before Kindles as well).

Pretty much the only reasons people buy physical media today are because of either their own personal morals telling them to, or because the publisher provides a service that they must themselves supply--such as the Kindle app synching books and bookmarks between platforms, or multiplayer in video games.

However unhappy authors are about it, most of what I have read points to greatly increased incomes for most since the release of the Kindle.

2/21/2011 6:41 PM  

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