DRM does not work
DRM is pointless. It doesn’t stop those who are determined to avoid paying for content, and acts as a barrier for those who will happily pay, preventing them using their content on all devices. It protects large corporations from innocent consumers and actively encourages those who would steal to do so in order to spite those same large corporations.
Obscurity vs piracy
We are a small, independent publisher and we know that obscurity is a far greater enemy than piracy for us and our authors. Osprey’s military history books have been pirated as scans of print copies for many years and we have evidence that the transmission of pirate copies has led to purchases. This has not changed since the advent of ebooks.
The world does not owe the publishing industry a living
I worry that the publishing industry is protesting too much. All the resistance to any kind of copyright reform, and insistence on DRM, makes publishers appear like whining children. The world does not owe the publishing industry a living and we need to prove that we add value.
Why is it only intellectual products that people think should be provided to them essentially free of charge? And why, above all, on a place like Metafilter where so many participants earn their living in fields that depend upon their brainpower is this attitude so prevalent? It's bizarre.
Kindle Fire sold out forever.
posted by Artw at 1:51 PM on August 30 [+] [!]
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