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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-07-28 21:11
Subject: [publishing] Eric Flint is interesting about Internet piracy
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Eric Flint makes an economic argument about Web piracy of text.

(From a mailing list I'm on.)
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Hal
User: hal_obrien
Date: 2007-07-29 06:53 (UTC)
Subject: Advertising
Flint expresses well my own point of view, and ties together a number of things I also believe are true.

One geeky way of putting it: If "piracy" really was harmful, one would expect it to be inversely proportional to sales. Instead, what one finds is exactly the opposite: "Piracy" is always directly proportional to sales.

But his points about the opacity of the book market are particularly well made.
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Hal
User: hal_obrien
Date: 2007-07-29 19:48 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Advertising
By the way... Flint's next essay in this series is available, and also makes a number of good points. This time the topic is Fair Use.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-07-29 10:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Nice job, Mr. Flint. Though he did miss one trick. Because paper books are still generally viewed as much easier to read than electronic ones, authors still loose far more sales to the "piracy" of people lending their paper books to their friends than they do through copying of electronic files. I'm sure the DRM freaks are busily working on biometric measures that they can use to staunch this dreadful drain on their revenue. - Cheryl
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Patrick Nielsen Hayden
User: pnh
Date: 2007-07-29 11:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's the same argument that Tim O'Reilly was making when he said the enemy of most authors isn't piracy, it's obscurity. Both O'Reilly and Flint are absolutely correct.
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Joanne Merriam
User: joannemerriam
Date: 2007-07-29 15:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Interesting stuff.

I had a long discussion with a woman in her fifties who is an established but unpublished poet in the area - one of these people who are extremely well-known and respected within the immediate poetry community, but because they don't submit, nobody outside their area has heard of them. She doesn't submit because she feels incompetent to tell legitimate poetry publishers apart from scam artists, and is under the impression that scam artists abound. I had mentioned publishing online and she was horrified that I would allow such unfettered access to my work. She wanted to know why I wasn't worried about people stealing it. I said I thought the likelihood of that was very low, and vastly outweighed by the promotional aspect of having one's work available for free. She thinks I'm naive. It was a truly bizarre conversation.
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Joanne Merriam
User: joannemerriam
Date: 2007-07-29 15:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I just MeFied this.
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Aliette de Bodard: dragon
User: aliettedb
Date: 2007-07-29 16:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:dragon
I'm with him. DRM for books just doesn't make sense.
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