Paid vs. Free Entertainment: A Case Study

By libertyc
February 20, 2013 // 2 Comments

Techdirt has a great write-up about a British children’s author, Terry Deary, who is on a misguided campaign against libraries. Deary believes libraries are giving away entertainment for free; he also believes they are severely damaging the book publishing industry. Techdirt’s Tim [...]

Mercedes Lackey superhero project bind-in CD available on The Fifth Imperium

By libertyc
March 23, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Fifth Imperium’s Baen CD repository has posted another CD. This one is bound into the release of the Mercedes Lackey superhero “braided world” book Invasion: The Secret World, an outgrowth of a podcast audiobook project inspired by playing and writing fanfic about the MMO City of Heroes. [...]

Early computer virus was meant to be DRM

By libertyc
January 27, 2011 // 0 Comments

Now here’s something I didn’t know, but that will undoubtedly not surprise many. In the New York Times, cyberpunk author William Gibson writes that an early PC virus started out as a fairly primitive attempt at DRM, created by a couple of sibling programmers in 1986 to protect their [...]

Is DRM-induced double-dipping beneficial to publishers?

By libertyc
January 22, 2011 // 6 Comments

In a Publishing Perspectives discussion seed article connected to the piece on the French Feedbooks matter that we covered a few days ago, Edward Nawotka pondered whether one of the reasons publishers like DRM so much might be that it often causes people to have to buy multiple electronic versions [...]

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