file sharing

What’s in a word? The new ‘sharing economy’

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sharing is good, right? What about when you charge for it? A New York Times piece on the new “sharing economy” looks at the way services like Uber, Lyft, and AirBNB characterize themselves as being all about “sharing” while at the same time charging you money for using them (and sometimes [...]

Want to boost your sales 10%? Remove all DRM

By libertyc
December 17, 2013 // 6 Comments

Coverage courtesy of Ron Miller in Computerworld has brought to light a research paper published last month which brings fresh data points to the anti-DRM debate. Put simply: All DRM does is kill your sales. That’s all. It doesn’t protect you against piracy; it doesn’t preserve [...]

YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley says let my freebies go

By libertyc
August 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Australian House of Representatives committee report on hardware and software pricing, geographical restrictions, copyright law, and other issues around tech and digital media in Australia, hasn’t exactly vanished into the legislative waste basket. Indeed, it’s sparked comment and [...]

Post-Apocalyptic Reading: A short story from the end of the world

By libertyc
December 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

With the End of the World coming up on the 21st of December and all, we need to consider our reading options carefully. (Here’s a tip: don’t start the Wheel of Time series.) Nate Hoffelder has a piece on Digital Reading in a Post-Apocalyptic World over at the Other Place that got me [...]

Groundbreaking series of articles about file-sharing studies from Zero Paid

By Paul Biba
May 8, 2012 // 0 Comments

I say groundbreaking because it’s the first time I’ve seen all these studies collected in one place.  Zero Paid takes a look at eight different academic studies of file-sharing.  These are not the usual industry sponsored drivel, but legitimate academic studies with science backing [...]

Publishers, DRM, unauthorized sharing, and the NPR example

By libertyc
April 23, 2012 // 13 Comments

We’ve heard a lot of people arguing that publishers should fight Amazon by dropping DRM. However, in The Scholarly Kitchen, Joseph Esposito has written a long and thoughtful piece looking at the possible drawbacks of this approach. Esposito first looks at the question of whether unauthorized [...]

Wiley unmasks file-sharing Dummies, goes forward with suit

By libertyc
March 28, 2012 // 3 Comments

PaidContent has an update on the status of “For Dummies” publisher John Wiley’s court cases against individuals accused of illicitly sharing various “For Dummies” books via BitTorrent. The company was able to unmask 46 “John Doe” defendants, 40 of whom were dropped from the case after [...]

Unrepentant file sharer explains why he does it

By libertyc
March 15, 2012 // 18 Comments

hise’s a quite long screed by Bobbi Smith, a media consumer who both buys and pirates a lot of material, in the form of an open letter to content creators. To sum it up, Smith finds he actually buys significantly more media since he started pirating than before he could ($2,500 per year, he says, [...]

Megaupload prospects look dim; other file-sharing services take notice

By libertyc
January 22, 2012 // 3 Comments

Dreamwidth blogger synecdochic has taken an in-depth look at the allegations against Megaupload and agrees with Ars that the prospects look dim for the company’s execs. The problem is not so much what Megaupload did—indeed, synecdochic suggests that a sufficiently skilled legal team would have [...]

Universal censors news video in Megaupload case, then quietly drops DMCA order (Updated)

By libertyc
December 15, 2011 // 1 Comment

I had been planning to leave this story alone for a while, given that it’s not directly about e-books. But Universal made a really dumb move that should remind us all about the dangers of giving the content industry a bigger padlock to slap onto our digital printing presses, whichever medium we [...]

Allegedly fraudulent Universal DMCA takedown notice raises questions about DMCA, SOPA

By libertyc
December 11, 2011 // 2 Comments

This story might need to be taken with a grain of salt based on its sources, but it could have some serious implications if true. Megaupload, like Rapidshare, is a cyber-locker site where people can upload files of any kind for others to download. Many of those files are illicitly-copied commercial [...]

Wiley adds more IP addresses to file sharing lawsuit

By libertyc
November 26, 2011 // 2 Comments

John Wiley & Sons has expanded its lawsuit against P2P sharers of its books, adding 46 new “John Does”—file sharers identified only by their IP addresses until Wiley can get their ISPs to fork over their actual identities. This list is made up of people who shared Cooking Basics for [...]

John Wiley & Sons sues 27 BitTorrent sharers of ‘For Dummies’ books

By libertyc
November 1, 2011 // 2 Comments

Suing copyright violators had had such terrific results for the music, movie, and newspaper industries that it’s only natural publishers would step up to take a shot. John Wiley & Sons has filed suit against 27 BitTorrent sharers of its “For Dummies” books. Wiley argues that through the [...]

DRM promotes e-book piracy, and e-book piracy is on the rise

By libertyc
October 7, 2010 // 14 Comments

Matt Bradbeer has a piece on FuturEBook looking at the ineffectiveness and irritation of e-book DRM. It is very similar to the piece we posted here a few days ago talking about much the same thing. In Bradbeer’s words: DRM is easily removed and therefore pointless, costly and a barrier to sale. [...]

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