Marilynn Byerly

The Digital Reselling Issue: What about the customer's rights?

By Joanna Cabot
February 20, 2013 // 13 Comments

Yesterday, TeleRead published two thoughtful essays on the digital reselling issue (here, and here) from author Marilynn Byerly. I appreciate her desire to ensure that any used digital market is fair to authors. I don’t, however, think Amazon is—as she asserts—about to ‘break the [...]

More on Amazon's used e-books controversy

By Marilynn Byerly
February 19, 2013 // 12 Comments

Digital products like e-books are licensed—not sold—to a buyer, so they can’t be legally resold, shared, or loaned. (See my article on e-books and the first sale doctrine for more information.) A group called the Owners’ Rights Initiative wants to change that. The ORI believes that the [...]

Is Amazon About to Break the Law?

By Marilynn Byerly
February 19, 2013 // 7 Comments

Amazon has patented a means to sell used e-books within the Kindle system. A book will be branded within the system when it is bought, and when the buyer puts it up for resale at the Kindle store, it will be removed from his account and transferred to the buyer’s account. Amazon will receive a [...]

Creativity and Copyright, by Marilynn Byerly

By a TeleRead Contributor
May 1, 2012 // 12 Comments

One of the common reasons copyright foes give for the evils of long copyright or any form of copyright is that it stifles creativity.   Is this true? My own feeling is that it doesn’t, particularly in fiction. WHAT COPYRIGHT DOES AND DOESN’T COVER Many don’t understand what copyright [...]

Marilynn Byerly in an audio chat on Tuesday

By Paul Biba
March 1, 2010 // 0 Comments

Marilynn is a frequent commenter on the site, so I thought you’d like to hear her in person on Crazy Tuesday, a live blog done by romance author Rowena Cherry. Here’s the blurb: Crazy Tuesday, March 2nd, 2pm Eastern : Launching “Authors Without A Yacht” When a proud ebook [...]

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