Why we need an e-book DRM DMCA exemption

By Chris Meadows
October 30, 2014 // 3 Comments

It’s that time again. Ars Technica reports that the Copyright Office is accepting petitions on activities to exempt from the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions, making it legal to crack DRM for [...]

Morning Links: Ellora’s Cave vs Dear Author removed to Federal Court. Kindle vs. Kindle

By Joanna Cabot
October 23, 2014 // 1 Comment

Ellora’s Cave vs Dear Author Suit Removed to Federal Court (The Passive Voice) Dear Author has just removed the case from the Ohio state court where it was originally filed to the relevant U.S. [...]

Digital piracy now about access more than cost, says New York Times

By Chris Meadows
October 5, 2014 // 13 Comments

The New York Times has an interesting piece about Hana Beshara, who ran pirate web site and chat community NinjaVideo from 2008 to 2010 until she was arrested and served 16 months in prison. Beshara [...]

Photographer explains why piracy is driving him out of business

By Chris Meadows
September 24, 2014 // 8 Comments

We hear about Internet piracy and its deleterious effect on creators dozens or hundreds of times every year. In most cases, it’s about music, movies, games, or books that are circulating on [...]

A need for piracy?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

German expatriate film director (and former World Karate and Kickboxing Champion) Lexi Alexander has posted a very interesting – and already much commented-on – entry on her blog, [...]

Morning Roundup: Crackdown on pirate textbooks. No more TV Guide Canada

By Joanna Cabot
July 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Authors Behaving Badly and Authors Who Aren’t (Joe Konrath) So a bunch of legacy authors–many of them smart and who should know better–just signed a letter accusing Amazon of things [...]

Worried about ebook theft? Here’s the whole story – in pictures

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 3, 2014 // 2 Comments

The issue of ebook piracy, whether a serious concern or just an obsession with media owners, simply won’t go away. And web hosting blog Who Is Hosting This? has just released a handy [...]

Enjoying OverDrive e-books from the Indianapolis Public Library

By Chris Meadows
May 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of the great things about being in Indianapolis is having the Indianapolis Public Library’s main branch just a few blocks away. It’s a gorgeous place, with plenty of books and excellent [...]

Weekend Roundup: Using ePub Split on Boxed sets. Amazon to launch smartphone in June? and more

By Joanna Cabot
April 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Using ePub Split to Create Individual Books From Your Collection from Box Sets (Dear Author) The 99c price tag for these epic box sets of 8, 10, and 14 sets of novels is awesome. However, reading [...]

Dropbox uses file hashes to comply with DMCA requests. So what?

By Chris Meadows
April 2, 2014 // 1 Comment

Surprise! Dropbox has anti-piracy measures in place. You’ve probably seen the stories by now. When you right-click that file on your drive and ask for a public link that you can share so your [...]

Weekend Links: Two months with a Chromebook. Choosing right iOS notetaking app

By Joanna Cabot
March 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

My Two Months with a Chromebook (Dear Author) I like to try out different types of computers, especially laptops. I’ve needed the portable form factor since I was in graduate school and through the [...]

How misinformation harms authors (or writers or whatever we’re calling ourselves these days)

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
March 10, 2014 // 4 Comments

Nate at Digital Reader featured an article in his Morning Coffee about opting out of Scribd if you’re a Smashwords author. I was curious as to the reasons the blogger thought I might want to do [...]

Interesting article on how piracy is devaluing digital goods

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
March 10, 2014 // 8 Comments

Although it’s an older post, it only came across my feed recently, and I thought Baekdal had some interesting points worth sharing. He says the real problem with piracy is the devaluation of [...]

Dutch intellectual property regime looks like becoming a no-BREINer

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 20, 2014 // 2 Comments

After a series of high-profile instances of both overreach and incapability, Dutch intellectual property lobby group BREIN appears to have been handed a major defeat by Dutch courts. As reported by [...]

Morning Roundup: Piracy in Europe, Amazon vs. book publishers and more

By Joanna Cabot
February 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Disruption of Education (Teachers with Apps) If we take into account that this disruption will have a technological starting point, we can see what is happening in relation to schools and [...]

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