Jan 6, 2010

How to Destroy the Book, by Cory Doctorow | theVARSITY.ca

A radical, peoples-approach speech on copyright and books!

Anyone who claims that readers can’t and won’t and shouldn’t own their books are bent on the destruction of the book, the destruction of publishing, and the destruction of authorship itself. We must stop them from being allowed to do it. The library of tomorrow should be better than the library of today. The ability to loan our books to more than one person at once is a feature, not a bug. We all know this. It’s time we stop pretending that the pirates of copyright are right. These people were readers before they were publishers before they were writers before they worked in the legal department before they were agents before they were salespeople and marketers. We are the people of the book, and we need to start acting like it.

Note: "pirates of copyright "= "anti-copyright activists out there who are trying to destroy the book. These pirates would destroy copyright, and they have no respect for our property."

In the 2nd half he states:
As the elegy reminds us, publishers have set out to sever this emotional connection by getting this licensing fever, by saying that ownership is something that can’t exist in the 21st century, that readers have no business owning their book.
In summary (repeat after me) - "DRM is bad for the customer."

How to Destroy the Book, by Cory Doctorow | theVARSITY.ca

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