Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 31st Aug 2010 22:09 UTC
Legal Despite doing what I think are some great things for the American people, the Obama administration has a dark side. Joe Biden and many others on staff come straight from the RIAA camp, and it shows. Today, the Obama administration disregarded every US law relating to theft and copyright by stating that piracy is "flat, unadulterated theft".
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by Moredhas on Tue 31st Aug 2010 22:43 UTC
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Let's apply this back to books, shall we? Australian publishers have made a felon of me because i happen to own a kobo (a very nice and affordable ebook reader). The books that I, and likely many others of the OSNews readership read, mostly sci-fi and fantasy the Australian publishers haven't purchased the ebook rights for. If I want to read anything by Peter F Hamilton, I'm forced to either spoof my IP to buy from an American store, doubtlessly infringing not just on Australian rights-holders' copyrights but also on import laws, or outright pirate the ebooks. Piracy is easier, obviously cheaper, and in fact more legal than actually buying a product! Most of the ebooks I've pirated, however, are morally greener because I already own the dead tree forms.

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