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Subject: IP: RE: re Disappearing eBooks - but not inmates?

  • From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
  • Date: Wed, 08 Aug 2001 04:38:34 -0400


>From: "Bob Frankston" <RMFx18@Bobf.Frankston.com>
>To: <farber@cis.upenn.edu>
>Subject: RE: re Disappearing eBooks - but not inmates?
>Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2001 21:36:22 -0400
>
>The real problem is IP, not Interesting People , and no, not the
>Internet Protocol. It's Intellectual Property.
>
>I can sympathize with the concern over price but books aren't sold at
>cost. The real problems are points #2 and #3 -- you have few rights. In
>fact, you often can't read it without having to establish your
>credentials and you may not have any rights to loan or transfer
>ownership. And you may wind up in jail for trying!
>
>E-books are like films in the days of fixed cameras before people
>started to move the cameras and cut and paste. We already have the
>e-publishing with HTML and the Web. The real frustration is not that
>e-books are problematic, it's that we don't have a better way to incent
>authors than to keep control over the IP by binding it to wood pulp
>simply to make it hard to copy. But, at least, we can transfer ownership
>or repurpose it on a cold New England night.
>
>Bob Frankston
>http://www.Frankston.com
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
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>[mailto:owner-ip-sub-1@admin.listbox.com] On Behalf Of David Farber
>Sent: Tuesday, August 07, 2001 17:12
>To: ip-sub-1@majordomo.pobox.com
>Subject: IP: re Disappearing eBooks - but not inmates?
>
>
>
> >Date: Tue, 07 Aug 2001 15:59:30 -0400
> >To: farber@cis.upenn.edu
> >From: "James H. Morris" <james.morris@cmu.edu>
> >Subject: Re: IP: Disappearing eBooks - but not inmates?
> >
> >
> >
> >If Amazon continues it's pricing policy eBooks will disappear on their
> >own. 1. They cost the same as a hardback. 2. You can't print them.
> >3. You can't "return" them, unlike all other Amazon products.
> >
> >James H. Morris
> >Dean, School of Computer Science
> >412 609-5000
> >http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~jhm
> >
>
>
>
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