Piracy

Amazon Publishing’s Ebook Surge Explained

With the film version of The Fault in Our Stars making a splash in theaters this week, John Green’s YA novel finds itself securely at the top of our ebook best-seller list. Conspicuously absent, though, are four Amazon titles in the Kindle First program, allowing Prime subscribers one free download per month of certain Amazon Publishing ebooks...

Managing Content Rights to Maximize Value

Have you ever spent a lot of money and effort to bring something new into the world only to regret it later because you aren’t getting the value out of it that you put in? If you haven’t, you’re in luck. However, ask any publisher the same question and you will get an entirely...

Is an ebook an experience or a thing?

When readers purchase paper books, they know what they bought and they know what they can do with it. They can read it. They can re-read it as many times as they like. They can lend it to someone else to read. They can pass it around to everyone in their office. They can...

70 NYT Bestsellers for $2.00. Too Good to Be True? Ask Paypal

Rowena Cherry, an indefatigable source of information about allegedly unauthorized publication of copyrighted works, reports this latest instance. If you are a bestselling author, or the agent or publisher of a bestselling author, you will find your book here. Scroll down for the entire list of New York Times bestsellers available for $2.00. Purchases...

Google Decides Legit Copyright Owners May Have a Point

Last spring Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt dealt authors and publishers a staggering blow by declaring his absolute opposition to any effort to curtail Google’s right to link to piracy websites like Pirate Bay. He said it in such unequivocal terms that we concluded it was time for legitimate copyright owners to throw in...

Salvation Just One Download Away

Most of us would agree that there is something mystical in linking to a vast ocean of humanity when we visit the Web. You could not be blamed for feeling cosmically inspired to think that you and untold millions are simultaneously sharing common experiences and emotions. But – to make a bona fide religion...

Brits Know More About Three Strikes than We Do.

The Brits don’t even play baseball but they know more about three strikes than we Yanks do. In fact, in the international pastime of Whac-a-Filesharer their style of hardball makes Americans look like minor league wiffle ballers. Over the last few years we’ve commented on the moral outrage expressed by our English cousins over...

A Thief By Any Other Name

Whenever there’s a high-profile crime it’s only a matter of time before someone belittles the victim. That’s what seems to be shaping up in the Justice Department’s indictment of file-sharing behemoth Megaupload on charges of massive copyright infringement. Stuart P. Green, a Rutgers Law School Professor blogging in the New York Times, writes “Whatever...

DBW Weekly Roundup: 3/31/11

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