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Apropos of all the piracy chat currently on Book Twitter: If for some reason you’ve ever wanted to read my books but can’t afford or access them, let me know and we’ll work something out.

Because, yeah. It’s literally better for me to buy you a copy of my book than it is for you to pirate it.

2018-07-25T10:11:00+10:0024th July, 2018|Tags: books, gonzo author stories, piracy|

Online copyright infringement: it’s something, but it’s not theft.

Admittedly, in this instance it’s an ISP making the case, and they have a vested interest in online piracy not being legally classified as “theft” in the sense we understand it for physical goods.

Still.

Points to consider:

  1. If we don’t apply the word “theft” to online piracy, can we then apply it to, for example, the unauthorised distribution of naked photos? This is a bit of an uncomfortable one for me to think about, because I’m of the “piracy is not theft” mind… but also the “stealing nude photos is theft” mind. Yet the positions would seem to be logically incompatible; the same argument that makes the former not!theft (the original copy of the digital item remains intact) also holds true for the second. So. Stealing (taking? copying?) private photos and other documents is still some kind of crime (as is piracy, for that matter)… but maybe that crime isn’t “theft” per se.
  2. One of the things that tends to get glossed over in discussions about making ISPs enforce anti-piracy takedowns, is that it’s essentially Step #1 in government-mandated, active–and overt, as opposed to the covert stuff that goes on now–global surveillance of the Internet use of its citizens. If ISPs are monitoring your every online move for even the tiniest whiff of BitTorrent, does it set a precedent–either legal or social–that can be leveraged for other purposes, e.g. censorship? And at whose behest is this occurring? We’re used to thinking of ubiquitous dystopian surveillance carried out by the government, but anti-piracy enforcement is actually a type of corporate surveillance; the government has in-and-of-itself no stake in preventing online piracy, except inasmuch as it agitates political donors and other cronies. They are the lever that can enforce it, but they’re not the hand that pulls it.

Hrm…

2018-04-27T13:48:49+10:005th November, 2014|Tags: piracy|

Yo ho ho and an bottle of alternate digital revenue streams.

This originally started as a comment over on KJ Charles’ site, but it got a bit of a teal deer infestation. Hence sticking it here instead.

So, to recap.

A few days ago, KJ made an entry about dealing with the piracy of her new book, Think of England. The comments generated a fair bit of discussion, mostly of an anti-piracy bent, until a commenter calling themselves O. showed up to make a counterargument.

O., a self-confessed pirate, started talking about traditional pricing models, e.g. per-unit sales, not working in digital environments, and discussed and alternate methods for creators to monetise content online. Before we continue, y’all should go read the resulting thread, because without the context, the rest of this might not make much sense (ref. this post’s Original Life as a comment).

Done that? Okay. Cool. Moving on.

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2019-07-31T09:36:37+10:0028th August, 2014|Tags: books, ebooks, kj charles, piracy, soapbox|

On piracy.

[W]e need to face facts. Piracy’s here. It’s staying. We can’t stop it. So we need to find inventive and attractive ways to work around it. We need to accept that this brave new connected and tech savvy world we live in has different rules and different limitations to the one we were born into and grew up in.

We need to think about what offers we can make to readers to encourage them to buy legitimate copies of our books, rather than download them for free. Is this bundling ebooks with paper books? Or special editions? Or box sets? Or merchandise? So many obvious opportunities for experimentation that pirates simply couldn’t match.

–Forbes on piracy (and DRM).

2017-07-17T11:14:59+10:0010th April, 2014|Tags: drm, piracy, publishing, tech|