Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pooh-poohing Copyright


I apologize for ranting over the course of the last two months about how the DOJ's vilely worded complain and remedies may have the unintended consequences of undermining existing copyright protections for authors.

However, I am not the only one to point out that Ebooks are content. Ebooks may not be re-sold. Ebooks are of no value to anyone without the presence of a device (computer, phone, pad, ereader etc). If eBooks cannot be resold, and the content is Intellectual Property that remains the property of the creator, then the DOJ settlement would strip copyright from authors and award it to Amazon.

Please take the time to read these letters to John Read and the DOJ .

Bob Kohn
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxrb2hubXVzaWN8Z3g6MWVlYjBjNzk0OTA1Zjk5Yw

Peter Glassman
http://www.scribd.com/doc/95310966/DOJ-Letter

You may link to more here.... http://paidcontent.org/2012/05/31/letters-to-the-doj-ebook-pricing/
including some pro-settlement letters from authors who do not see the big picture or question why Amazon owns its own cloud, and imposes conversion fees, and encourages exclusivity.

The deadline for comments to John Read is June 25th, so as of tonight, I'm moving on the the next issue.

All the best,
Rowena Cherry

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