[LMB] OT: Downside of eBooks

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Fri Jul 5 23:08:46 BST 2019


> On Jul 5, 2019, at 3:57 PM, Fred Smith <fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us> wrote:
> 
>> On the other hand, I would be shocked - shocked! - to learn that people had
>> broken the DRM on books and similar content so they could make personal
>> backups and archives.
>> 
>> At what point are we, the users, not bound by contracts offered in bad
>> faith?
> 
> unfortunately, the answer to your qeustion is: when the Supreme Court says
> it is illegal for companies to restrict their customers in such a manner.
> 
> In the meantime, I do keep un-restricted copies of things I pay for,
> whenever possible. Why? because though it may not be illegal for
> companies to force us to give up our rights, it is certainly immoral.
> 
> But you didn't hear me say any of those things. ;-{

I first search to see if the book I want is available DRM free.   If not, I buy it from a source that I can break (I no longer buy books from the Apple Store).   My digital copies will likely die with me, while my dead-tree books will be inherited.


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