I ask, because I am a huge library lover (especially for reference books and those huge tomes I would love to fill my house with, but my husband would rather I did not), and one of my favorite online resources is The Internet Archive. The access to rare and out of print resources the IA offers to someone like me, who lives out in the boonies but is blessed to have solid cable-modem service, a way to look up odd bits and see old texts (such as this example… my son found volumes 2-4 at a book sale and wanted to read them, but we couldn’t find the 1st volume at the time). However… its recent project The Open Library is stirring up some controversy in some circles because of copyright violation.
I am a bit divided on this issue. I do believe that we need more ways for people to access books, but theft stinks, even unintentional thievery (which is what these seem to be, since the files have an active DRM protection on them). The problem is that there are people out there who are stripping off this copyright protection and then reposting authors works as their own because of the formats used to make the books available o the Open Library, depriving those who did the real, creative hard-work of credit and pay.
Something’s got to give… I have my own ideas for possible solutions. How about you? Have you had any experience (good or bad) with the Internet Archive/Open library or with pirating? Do you think technology is making more problems for writers or offering some of the best solutions?
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