Against Monopoly

defending the right to innovate

Monopoly corrupts. Absolute monopoly corrupts absolutely.

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Is DRM the Right Business Model?

A nice essay by author Eric Flint on DRM. Flint is affiliated with Baen Press; Baen is a science fiction publishing house that has been a pioneer in selling e-books, and has always offered them free of DRM. (I count myself among their satisfied customers; I've probably spent as much money on Baen e-books the last five years as on paper books.) To Flint's essay I will simply add: I have from time to time been curious as to whether anyone bothers to "share" Baen unencrypted e-books over peer-to-peer networks. The only ones I've ever found are books from the "free lending library" which are the books you are encouraged to redistribute over peer-to-peer.


Here's a couple of apposite links regarding books:

Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution, by Tim O'Reilly (some of the comments are quite good too)

The 3 Biggest Flaws In The Current Publishing Business Model, by Jeremy James (A fiction writer 'interested in alternative business models in publishing that don't rely on copyright, and how networks, digital culture, and ideas interact to change our experience and enjoyment of the world.')

Fantastic, I have been meaning to read 1633 for a while.
While it isn't about books, here is an interesting article about music. Amie Street is a new music site that hopes to compete with established sites like itunes. What it does different, and unique, is that it starts out giving away songs and as they increase in popularity, they slowly raise prices. Best of all, all the music is DRM free.

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