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Finnish Direct Democracy Does Damage to Copyright Hawks
July 23, 2013 | 3:55 pm

copyrightI always knew that all that lobbyist-driven cranking up of copyright infringement penalties to ridiculous and indefensible heights would prove self-defeating and fuel its own backlash. Now, thanks to a recent direct democracy reform that allows citizens to kickstart legislation or law reform, Finnish citizens have voted to submit copyright revision proposals to parliament for debate and a vote. This doesn't mean that the Pirate Bay Party has set sail for Helsinki. Rather, the proposals, entitled "The Common Sense in Copyright Act," bring together a slew of measures, including removal of unfair clauses in recording deals, a wider scope of fair...

Happy International Day Against DRM!
May 3, 2013 | 3:05 pm

DRMHonestly, I hadn't even heard about this until I woke up this morning and checked my phone, but apparently today—that's Friday, May 3, 2013—is something of a holiday in the digital publishing community. It's the fifth annual International Day Against DRM. Huh. The organization behind the holiday—which in reality is more of an awareness-raising movement—is known as Defective by Design. As the DBD website explains, "We are a participatory and grassroots campaign exposing DRM-encumbered devices and media for what they really are: Defective by Design. We are working together to eliminate DRM as a threat to innovation in media, the privacy of...

Games Workshop, self-publishing author battle over ‘space marines’
February 9, 2013 | 1:19 pm

spots-marineSelf-publishing has a lot of advantages and just as many countervailing drawbacks. The biggest advantage is, of course, you get to be your own boss and can publish whatever you want to, without some publisher taking a cut of the money. But the dark side of this freedom is that it can leave you vulnerable if some big company with money and lawyers decides it doesn’t like what you’re doing. And even if their claims are completely outlandish, it will cost you money you don’t have—more money than your book will ever make—to fight them, and you don’t have any guarantee...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
December 2, 2012 | 10:50 am

Who's Tracking Your Reading Habits? An E-Book Buyer's Guide to Privacy, 2012 Edition (Electronic Frontier Foundation) Your Rights and Deadlines Under the Price Fixing Settlement (Dear Author) Nine Ideas for Making E-Books More Fun to Give as Presents (Slate) Kindle Daily Deal: The Bloodletter's Daughter by Linda Lafferty {and} On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer * * *        ...

Humble E-Book Bundle Raises $1.2 Million
October 25, 2012 | 12:35 pm

The Humble Indie E-Book Bundle’s sale period is over. It raised over $1.2 million on over 84,000 sales, with an average purchase price of $14.28—an altogether impressive amount. Participating author John Scalzi has a couple of post-mortem posts on his blog looking at the reasons for it. Scalzi sees the keys to the Humble E-Book Bundle’s success as being the Humble Bundle brand reputation based on past success, a well-curated bundle featuring titles with mass geek appeal, the absence of DRM, the charity involvement, its overall uniqueness, and the pay-what-you-want and limited-time-offer gimmicks. All these factors combined to make the bundle...

Latest Humble Bundle offers digital music – so why not e-books?
July 26, 2012 | 6:48 pm

jonathancoultonsgreatesthitI’ve covered the Humble Indie Bundles here before—bundles of independent computer games sold at a pay-what-you-want price, in support of the developers and charities (usually Child’s Play and the Electronic Frontier Foundation). I’ve discussed the potential relevance to e-books, but the Humble Bundle’s latest move has possibly even more relevance—they’ve made the jump from games to digital music. The latest Humble Bundle is the Humble Music Bundle, which includes albums from MC Frontalot, They Might Be Giants, Christopher Tin, Hitoshi Sakimoto, Jonathan Coulton, and, for beating the average donation ($7.87 at the time of this writing), OK Go....

EFF mostly satisfied over Amazon Silk privacy concerns
October 19, 2011 | 11:15 am

Following up to the privacy concerns about Amazon’s “Silk” browser, the EFF spoke with Amazon and asked some questions about privacy-related matters. The EFF’s Dan Auerbach reports coming away from the conversation mostly satisfied with Amazon’s measures, with only a couple of major privacy concerns remaining. Amazon explained that Silk does not intercept encrypted traffic—HTTPS browsing sessions go directly from the Kindle Fire to the website without passing through Amazon’s EC2 servers. As for logging of requests that do pass through EC2, Amazon explains it only logs the URL of the page, a timestamp, and a session-identification token. There...

File-sharing case prompts push for copyright reform
April 6, 2011 | 9:20 am

An article in The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses a recent file-sharing case in which Joel Tenenbaum was convicted of illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs.  His original verdict was an award of  $67,500 in damages to the music companies... a tenth what the jury voted to award the music companies, and an amount still under appeal by both sides. But for copyright-reform advocates, a lawsuit filed against Mr. Tenenbaum by the music industry has provided an instrument to sound alarms about a broader issue: how fear of enormous damages can chill innovation that involves even a minimal...

EFF reviews predictions for newspaper, book issues in 2010
December 26, 2010 | 4:17 pm

Over the last few days, the EFF has been looking back at predictions it made at the beginning of the year to see how they have played out. Most of these have relatively little to do with e-reading (though the one on hardware hacking does touch on it orthogonally with mention of the exemption created for jailbreaking iPhones), but one of them looks specifically at books and newspapers. At the beginning of the year, the EFF noted the increasing complaints of publishers and publishing magnates such as Rupert Murdoch about the effect the Internet was having on their bottom...

EFF releases 2010 E-Book Buyer’s Guide to E-Book Privacy
December 8, 2010 | 9:52 am

head_logo.gifFrom the Electronic Frontier Foundation's website: With the 2010 holidays upon us, it's time to update EFF's E-Book Buyer's Guide to E-Book Privacy, which summarizes and comments on the privacy-related policies of several e-readers. What's new. We've added in the iPad and also added in the software used by many libraries and devices for e-book access, made by Adobe called Adobe Content Server. Adobe doesn't keep a list of libraries that use their software, but it does have a list of supported devices. Remember that the list only tells you what information is available to Adobe, not what information may be made...

Lawrence Lessig responds to ASCAP campaign against Creative Commons
July 13, 2010 | 5:19 pm

ascap The Creative Commons licensing system has gone hand in hand with a lot of e-book-and e-writing-related news. For example, Cory Doctorow and others use it to give their e-books away for people to read for free while retaining rights to other uses, and Ficly (and its predecessor Ficlets) uses it to permit selected uses of reader-submitted content. (In fact, it is because Ficlets used that license that Ficly was able to rescue its predecessor’s archives.) Lately, ASCAP has launched a fundraising campaign painting Creative Commons (as well as Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation) as a threat...

The ‘Humble Indie Bundle’ and its implications for piracy
May 11, 2010 | 8:15 am

worldofgoo Taking advantage of the zero-marginal-cost nature of electronic media distribution, a group of independent computer game developers has teamed up to offer the “Humble Indie Bundle”, a bundle of five games (including the award-winning World of Goo) for Windows, Macintosh, or Linux as a set-your-own-price download. Purchasers can choose how much of their purchase contribution they want to go to the games’ developers and how much to go to the non-profits Child’s Play and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The default is to split it fifty-fifty, but if purchasers want it all to go to the developers, or...