Charles Stross on ebook piracy and librarians

From a transcript of a talk between Paul Krugman and Charlie Stross, from WorldCon

“As for the intellectual property, I try not to get too worked up about it. There‚Äôs a lot of people angsting about piracy and copying of stuff on the Internet, publishers who are very, very worried about the whole idea of ebook piracy. I like to get a little bit of perspective on it by remembering that back before the Internet came along, we had a very special term for the people who buy a single copy of a book and then allow all their friends to read it for free. We called them librarians.” [thanks karl]

4 Responses to “Charles Stross on ebook piracy and librarians”

  1. Paul Biba Says:

    Couldn’t resist re-publishing this on TeleRead!

    Paul Biba
    Co-Editor
    TeleRead.org

  2. Sam Spade Says:

    Hi Jessamyn, please check your spelling of piracy in the headline, you are giving librarians a bad name :)

  3. Simon Spero Says:

    @samspade: It’s priapism.

  4. Jen Says:

    I was at that talk and my friend totally high-fived me when Stross said that.

    Their conversation as a whole was very informative; a great start to my first WorldCon.