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’s 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 comments for “Charles Stross on ebook piracy and librarians

  1. 12Aug09 at 9:27

    Couldn’t resist re-publishing this on TeleRead!

    Paul Biba

  2. Sam Spade
    12Aug09 at 11:40

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

  3. 12Aug09 at 2:12

    @samspade: It’s priapism.

  4. Jen
    21Aug09 at 11:31

    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.

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