Originally Posted by jeffcobb
Interesting. To see what it was about I clicked on the link as suggested, went to my category of choice (epub->science fiction) and clicked on the top title (Something by Poul Andersen (sp)) and got this:
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The file is located at the following US location: http://down.4dots.com/27103/The
Burning Bridge - Poul Anderson.epub
So is this legal (not that I particularly care) or what? What is the legal status of stuff here (there)? I am in the US so it seems legal but whats the mention of Canadian laws for? Is this site hosted there? Is it the poster?
Still it seems like an interesting source, although it has nowhere near the scope of Gutenberg. Still, another source is another source...also, does that subsection have its own search engine? I mean epub is my current format of choice but if thats what I click on, that's all I see and if there is a novel I really like/want, I can easily convert the format. Case in point: Even though I have already read it, as a Browncoat (Firefly fan) the excellent free ebook by Steven Brust (My Kind Of Freedom) would not be in the epub section (think its only PDF, HTML and one other format) and would be something I would like to happen to find. This also leads to the question: can anyone submit/upload to that section?
MobileRead is located in Canada, hence the books located on our server are subject to Canadian copyright law (as the notice states). We also have a file server in the US, for those relatively small number of books which are in the public domain in the US, but not in Canada. The book you have found is such a book.
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