Originally Posted by KNI
Publishers are building up a huge reservoir of ill will among e-book readers, and sooner or later such policies are going to blow up in their faces.
Have you seen this happen? I don't. Actually I see the opposite:
Apple: you can't read stuff from your own device, can't add files to it from more than one PC. => Never mentioned in reviews, nobody complaining.
Gaming: Most popular titles switched to the model effectively destroying after-market. (account bound activations). => No consequences.
TV/Sat receivers encrypting recorded media so that it cannot be played on any other device. => No consequences.
HD+ (German invention): yet another round of "you can't do that", allowing TV Broadcasters to disable ANY recording functionality => Uhm, consequences?
EUCD (European version of US DMCA) "circumvention of copy protection is illegal" whether that falls under "fair use" or not. In other words, if in US you still can legally backup your stuff, in EU you would be breaking the law! It's 10 year old, consequences? There actually are consequences: look whom (and for what) Sony is suing in PS3 world.
When Blizzard dropped LAN support in Starcraft II, most users cried about evil pirates who would illegally play with pirated copies, forgetting that in Starcraft I you could _officially_ play LAN with up to three of your friends, having bought only one copy of the game.
People start to believe, that it's the way it should be. Copyright rights lasting 100 instead of 50? Well, that's fine, isn't it? Nokia, IBM and other companies, with multi-billion R&D budget get "copyright" on their findings for only 10-15 years, when singers/artists absolutely need to have it for 100 years, 50 wasn't motivating enough. It will be the same with libraries.