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Old 09-29-2012, 06:08 PM   #49
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Originally Posted by speakingtohe View Post
Asssuming you are referring to content distributed with DRM, ebooks, Music and video DVDs etc. as not being accessible on any device in the near or far future, I find it a bit unlikely.

Ebooks in particular as they are generally distributed in more than one format including paper.
Books published by large publishers are generally distributed in paper. Self-published books and small publishers are, these days, often not published in any physical form; if the publisher chooses to use DRM when distributing, those may effectively vanish from our cultural history in a handful of years.

With most works, I grant this is not much loss, except to historians and anthropologists who'll want to use that info to track trends. However, in the long run, the torrent networks may be the best cultural repositories we have for early 21st century texts. Libraries, after all, don't have a way to carry most ebooks at all.
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