Originally Posted by Michele
Sorry, that freaked me out. I've never had a post picked up and discussed elsewhere, and I misinterpreted his hostile tone on first reading.
'S cool now.
It is a scary concept, though. It turns out that yes, converting copy-protected books into other formats is possibly illegal. Apparently, you can't even count on a fair-use defense (I was talking to a lawyer involved in the RIAA music-sharing cases, and he said there's been no determination of whether turning a CD you own into an MP3, for personal consumption, is legal or not - and that doesn't even involve the evil DMCA!).
But yeah, David is just hostile towards the law that makes it illegal to do things like that (and even illegal to discuss them, as we're doing! At least in the US...)
But don't let it scare you too much. It's impossible to truly enforce, and I've been discussing format conversion for a while now, including LIT files. If you want to keep converting them, you might check out vvv's BookDesigner 4.0, since it creates LRF files (the Reader's native file type). It's harder to use than ABCLit, but has many more options.
(There's my thread about this here