Originally Posted by basschick
the problem is that by doing that, the protesters are also harming the author.
That's true but at the same time you gotta be cruel to be kind. The author is the one who is in a much better position than you or I to voice their displeasure at how difficult the publishers are making it for the consumers.
Right now there is no more effective way for us to be heard. Emailing or writing to the publishers is a waste of time. I'm speaking especially as a non-US consumer where the problem is much worse.
Still, I'm hopeful that these restrictions will be sorted out over the course of this year but it wont happen without pressure.