Originally Posted by Nate the great
Does Mobipocket actually have such rights? If such rights are available, then why didn't Sony acquire them? Are they mentally deficient?
One would assume that Mobi has them, since they are distributing internationally, and not getting sued.
Think it through for a bit, Nate the great:
The rights are negotiated
, usually from the publisher and/or other distributors, I suppose.
Sony's mental acuity, or lack thereof, likely has less to do with it than with whether those who hold the international distribution rights are at liberty to negotiate them (as they may not be if they were, say, locked into some sort of exclusive contract or some such), and their willingness
to negotiate an agreement with Sony
Further complicating the matter is that the distribution rights will be held by multiple (potentially a big multiple) entities.
It's a simple concept, yes, but like so many legal things, the execution is ... not so simple.
Please note that I have no detailed knowledge of the actual processes involved, so that's mostly guesswork -- considered guesswork, but still guesswork.