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Old 11-04-2010, 07:59 PM   #1
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Okay, maybe this is stretching what's kosher but occasionally I see books offered from Nook for free. Obviously, drm might be involved but that aside (if you folks can put that aside), since it is free and can be downloaded and I "purchase" - would converting to kindle format be really tacky, tawdry, and totally immoral and maybe illegal???
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:36 PM   #2
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Illegal? Depends on your jurisdiction. Probably.

Immoral? Not IMO. You bought (more or less, in this case) the book, so you should be able to read it.

YMMV.
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:11 PM   #3
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If it is a public domain book, or the publisher has chosen not to charge for it (e.g. for promo purposes), it ought to be available in a format that your reader can use.

If it's a new book that B&N offers for free for promotional purposes, and it's not made freely available through another vendor, then yes it is illegal to break the DRM and put it onto another device. In these situations, simply because someone (either the publisher, author or store) offers it for free, that does not mean they have surrendered all copyrights. E.g. you can't redistribute it, you can't resell it, you can't make a movie out of it... and you can't (legally) break the DRM either.
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:16 AM   #4
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I have no problem with you putting the books you own on the devices you own so you can read them.
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Old 11-05-2010, 03:18 PM   #5
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Do you ask for legal advice ?
If so you may answer it yourself.
(Usually they don't allow you to do so.)

Do you ask for real life advice ?
Well, go ahead use your tools as you had "paid" for the stuff.
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Old 11-06-2010, 03:34 AM   #6
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If it is a public domain book, or the publisher has chosen not to charge for it (e.g. for promo purposes), it ought to be available in a format that your reader can use.

If it's a new book that B&N offers for free for promotional purposes, and it's not made freely available through another vendor, then yes it is illegal to break the DRM and put it onto another device. In these situations, simply because someone (either the publisher, author or store) offers it for free, that does not mean they have surrendered all copyrights. E.g. you can't redistribute it, you can't resell it, you can't make a movie out of it... and you can't (legally) break the DRM either.
In my opinion there's a lot of opinion passing as fact in the post above. Do you have any authoritative legal opinions or case law to back up your statements?

In any case, as I was chastised for writing in another post, once upon a time it was illegal to teach slaves to read. So illegal does not equal immoral.

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