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Old 01-12-2008, 08:36 PM   #1
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DRM Silliness

Well, I was browsing at Fictionwise.com today, and a publishing company has a Haggard book with DRM. Now, this has been out of copyright for years. And is available for free at Project Gutenburg, among other places.

I'm just wondering if the marketing genius that made this decision has his head up his nether regions, or whether (s)he is of the opinion that the rest of the world does.

Sheesh.
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Old 01-12-2008, 09:14 PM   #2
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You forget that that also includes the all important English-English translation. English-English translators are hard to find. Also, they charge a lot.
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Old 01-13-2008, 04:33 AM   #3
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No different from the fact that all Sony's "classics" have DRM. It is a bit daft, I agree.
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Old 01-13-2008, 04:48 AM   #4
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Could it be that some aspects of the book are in copyright (introduction, illustrations etc.) ?
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Old 01-13-2008, 04:54 AM   #5
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To the best of my knowledge, ANY commercially-published classic, even when derived from a public domain source, is a copyrighted work, regardless of whether the publisher has added anything to it (as you say, they generally do add introductions and things like that). I could claim a copyright on the Dickens books I've posted here if I wanted to (which I don't).
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Old 01-13-2008, 12:06 PM   #6
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I don't think that's correct Harry. I've purchased 4 public domain ebooks (because that was the only way to find a copy). Don't worry, I haven't posted any here. No copyright was claimed on the source material, just on the introduction and any extras that the publisher added.
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Old 01-13-2008, 12:07 PM   #7
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To the best of my knowledge, ANY commercially-published classic, even when derived from a public domain source, is a copyrighted work, regardless of whether the publisher has added anything to it (as you say, they generally do add introductions and things like that). I could claim a copyright on the Dickens books I've posted here if I wanted to (which I don't).
Which illustrates the flaw in copyrighting. If an original work has fallen out of copyright and some publisher comes along and slaps on a foreword or adds some illustrations in a re-issue - post-copyright - it should not be considered 'copyrighted'.

And then we have the idiotic mess commonly called DRM... Gives one pause to wonder whether we've really 'progressed' this past century.

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I bought a DRM'd copy of Rudyard Kipling's "Kim" a few weeks ago, on the grounds that it had an introduction and academic notes. Wasn't till I'd got it that I discovered that there were no links between the note numbers in the text and the actual notes at the end of the book, which makes them completely useless unless you're very patient...
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Old 01-13-2008, 04:36 PM   #9
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To the best of my knowledge, ANY commercially-published classic, even when derived from a public domain source, is a copyrighted work, regardless of whether the publisher has added anything to it (as you say, they generally do add introductions and things like that). I could claim a copyright on the Dickens books I've posted here if I wanted to (which I don't).
I believe what you refer to is a "compilation copyright". The underlying text may be in the public domain, but the particular volume issued by that publisher is not.
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