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Old 02-14-2007, 02:17 AM   #1
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E-Book Author Complains About Unauthorized Physical Copies

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Old 02-14-2007, 06:48 AM   #2
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Unfortunately, it doesn't look like Godin's complaint carries much water, since he chose a Creative Commons license for this book that allowed for this kind of reproduction. So, not only is the physical copy legitimate, it appears that this is what's supposed to happen when someone puts this kind of license on a book. If an author is not interested in making money, but in spreading their ideas around, then it makes sense to allow third parties to print up copies of the book, and recoup their costs.
This is sad, but also funny. It gives the whole p-book vs. e-book discussion a new twist.
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Ya ... if he wants to restrict redistribution in book ... ok, I think the thing he wants to restrict is someone making money out of it *and* he don't get a cut of it in the meantime.

In which case, then he should not put it in the Creative Commons. It's kinda like certain FOSS software. It is ok for certain licenses to package such software and sell it as long as the source is bundled or is available on request etc.

Not sure what licensing scheme is available to do what he wants though.
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Old 02-14-2007, 08:48 AM   #4
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Man, that's pretty low to print/sell something like this w/o the author getting a cut. At least with most illicit copies of ebooks out there, they are freely availble and not sold, so no one is profiting from it (though, theoretically the author looses money on potential purchasers).
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Old 02-14-2007, 09:21 AM   #5
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I wonder if there's a version of the Creative Commons licensing that prevents this, or at least requires that anyone selling a physical book also provides instructions on how to get the free e-book.
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Creative Commons Non-Commercial
"The licensor permits others to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work. In return, licencees may not use the work for commercial purposes -- unless they get the licensor's permission."
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Creative Commons Non-Commercial
"The licensor permits others to copy, distribute, display, and perform the work. In return, licencees may not use the work for commercial purposes -- unless they get the licensor's permission."
But did he originally pick the Non-Commercial variant?
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if i understand it right, probably not.
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