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Old 03-05-2018, 11:53 AM   #20
fjtorres
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Originally Posted by DuckieTigger View Post

But if that is what you believe in, then I am surprised you are not asking for PG to block all access to every country in the EU just in case. That is what you want, right?
They can block everybody except the US to avoid all risk and the cost of compliance.
Gutenberg isn't obligated to serve anybody; it is strictly a paying-it-forward volunteer operation hosted by an American University.

Ridding themselves of free riders makes plenty of sense if the alternative is more grief like this. (And there will be more. There's quite a few PD 50's-60's books, SF and others, from the old 28 year regime that failed to renew that are PD in the US and are commercial at other locations.)

There is a slippery slope principle at play: If enough countries seek to apply local law globally the result will be a balkanized internet. Which quite a few governments (China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, among many others) would welcome.

What I wonder is how many german readers actually downloaded those books.
And how much money Holtzbrink spent attacking Gutenberg.
Seems like a pretty low return on investment.

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