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Old 03-05-2018, 08:26 PM   #26
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Unfortunately for Project Gutenberg, the principle pretty much already is widely accepted. Commercial ebook stores aren't allowed to compete with local license holders. Streaming video services aren't allowed to provide access to media except where it's been licensed. And now, Project Gutenberg is getting in trouble for putting stuff copyrighted in Germany up on the web where people from Germany can download it. It's become pretty much a fact of life now that the onus is on the provider of the media to make sure they're not providing it somewhere they're not supposed to. Trying to put the responsibility on the local rights holder to keep local users from downloading it is not really a realistic expectation on the modern Internet.

Ironically, this is basically the same reason that Amazon blundered so badly so many years ago, when it removed Orwell books customers had purchased from their Kindles. The Orwell books were in the public domain in the UK, but not in the US, so their sale in the US was illegal--so Amazon overreacted and got its fingers burned.
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