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Old Yesterday, 02:42 PM   #16
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Wow. To even ask how this is cheating authors is mind boggling.
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Removing DRM, despite what USA laws say, is legal in many countries and NOTHING at all to do with Copyright violation. Copyright violation is giving away OR charging for content that has a copyright with out paying the agreed royalty to the copyright owner. (bought or licensed, the licence terms are not even legal in some countries and IRRELEVANT to copyright.)

If someone buys the books in electronic format and then passes them to someone else AND destroys all copies that they have, then there is no copyright violation. That has already been established. Passing on the books and keeping back-up or archive copies or right to re-download from the Cloud is copyright violation, like photocopying or cutting off the spine, using industrial sheet feeder and scanner and making PDF (OCR or not). Google is one of the biggest copyright violators in the world doing that and encourage others to violate copyright by accepting PDF uploads on the Google Books.

Certainly if you buy an eBook from Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Apple iTunes, Kobo or Amazon you can't pass on a copy because you STILL have a copy in the booksellers cloud. You have to "gift it" at point of sale (not all sellers), then it's not in your "Cloud Library".

The Cloud Libraries system is dishonest as it takes away right to transfer (as gift or sale) because copyright violations are created. The so called "licence conditions" for sales of electronic media are dishonest and in some countries actually illegal because it's not made clear at time of sale and dishonouring normal copyright. Like "regional settings", the USA DMCA (illegal in many countries) and DRM it's about control and corporate greed, not actually about Copyright.

The only valid copyright enforcement is to sue those that violate copyright. Not adding licences or technology that remove the rights of consumers of copyrighted works. Also copyright eventually expires. Most DRM does not.
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What ebook seller sells ebooks without you being able to download again later to a different device on the same account? Very few?

So leaving copyright books on an ereader is cheating the copyright holder unless you have absolutely no access to downloading them again and keep no copy. Even then you must delete all your copies. This has been proven in UK law for software even where the seller has tried to foist a restrictive licence. You can even give away or sell software in many countries as long as the next user is the ONLY one with access. Copyright is thus preserved. No backups or cloud library.
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