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Old 10-13-2009, 05:46 PM   #1
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Can I give ebooks away that I own?

I have been reading free ebooks from this site since I got my reader which must be nearly 2years ago. I just brought The Lost Symbol - By Dan Brown which cost nearly fourteen pounds. I feel that I have been robbed, silly really, as I get to read the book which is the objective.

Am I allowed to pass on the ebook when I have read it? I would normally do this with a normal book. What do I own? And If i can share it how many times. If I could give the book away after I'm done with it.


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Old 10-13-2009, 08:30 PM   #2
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This is almost certainly against the terms of service when you bought it. And the DRM may make this difficult.
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Old 10-21-2009, 10:26 AM   #3
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I don't think that here in the UK you are supposed to pass round paperbacks, either. Make your own decision Kevin! We miss out over here on the free books by Sony etc. When will they become more of the norm over here?
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Old 02-27-2010, 06:41 PM   #4
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England? I have no idea. In the US here is how it goes.

Legally. YES Legally NO

Your allowed to pass the book but your not allowed to defeat the DRM to do it.

See the catch?

If there is no DRM or Protection (on the ORIGINAL you bought) then lawfully as long as you do not KEEP a copy yes you may give it away to another person. You can even SELL it to them if you want.

Under no conditions (except with permission license or PD) are you allowed to SHARE it ie put it only make multiple copies to give away etc..
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:34 PM   #5
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DRM is a bitch. Piracy is not giving a book to a friend. Piracy is making a business of ripping off other folks' work. Neil
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:09 PM   #6
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Oh and lets not forget IT IS NOT THEFT.

Its copyright infringement. WRONG yes THEFT no.

DRM on the other hand IS THEFT.
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