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From: Jason Self
Subject: www/philosophy philosophy.html the-danger-of-eb...
Date: Thu, 07 Jul 2011 04:54:43 +0000

CVSROOT:        /web/www
Module name:    www
Changes by:     Jason Self <jxself>     11/07/07 04:54:43

Modified files:
        philosophy     : philosophy.html 
Added files:
        philosophy     : the-danger-of-ebooks.html 

Log message:
        Adding new philosophy article from RMS, RT # 697619


Index: philosophy.html
RCS file: /web/www/www/philosophy/philosophy.html,v
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--- philosophy.html     8 May 2011 17:52:53 -0000       1.328
+++ philosophy.html     7 Jul 2011 04:54:05 -0000       1.329
@@ -15,6 +15,7 @@
 <p>Hot off the presses, here are the latest published articles on free
 software and the GNU project.</p>
+  <li><a href="/philosophy/the-dangers-of-ebooks.html">The Dangers of 
   <li><a href="/philosophy/practical.html">The advantages of free 
   <li><a href="/philosophy/assigning-copyright.html">When a Company
       Asks For Your Copyright</a></li>
@@ -135,7 +136,7 @@
 <!-- timestamp start -->
-$Date: 2011/05/08 17:52:53 $
+$Date: 2011/07/07 04:54:05 $
 <!-- timestamp end -->

Index: the-danger-of-ebooks.html
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--- /dev/null   1 Jan 1970 00:00:00 -0000
+++ the-danger-of-ebooks.html   7 Jul 2011 04:54:05 -0000       1.1
@@ -0,0 +1,159 @@
+<!-- Parent-Version: $Revision: 1.1 $ -->
+<!-- This is the template document for GNU web pages.  We use
+     server side includes (#include) for common elements, for
+     instance, the very first line of the file.  If you're reading
+     this in its expanded form, you can retrieve the original source,
+     with the SSI statements intact, from
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+<!--#include virtual="/server/header.html" -->
+<title>The Danger of E-Books
+- GNU Project - Free Software Foundation</title>
+<!--#include virtual="/server/banner.html" -->
+<h2>The Danger of E-Books</h2>
+<p>In an age where business dominates our governments and writes our laws, 
+every technological advance offers business an opportunity to impose new 
+restrictions on the public. Technologies that could have empowered us are 
+used to chain us instead.</p>
+<p>With printed books,</p>
+<li>You can buy one with cash, anonymously.</li>
+<li>Then you own it.</li>
+<li>You are not required to sign a license that restricts your use of it.</li>
+<li>The format is known, and no proprietary technology is needed to read the 
+<li>You can give, lend or sell the book to another.</li>
+<li>You can, physically, scan and copy the book, and it's sometimes lawful 
+under copyright.</li>
+<li>Nobody has the power to destroy your book.</li>
+<p>Contrast that with Amazon e-books (fairly typical):
+<li>Amazon requires users to identify themselves to get an e-book.</li>
+<li>In some countries, Amazon says the user does not own the e-book.</li>
+<li>Amazon requires the user to accept a restrictive license on use of the 
+<li>The format is secret, and only proprietary user-restricting software can 
+read it at all.
+<li>An ersatz "lending" is allowed for some books, for a limited time, but 
+only by specifying by name another user of the same system. No giving or 
+<li>To copy the e-book is impossible due to 
+<a href="/philosophy/right-to-read.html">Digital Restrictions Management</a> 
+in the player and prohibited by the license, which is more restrictive than 
+copyright law.</li>
+<li>Amazon can remotely delete the e-book using a back door. It used this 
+back door in 2009 to delete thousands of copies of George Orwell's 1984.</li>
+<p>Even one of these infringements makes e-books a step backward from 
+printed books. We must reject e-books until they respect our freedom.</p>
+<p>The e-book companies say denying our traditional freedoms is necessary to 
+continue to pay authors. The current copyright system does a lousy job of 
+that; it is much better suited to supporting those companies. We can support 
+authors better in other ways that don't require curtailing our freedom, and 
+even legalize sharing. Two methods I've suggested are:</p>
+<li>To distribute tax funds to authors based on the cube root of each 
+author's popularity. See 
+<a href="http://stallman.org/articles/internet-sharing-license.en.html";>
+<li>To design players so users can send authors anonymous voluntary 
+<p>E-books need not attack our freedom, but they will if companies get to 
+decide. It's up to us to stop them. The fight has already started.</p>
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+<p>Copyright &copy; 2011 Richard Stallman</p>
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+Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License</a>.</p>
+<!-- timestamp start -->
+$Date: 2011/07/07 04:54:05 $
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+<li><a href="/philosophy/the-danger-of-ebooks.html">English</a>&nbsp;[en]</li>

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