Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Get my lawyer

The NY Times wonders if the rise of e-readers is now bringing out the e-rats.

"Ursula K. Le Guin, the science fiction writer, was perusing the Web site Scribd last month when she came across digital copies of some books that seemed quite familiar to her. No wonder. She wrote them, including a free-for-the-taking copy of one of her most enduring novels, “The Left Hand of Darkness.”
The schools of thought are pretty straightforward here.
Cory Doctrow says obscurity is a bigger problem for writers than piracy
but Harlan Ellison has a different view.

"Nine years ago, Mr. Ellison sued Internet service providers for failing to stop a user from posting four of his stories to an online newsgroup. Since settling that suit, he has pursued more than 240 people who have posted his work to the Internet without permission. “If you put your hand in my pocket, you’ll drag back six inches of bloody stump,” he said."

Given Mr. Ellison's penchant for bringing suit, I'd just like to say that he's a beautiful man.

Posted by Dave

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