Issola Spoilers vs. Orca Spoilers

Tue Mar 11 19:35:21 PST 2003

On Tue, Mar 11, 2003 at 06:57:15PM -0800, Philip Hart <philiph at SLAC.Stanford.EDU> wrote:
> On Tue, 11 Mar 2003, Matthew Hunter wrote:
> > On Tue, Mar 11, 2003 at 06:26:17PM -0800, Philip Hart <philiph at SLAC.Stanford.EDU> wrote:
> > > On Tue, 11 Mar 2003 Gaertk at aol.com wrote:
> > > > _Brokedown Palace_.  Note that BP is currently out of print,
> > > > and that none of the other Dragaera books bother to mention
> > > > that it's part of the series, making it very likely that
> > > > people new to Brust discussions will not have read it yet.
> > > While it's probably morally dubious to buy SKZB's work in such
> > > a way that he doesn't benefit, those wishing to participate
> > > in the typically unspoilered occasional _BP_ discussion but who
> > > don't have a copy can currently find 19 at half.com and then
> > > get a new edition when it comes out...  No doubt the welcome-
> > > to-the-list message should mention this book if it doesn't already.
> > Doctrine of first sale covers this, folks.  It's hardly immoral
> > to buy a used book; the author got his cut when it was first
> > sold.
> I don't have an informed opinion on this subject, but my brother's a
> composer, and I don't get music free off the web.  I certainly buy
> many of my books used and might well download them free - it's not
> clear to me what's different about that though.

"Getting music free" is not the same thing as buying a used book.
The appropriate analogy for getting free music would be getting a 
free photocopy someone made from a book at one point.  

Downloading a book for free would be in most cases wrong -- 
sometimes publishers have set up that sort of thing, and of 
course some are out of copyright.

Matthew Hunter (matthew at infodancer.org)
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