Issola Spoilers vs. Orca Spoilers

Wed Mar 12 08:11:34 PST 2003

> > 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.
>I don't see what's better about buying a used book from a store than
>getting a photocopy from someone.

If I may interject, the problem with a photocopy is that the person who made 
the copy still retains the original and can continue to make more copies.

If he sells you his copy, the author has already profited from the initial 
sale -- the new seller is merely recouping some of his investment by having 
you, effectively, refund him for part of his original sale.  If, on the 
other hand, he makes 50 copies, that's 49 editions on the market that the 
author hasn't been compensated for, and which are competing with legitimate 
copies of the work.  It it's an out-of-print title, this may not matter 
much, but even then there is always the possibility that the title will be 
reprinting, in which case such copies diminish the market for them.

That said, there's never been a serious problem with photocopy piracy 
because of the expense and time involved in physically photocopying a work.  
Digital media, on the other hand, are rediculously easy to copy.  A single 
copy can be multiplied indefinitely, as can all of the copies of copies of 
copies, and so forth.  This can quickly lead to a devaluation of the work 
and a loss of revenue to the publisher and the author.

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