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Morning Coffee – 30 August 2019

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Barry Marks August 30, 2019 um 2:23 pm

"The Internet Archive continues to spin its ongoing copyright infringement as "controlled digital lending"."

It’s perfectly valid to look at what Internet Archive is doing as copyright infringement but most people disagree. If I recall even the courts haven’t agreed with this yet. But you’re always referring to them in this way and to me it’s you who is doing the spinning.

It would seem to me that in a blog you would want to give your point of view but when you keep trying to push it as news, over and over and over, you cease to be convincing and it begins to come across as harping.

It is your blog and there’s no reason you can’t spin and harp if that’s what you want to do. If it was my blog and I believed what you believe, I’d present my arguments in an editorial and present news as news.


Darryl September 1, 2019 um 4:08 am

I too find your moralising on this one a little irksome. Controlled digital lending is a concept developed by lawyers and published openly for anyone to read, including Publishers. I too have my doubts about their argument. But they are carrying out their actions openly. If they are sued and the concept is found to be invalid, they will suffer the consequences.

Which would be a shame, because controlled digital lending is an example of what the copyright law should be if it implemented a fair and equitable balance of rights, as opposed to being the result of many years of ad hoc lobbying by "rights holders".

Erin September 11, 2019 um 11:04 am

I’m glad Audible is being agreeable about the concerns about the caption feature they are rolling out. They are conceding without legal battle with the Big 5, but for indies and small press publishers, it is still not good news.

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