Thursday, December 30, 2010

Looking at the cloud from both sides now; Los Angeles Times, 12/28/10

Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times; Looking at the cloud from both sides now:

"I recognize that one can't "own" a Kindle book any more than one can own a cat. One can only "license" the book — on terms that are part of a 2,000-word user agreement. The agreement allows a licensee to keep a permanent copy of the book and view it an unlimited number of times. But it also encrusts every book with restrictions on what else can be done with it, including how many reading devices it can be installed on at a time.

These restrictions only proliferate. In a famous example, the terms of use of a digital version of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" included: "This book cannot be read aloud." The digital publisher also tried to limit how many pages of the text a user could print in a given time period. The author's copyright on "Alice," it should be noted, expired in 1907."

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