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[News] Amazon Lies to 'Sell' DRM-Laden Books (Licence to Hire/Read)

  • Subject: [News] Amazon Lies to 'Sell' DRM-Laden Books (Licence to Hire/Read)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 13:22:38 +0000
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Even Amazon can't keep its EULA story straight

,----[ Quote ]
| It's such a silly notion that even Amazon can't 
| keep its story straight. Take this press-release 
| in which Amazon trumpets that its "customers 
| purchased more Kindle books than physical 
| books." Purchased, not "licensed." 



David Pogue tries DRM-free ebooks, sells more books than with DRM-crippled ventures

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| Tech writing superstar David Pogue writes
| about his experiment with DRM-free ebook
| publishing. He concludes that even though his
| DRM-free book was pirated all over the net,
| the sales were as high as he expected them to
| be, based on his previous books' sales. Pogue
| goes on to talk about what he's learned here
| -- that DRM-free isn't necessarily bad for
| sales -- and invites other publishers to try
| it out.


The Right of Publicity Takes a Hit

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| The first controversy involves the portrayal of
| Michele Obama in a line of lesser celebrities â
| Oprah Winfrey, Tyra Banks, and Carrie Underwood
| â with the headline, âFur-free and Fabulous.â
| Michele Obama did not appear physically in the
| line to be photographed (she was photo-shopped
| into the lineup), but the ad is based on the
| truthful statement that not only in the image,
| but also more generally, she does not wear furs.
| Although public opinion seems to vary about
| whether it is ethical or tasteful for PETA to
| use her image without her consent, nobody seems
| to dispute that the First Amendment would
| protect PETAâs right to use the photo without
| her consent, even though it effectively
| aligns her with PETAâs policy positions and,
| indeed, with PETA itself.


A look at Apple's love for DRM and consumer lock-ins

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| Apple makes great productsâyou'll get no
| argument from us. But Apple also likes
| keeping tight control over those products,
| and if anyone outside of Apple's blessed
| circle attempts to get in, the company is
| more than willing to try to use (or abuse)
| the law to its advantage.


What is DRM doing in my garage?

,----[ Quote ]
| My new garage door opener comes with both DRM
| and a DMCA warning: don't even think about
| using a third-party remote. But didn't a
| federal court already say this sort of
| behavior was illegal years ago?


Apple & Audiobook Firms Insist On DRM

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| Yes, Apple. The company that at one point
| claimed DRM was bad and should be ditched,
| and convinced the record labels to ditch DRM.
| Yet, as we've noted in the past, outside of
| music, Apple is still a huge DRM supporter.

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