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ERIC Number: EJ925993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-1
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0277
Ebook Sanity
Griffey, Jason
Library Journal, v135 n13 p25-26 Aug 2010
The author believes that publishers and authors will, in the digital age, benefit from freely sharing information, and that digital rights management (DRM) and other protection mechanisms are crazy. He has argued on behalf of libraries that ebooks and other digital content deserve the same First Sale rights that physical purchases have. But that expectation makes the author guilty of exactly the same category of mistakes for which he has called out publishers: confusing the digital world of information with the physical world of print. In this article, the author argues that the digital distribution model should not be confused with the existing print-based models. One needs to stop looking at the current, print-based models and seriously examine what the model for the distribution of digital information should be. He points out that people need to determine where the library fits in that ecosystem and put their efforts into making the licenses that they sign have obligations toward those ends.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A