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DRM: Why Fair Use Works
Posted on Monday, August 20 @ 04:29:33 PDT by T

Fair Use, far from being evil "piracy", helps authors and publishers, argues Eric Flint.

Last time I posited that, reading between the lines, Eric Flint viewed copyright infringement as a valid marketing opportunity. In Part Eight of his ongoing series castigating DRM, he firmly nails his colours to the mast.

"Piracy", or Fair Use, is an inevitable, acceptable, and even desirable cost of doing business, for an author. Without it, an author's works are doomed to obscurity. Allowing Fair Use allows people to spread the word. Not sure if you'll like a new author? Here, read this copy for free. If you didn't like it, then at least you weren't ripped off to the tune of nigh-on twenty quid. If you do like it, you're probably likely to buy a copy. That, in a nutshell, is Flint's argument about "spillage". It costs him some money, to be sure, but it guarantees a better income than draconian restrictions against any unauthorised form of distribution would.



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