I want to state a little alternative point of view concerning future copyright and book business.
Warning: all reasonings concern only books. But who knows, perhaps musicians and cinema-men cook with writers in one boiler.
Couple of determinations
- Copyright: the right of the author to call the book of the. My statement would be an example of its violation, as if I wrote the book "Ten Little Niggers".
- Copyright: right or its absence to copying and distribution of work. In the Russian legislation it is called "allied rights".
- Piracy: attack on the sea or river craft for the purpose of a taking someone else's property made using violence or with threat of its application.
- DRM: set of technical means which in imagination of their creators will not allow anybody without permission to copy a certain protected information.
- Content: so often call a product of intense thinking of the author, extract of its nightmares and secret dreams.
Resistance is senseless
Creation of such DRM system which it would not turn out cannot be broken, bypassed, hacked in principle. In general in any way, such is physical reality of this Universe. Creation of absolute dictatorship by Orwell's example can only be an exception. Somehow so:
It is possible to construct any abstruse multistage monitoring systems. But until there is a need for simpler access to content, DRM will break. Thus, the feedback system turns out: during the toughening and complication of methods of protection of content access to content becomes complicated and slowed down that conducts to bigger discontent of consumers and stimulates DRM bypass.
So many authors should understand what a magic button "to force people to pay" does not exist and they should reconcile to the fact that times change.
About the future
— If you do not buy our disks, we will die, and authors will have nothing to eat!
— We do not buy thirty years your disks. When you die?
Professional writers who live at the expense of the books often say that they will replace soon a profession because will not be able to support themselves and the families any more. They say that nobody will write books any more. And it is simply remarkable! However, writers most likely look at such reaction here so:
I sincerely hope to find those times when in a year there are only ten of new books.
When I come into bookstore now, I am depressed by infinite series of boring thrilling detective stories, tons of snotty-pink novels and fenteziyny subject clones in the section of a fantasy. Who in general needs all this waste paper? Me of course nobody forces it to buy. But the fact of use of a large amount of paper for production of a low-standard hogwash by a pipeline method …
During writing existence the mankind managed to create a huge number of remarkable texts. To read everything ever the published books there will not be enough life.
In it there is nothing bad if around the world remains only heels of professional authors and their paper books will cost several hundred euro apiece. I agree to pay even 500 if it is the book which can be removed a year later from the shelf and feverishly to read from cover to cover, having found there again something new to itself. Just paper editions will become Roleks of the future. Books again, as once long ago, will begin to buy that "to throw a show off". Or to tell many thanks to the author.
There is an argument, as if at such succession of events only graphomaniacs will begin to write and qualitative literature will cease to exist. It, sorry, nonsense. Nature abhors a vacuum. Graphomaniacs will not cease to write, geniuses will not cease to be born. Will be less writing in free time, and it is good.
Technical literature is a subject separate. It very quickly becomes outdated and it has a limited audience. But existence of O'Reilly publishing house confirms that no special problems in this area will arise.
The old world once again goes to pieces, from it new is born. At this process prishibt someone. So was always and will be will repeat in the future. So relax and derive pleasure: the future comes now.
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