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morlockelloi on Tue, 12 Jan 2016 23:07:44 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> aaaaarg lawsuit digest #ANON

This reminds of sentiments of small software publishers in the 90s (but 
they used to express themselves in more colorful ways.) Ease of copying 
killed the cottage software industry (only the big 5 survived), and it's 
only now slightly recovering due to proprietary appstore/device platforms.

Publishing books/texts is somewhat similar, except for the fact that the 
final product runs on any human, not just the two proprietary device 
platforms, so it's much easier to propagate. The end game for small 
publishers (no lawyer budget) is bleak - the money comes from two 
categories: readers who prefer paper, and readers who really, really 
want to pay. The upside is that there is the paper option, which 
software publishers never had.

>I've got a new little book about Hillary Clinton and it's already up on
>aaaaarg, or however many fucking a's it requires. I'm a writer and I
>hope to get paid for my work. It's how I pay my bills. "Small authors"
>aren't exactly thriving and this isn't helping. So fuck this piratic

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