I think there are some gray areas in the area of piracy and intellectual property (rare out-of-print works; unofficial translations), but pirating just to save the few dollars that an ebook costs is definitely not one of them.
Pretty much everything that’s been copyrighted or patented has been copied. There are bootleg copies of Rolex watches, bootlegged and pirated movies, sharing of music with peer-to-peer sharing software, and eBook piracy. It’s the last one we’re concerned about. This week’s question was asked by Gregory S. Close.
That’s a tricky one. I mean, before ebooks were around how many times did you lend or were lent a book? We didn’t recognise it back then as piracy, but it amounts to the same thing — sharing a work you didn’t have the right to distribute. Of course, that’s small scale compared to how things are shared nowadays.
I came across one of my Kindle stories on a reading site the other day, actually…
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