Investigating ebook technology and other digital 'contents' for PDA, especially Pocket PC (...and iPod)
(updated April 4, 04)
multi formats one stop
shopping site, include non fiction and exclusive short fictions.
the best free ebook site in several
3. PeanutPress, award winning ebook store
for PDA, friendly DRM solutions.
eSummaries that deliver wisdom. Perfect for PDA users.
5. eBookAd, many indies label are here
Univ. of Virginia
Library, Free ebooks
7. FreeeLiterature dot com,
classics for free
8. Memoware, free documents from
ESSPC, great place to
start your collection (Free)
10.The Online Book Page,
from U.Penn. new
Recommended eBooks from my ebook shelf
(email me for 10%
Don't Know Much About History
Dirty Little Secrets
Killing The Buddha
The Get With the Program! Guide to Fast Food and Family Restaurants
Star Trek Series
Angels and Demons
Holly Bible NIV ed.
Da Vinci Code
Letters to Penthouse XIX
Letters to Penthouse XVIII
7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom
Against All Enemies
eBook Mail List/Newsgroup:
Pocket PC Links:
iPod Links: new
Pocket PC eBooks Watch - eBook and beyond
Copyright cartel still winning most of the time
By Dan Gillmor
As the war over ``intellectual property'' spreads to new legal fronts, the copyright cartel and its allies are winning most of the battles. Here and there, however, we can find glimmers of hope.
The courts have not been supplying much help so far. Judges mostly continue to ignore free speech and customers' rights as they uphold laws giving copyright holders -- especially the entertainment industry -- absolute control over digital information and the devices that can display or copy it.
This week, for example, a Russian company is going on trial in federal court in San Jose for selling software that let purchasers of Adobe Systems' ``eBook'' technology use what they've bought in unauthorized ways, such as making a backup copy. It's apparently the first criminal case stemming from the infamous 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which grossly tipped the balance of rights against customers in favor of copyright holders.
In a pre-trial ruling, U.S. District Judge Ronald M. Whyte has all but thumbed his nose at arguments that customers might have fair-use rights to go along with Adobe's copyright controls. Fair use has traditionally allowed customers to make personal copies and quote from copyrighted works to create new works.
As always, rather than selling what people want in ways they want it, the entertainment cartel continues to play hardball with its customers and would-be customers. These days, Hollywood and its music-industry cohorts are finding ways to get other people to do their dirty work.
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