[OT]Re: Books...

Fawzi Mohamed fmohamed at mac.com
Sun May 11 02:19:55 PDT 2008

On 2008-05-10 23:14:03 +0200, Walter Bright <newshound1 at digitalmars.com> said:

> darrylb wrote:
>> What would really be more interesting, at least as far as I see it,
>> is some mention of how you would know if you had been stolen from.
>> Otherwise, saying anything like that is as hollow as saying, oh,
>> 'Each copy that was purchased was not stolen'. Well, duh. But without
>> something like that, all you are really saying here is, is that you
>> have no idea how much of your stuff is stolen from you. Fair enough
>> if that works for you, but I wouldn't try to claim that every user of
>> your stuff is honest, just based on the fact that all of your paying
>> users paid you. :P
> I've never encountered indications of widespread illegal copying of it.
>>> They're still copyrighted, though <g>.
>> So, you aren't concerned about people stealing from you on one level,
>> but you are on another? :)
> If you treat people with respect and honor, they'll respond in kind.
> I've bought products where the maker treats me like a criminal. It 
> always leaves me with a sour taste and a poor impression of that 
> company. I don't believe that bodes well for the long term success of 
> it.

I completely agree with your approach, the thing is that the best way 
to fight against piracy is to compete with it, and offer a compelling 

Most people understand and agree with the idea of paying for the work 
of others, draconian security make the life of those that pay (and that 
you want to keep) worse, without (normally) really making the life of 
pirates much more difficult, in the worst case they could make the 
pirated content even more attractive that your own.

Still I think that some measure, so that the step to pirated content 
must be made fully consciously, can be very effective.

The thing is that psychologically if it is too easy to get the pirated 
version people have the tendency of doing it saying to themselves that 
the author does not care about it.
So I find some measure to make it clear that you care about it (even 
indirectly like the "this book was prepared for xxxx) ok.


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