Pirates are upon us! They’re assailing us with their dastardly ways, their electronic disseminations, their digital altruisms. Quickly, assemble the attorneys and dispatch them to litigate the readership!
That quivering lip is corporate book publishing wondering what to do next about file sharing, bit torrents and the stealthy denizens of the Pirate Bay.
Digital book piracy has made it to the pages of the New York Times and it seems that the hand wringing is about to begin in earnest about how to deal with digital books leaked to the web.
Kassia Kroszer lends her sensibility to the argument with this post on the issue at her Booksquare blog. She notes while Ursula Le Guin and her publisher are dismayed to find digital versions of her book the Left Hand of Darkness on file sharing sites that it may actually indicate that there’s an unserved market for her work in this format and not an opportunity for panic.
Cory Doctorow closes the NYT article by saying, “I really feel like my problem isn’t piracy,” Mr. Doctorow said. “It’s obscurity.”
The waters are churning.