Re: the book and CD combination is an invitation to disaster for authors


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Posted by Maureen on October 31, 2002 at 15:10:49:

In reply to: the book and CD combination is an invitation to disaster for authors posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on October 31, 2002 at 14:13:32:

Well, it was a suggestion to use or decline. It is a packaging some
publishers are using successfuly.

Folks "can" steal and enfringe on the copyrights of most any design
book...hardback, spiral bound or ebook. A scanner makes that real
possible right at home. It is easy enough to scan pages, pieces of
pages etc., from books or even copy the entire page of the book.
Actually, it is the ebook thing I consider to be an author's
nightmare. As long as a person has downloaded the file to their
computer, they can copy and recopy and make as many copies as they
want until their file no longer exists. Of course a back up copy on
a floppy helps to prevent one from being without the file. Also,
whatever security a site has to protect someone from hacking in, one
can be sure that someone else will have found a way around that in
short order. Passwords get passed out and used by multiple folks all
for the price of one purchase and sometimes passwords and id
information is posted on message boards and forums to be used by
anyone. The ebook piece is what would give me pause in terms of risk
to being ripped off.

Lots of books...especially design and pattern books...are on CDs that
way...a book and companion design CD. I wonder how they are
protecting their property while making it a real handy and flexible
piece for artist?

Maureen

 


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