My intention was to get the rest of the. . .junk. . .off the floor of my office and into its proper place, be it another room, or the trash can.
Didn’t get there. Instead, I filled out some more forms, did some laundry, put all the 99 cent electronic books back up to $2.99 and the $2.99 book back up to $4.99, was cranky in silence about outstanding emails to Various that haven’t been answered yet and it would really be nice if any one of these three things would get resolved, argh, and will shortly go off and do the dishes before sitting on the sofa and starting to read Necessity’s Child.
Well, at least the taxes are done.
I guess I’ll move “clean up office” over to tomorrow’s to-do list.
One of the things I’ve been thinking about off and on is the responses to the issues of copyright and piracy. A couple commenters mentioned — sapiently — that publishers are shooting themselves in both feet by operating under the default assumption that their customers — or at least the greater number of their customers — would rather steal a copy of a book than buy a legitimate copy. And so we have DRM, and boneheaded proposals like SOPA.
One idea put forth was that publishers should ally themselves with their customers to fight piracy. This sounds like exactly what should happen, but — I’m having a hard time envisioning how that would work.
Does anybody have a Plan, a Vision, an Idea about what this collaboration would look like?