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May 14, 2009

My problem isn't piracy

Harlan Ellison takes a hard line on protecting his intellectual property: "If you put your hand in my pocket,” he said, “you’ll drag back six inches of bloody stump.”

Fair dues. Though I tend toward Cory Doctorow's line of thinking on the subject.

Cory Doctorow offers free e-versions of his books when they’re published, believing that “free versions, even unauthorized ones, entice new readers.” He explained: “I really feel like my problem isn’t piracy. It’s obscurity.”

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 14, 2009 08:10 AM


I'm sorry. This is confusing. Does Mr. Ellison mean that if I put my hand in his pocket, he will amputate my arm 6 inches from the shoulder joint? That seems excessive, given the nature of the offence. I would have thought a cut somewhere in the region of the wrist or lower forearm would convey his disapproval more than adequately.

Posted by: Occam's Carbuncle [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 14, 2009 03:42 PM