Tulon wrote:Disclaimer: the above is my personal opinion which doesn't have anything to do with site administration or other users.
While the big players are heavily engaged in legal engineering, developing rights management systems contrary to the inherently copy-able nature of bits, and ignoring the needs of the disabled, individuals can ensure their own access to materials and the access of others simply by building or buying their own digitizing hardware and using it. The very fact that a variety of open source scanner designs are freely available exerts pressure on these big players to improve, which benefits all of us.
For the second time in history, book technology is undergoing a major change. Movable metal type has given way to malleable digital bits. This sweeping change profoundly affects all of us and so urgently begs for our participation. Leaving the
future of books in the hands of a few corporate interests is irresponsible when a clear means of influencing the outcome of this transformation is at hand. To influence the future of digital books, we must take part in creating them ourselves, starting with the books we already have."
StevePoling wrote:Could the new GOP congress overturn DMCA now?
Anonymous wrote:It's risky, though, as Russia now has the right to browse through your hard drives in the airport
Anonymous wrote:But with the US's paranoia on security, I wouldn't be amazed that in a few years laws will be made to restrict or ban things like scanning books...
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