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The problem is that it's likely current public libraries are under used. If you push this as solution, it has to scale to the whole population.

Another problem is that public libraries are already labelled as thieves by authors those days so if you scale up it will get worse intellectual property lobbying wise.

by Laurent GUERBY on Thu Jun 14th, 2007 at 06:43:15 AM EST
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Another problem is that public libraries are already labelled as thieves by authors those days

Any author that makes that argument instantly loses my respect.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 14th, 2007 at 06:44:36 AM EST
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After the DMCA was passed in the US there was a big push in Europe and in France on this topic, a trace here from an author who denounced the editor's request to sign a letter refusing free book lending in public libraries:

http://www.freescape.eu.org/biblio/article.php3?id_article=92


Mourir plus vite
Mis en ligne le jeudi 9 mars 2000.

Nos éditeurs nous sollicitent avec insistance pour signer une lettre, dont les auteurs ne sont pas à l'initiative : refuser le prêt de nos livres en bibliothèques tant que n'est pas instauré leur prêt payant.
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Refuser le prêt de nos livres en bibliothèque, mais quel ridicule : juste comme vouloir mourir plus vite.

by Laurent GUERBY on Thu Jun 14th, 2007 at 05:48:45 PM EST
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