"The Internet is 31 years old, and in those three short decades the
virtual world we’ve come to depend on has slowly eroded the idea of
private ownership—literally, your right to call your belongings your
own. Things you used to buy just once, such as your own private copies
of software like Photoshop or Word, your privately owned vinyl discs and
CDs, or movies on VHS—have increasingly begun to come through dispensing
services you pay for every month, from vendors like Adobe, Netflix,
Hulu, and Spotify. And you’ll never stop paying.
That rentier mentality is now reaching into the world of books. As
Schultz elaborated: “For each physical book that a library owns, it can
lend it out to whomever it chooses for as long as it wants and the
copyright owner has no say in how such lending happens. But here,
because digital technology is involved, the publishers are asserting
that they can control how/when/where/why libraries lend out digital
copies… In other words, they want to change the rules in their favor and
take away one of the most cherished and valuable contributions that
libraries make to society—allowing members of the public to read for
free from the library’s collection.”"
Via Robert Berger, Dewayne Hendricks and Dave Farber.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics