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Neuro-Linguistic Programming: why we say what we say

Many times we say things without thinking, being it by being used to do it, or just by repetition. In example, that sharing is not a crime, or that copying a CD or lending a book is the same as steal it.

Thanks to a link from Dave Winer, I arrive to Stowe Boyd’s blog,in wich he comments about the social role of books, and how restrictions applied to digital books cripple that role.

It is not necessary to get maniac nor blame the new electronic formats, because new systems (Digital Restriction Management) ain’t nothing more than effective application of a little paragraph which is printed in almost every book. It says more or less this:

It is totally forbidden any reproduction (electronic, chemical, mechanical, optical, recording or photocopied), distribution, public communication and transformation of any part of this publication, included the cover design, without previous written authorizationfrom the Publisher.

In one of the traditional books (paper) which I have bought lately, the next must be added to the prohibitionist note:

El escaneado, tele-carga y distribución de este libro mediante Internet o mediante cualquier otro medio sin el permiso del editor es ilegal y punible por ley. Por favor, compra solamente ediciones electrónicas autorizadas, y no participes en ni apoyes la piratería electrónica de material sujeto a copyright. Apreciamos tu apoyo a los derechos del autor.

It is truly a jolly fun, not to say pitiful and hypocrite, reading “you are forbidden to do anything without previous authorization from the publisher” and “we appreciate your support to the rights from the authors” in the same paragraph. And I did not got it wrong: rights TO THE author.

Although there are more silly examples yet.

All rights reserved. This book can not be reproduced, nor totally neither partially, neither recorded in, neither transmitted by, a system of information recovery, in any way or in any media, beig that mechanical, photo-chemical, electronic, magnetic, electro-optical, by photocopy or any other, without prior written notice from the publisher.

Having in mind that, as far as I know, human eye is a photo-chemical and electro-optical system (any doctor in the room?) which recovers and interprets information, the simple fact of reading a book after having bought it, could constitute a crime against intellectual property. Some lawyer in the room?

To lend a book has a social and a marketing function. When we lend a book, apart from lending our impressions and written notes, we are making a reccomendation: I like this book more than this other one. And for that, either we lend it, or either we mark (or publish in our blog/website) some lines we specially like, and this could end with someone buying a new copy.
But according to those notes which, presumably, are about to protect the writer’s work, the fact of lending a book which we liked to somebody, constitutes a crime against intellectual property… the publisher’s!!!

We must know what we say. We must think what we say in order to be able to say what we think. Speaking of DRM is remembering this kind of notes which, with a fawlty language, deprive the rights both from the author, ultimate responsible for the work, and from the reader, who paid for it.

It is because of this that free licenses are so important, because they allow the authors, not the publishers, play by their own rules.
Converting your readers into criminals is not the solution. If you do that, they will behave as such.

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  1. June 15, 2010 at 11:59 am

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