Eric Flint on DRM and Copyright

No DRMAs one of the loyal minions, it occurs to me that some of you may not be aware that Eric's semi-monthly editors column at Jim Baen's Universe is free and open to read without a subscription. 

 Therefore, I think it might be appropriate to post links to those essays here, since Eric "blogs" on Baen's Bar and in his Universe editorial column rather than on his web site, leaving most of the content here to his crew of minions.  There are two sets of columns "Salvos Against Big Brother" – which is Eric's take on the long-running copyright and drm debate, and "The Editor's Page." 

 I'm including links to both below.

 So, without further ado, the links to Eric's columns at JBU: 

Salvos Against Big Brother

Eric Editor Photo

The Editor's Page.  Eric Flint on the subject of Science Fiction

  • June 2006 From: Vol 1 Num 1: June 2006  What is the role of short fiction in F & SF and why does it matter?
  • August 2006 From: Vol 1 Num 2: August 2006 My original plans for this issue's "The Editor's Page" got swept aside last month by the death of Jim Baen, the man who launched the magazine and whose name is—and will remain—on the masthead.
  • October 2006   From: Vol 1 Num 3: October 2006  Jim Baen, the founder of this magazine, died three months ago. Between that and the fact that we've now had enough initial experience with Universe to have a much better sense of the prospects for the magazine than we did when we launched it at the end of last year, I think it would be appropriate for me to use this issue's Editor's Page to let our readers know what our current plans are. 
  • December 2006  From: Vol 1 Num 4: Dec 2006  Since our third issue came out a few weeks ago, we've expanded our staff by adding two new people.

Mike Resnick took over "The Editor's Page" beginning with the February issue. 

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6 Responses to Eric Flint on DRM and Copyright

  1. Kinney says:

    You might want to link to the new Grantville Gazette site. It is amazingly hard to find a link (there are none here, at Baen, or on Wikipedia). Just a helpful hint. I will get there eventually.

  2. Marcel Popescu says:

    “Lies and More Lies” is *not* available for free. I find it really weird that I’m the first person to point that out.

  3. Jeff Ehlers says:

    A perfect example of how smart companies do the “try before you buy” thing is GameStop. Now, admittedly, they don’t do it for new games, because they can’t repackage used games and resell them at the new price. But any used game they sell comes with a 7 day “no questions asked” return policy. Meaning someone can “buy” it, play it for several days, and then keep or return the game based on that experience.

    A few days ago, I asked one of the employees there how often he’d seen a customer return a used copy of a game and then buy it again to take advantage of their policy. His response was that aside from people returning the _used_ copy to buy a _new_ copy, he’d never seen it. Now, I bet it occasionally happens sometimes, especially since GameStop is a national corporation, but I suspect that it’s few and far between.

    It just goes to show that Eric Flint knows exactly what he’s talking about with his essays on copyright infringement. That in reality, it’s not going to be as big of a problem as the “solution” would cause.

  4. Eric Tank says:

    I just attempted to use these articles as sources for a college paper, and the Baen’s Universe site name has expired, rendering the articles inaccessible. Are they stored elsewhere? If not, they SHOULD be – I read some of them a couple of years ago (which is what brought me here to try to use them as sources for a paper on DRM!), and thought they were really good!

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  6. I also just came across this page of links to your great articles. Seems that is down (again??).

    Can you look into getting these articles live again on the web. I have read most of them and find that they eloquently state the DRM issue.

    I have regularly sent links of these articles to various Publishers to help support the idea of no DRM.

    If anything DRM has gotten worse since 2007 in some circles.

    A couple of “eMagazine” sellers currently only support Windows 8 (5% market share) with their reader apps. And their wonder why sales are low.

    I love to point out to Publishers and Sellers (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, et al) that they are shooting themselves in the foot with the reading restrictions they place on their buyers.

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