Illegally Digitized Stories
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Books can be expensive, and for some people that justifies finding eTexts free online. However, as pointed out in your story, there are domains where people can find legally distributed online resources. Unfortunately, there are not many popular titles that people are aware of that are on public domains, which leads to illegally downloading eBooks. In doing so, the authors and all other contributers are cheated for the amount of time and work they put into composing the product. Sadly, it is hard to gather and stop all illegally digitized texts from being shared, especially with all the websites available for these people to distribute them.
I agree that people who use illegally digitized texts definitely lose a lot of the quality and structure of the legally shared versions. It takes away from the reading and understanding. For instance, certain writers format their pieces in a specific way to convey a particular meaning or image, especially in poetry. By accessing the text illegally, the meaning may be compromised, losing its original composition and value.
This made me think of this NPR article from a couple months back:
What are the implications of people stealing others' self-published work and then profiting off them for the alleged author? For the real author? For the reader? This is a problem that will likely persist since it seems really difficult to police!
I really like the simplified format of your storify right now; maybe it's because it's not finished or whatever, but I think it speaks to what storify is for - to highlight the links you find and guide the reader through them. As for the topic, I think it's an interesting question of public domain and copyright - who really owns the rights of a book after it's published? The author signs over the rights to the publisher, but they still have a say in it. I think the idea of a book being leaked illegally is interesting since it's so common with movies and music now, and with this new technology it makes it possible.
Reading and finding works on online may imply losing the quality and artistic structure of the origin of the work. Once the work is digitized, it implies everyone gets an access to read it because everyone can share their data through internet. Also, once a work is digitized, it is really hard to tell who owns the rights of copyright. It is one of the downfall about online sources and maybe you could provide the way to protect to their right of copyright and turns its downfall to its strength, not like in a professional solution but some suggestion and your ideas which might help to protect its quality and appreciate one's artistic structure.
I think the idea people have been bringing up about finding pirated works online brings up a great point about the damage to artistic integrity. It also links, in a way, to Ling's storify about the use of online materials to create and dispense literature. In both cases I wonder about the way format changes the way the work is perceived by the reader, and whether something is lost in the experience. I guess in this sense I'm interested in the way authors react to their work being pirated online. Are there ever instances where this is used as a gimmick to encourage sales? Have their ever been any really damaging effects to profit/ the integrity of the work?
I found your topic interesting, particularly because, I admit, for this class I downloaded what I am pretty sure is an illegal copy of Here Comes Everybody by Shirkby. I you have a number of good links, and raise some good factual questions. In addition to that, I think including a clearer suggestion of what your opinion is about the implications of this issue would really flesh out your storify. Something interesting to consider is a comparison between visual art like painting and literature. It seems one can put an image of a painting online and it is not half as big of deal as if one were to put a work of literature. Though literature is greater in scope, paintings also convey intangible ideas, but those ideas appear to be more strictly tied to the medium. So, is the medium of the printed book really worth anything, or is it just a soon to be antiquated habit?
Really interesting topic, really good links. Following on Oliver's comment, I'd be interested in seeing you develop some thoughts about the similarities/differences between "piracy" of books and "piracy" of music, art, movies, and other creative content. You might come at this either from the perspective of the content itself or from the perspective of the consumer. Questions I know I'd like some answers to: (1) Would people just as soon pay a modest sum — perhaps up to $4.99 — for a book as download it illegally (on the model of Apple's original $.99 pricing for the iTunes store), because the modest investment ensures quality and retrievability on multiple devices while making the consumer feel good about supporting the writer? (2) Will the impossibility of stopping book "piracy" altogether ultimately change the way authors think about ownership of their content?
I would have to say that your storify is one of the most appropriately written of the bunch. The entire structure of the article is concise and quickly gets from one point to the next without any meaning lost. The only problem I see is that you build the article up to what I would hope to be an opinion or idea but we're only left with questions. Not that that's a bad thing, I guess I was just expecting more of what your take on the situation is.