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    Los Angeles, CA - Last week a website called "library.nu" disappeared. A coalition of international scholarly publishers accused the site of piracy and convinced a judge in Munich to shut it down. Library.nu (formerly Gigapedia) had offered, if the reports are to be believed, between 400,000 and a million digital books for free.

    And not just any books - not romance novels or the latest best-sellers - but scholarly books: textbooks, secondary treatises, obscure monographs, biographical analyses, technical manuals, collections of cutting-edge research in engineering, mathematics, biology, social science and humanities.

    The texts ranged from so-called "orphan works" (out-of-print, but still copyrighted) to recent issues; from poorly scanned to expertly ripped; from English to German to French to Spanish to Russian, with the occasional Japanese or Chinese text. It was a remarkable effort of collective connoisseurship. Even the pornography was scholarly: guidebooks and scholarly books about the pornography industry. For a criminal underground site to be mercifully free of pornography must alone count as a triumph of civilisation.

    To the publishing industry, this event was a victory in the campaign to bring the unruly internet under some much-needed discipline. To many other people - namely the users of the site - it was met with anger, sadness and fatalism. But who were these sad criminals, these barbarians at the gates ready to bring our information economy to its knees?

    They are students and scholars, from every corner of the planet...

     http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/02/2012227143813304790.html 

    Thu, Mar 29, 2012  Permanent link

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    BenRayfield     Thu, Mar 29, 2012  Permanent link
    sonicport+techfolder     Thu, Mar 29, 2012  Permanent link
    According to this the books will reappear in Findon in 1734MB nanotyme.
    gamma     Fri, Mar 30, 2012  Permanent link
    According to this the books will reappear in Findon in 1734MB nanotyme.

    What?
    nagash     Mon, Apr 2, 2012  Permanent link
    Information wants to be free, and it inevitably will, as soon as those in DENIAL get old and die...
     
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