What Rights Do You have on your Digital Books

Really interesting article in Electronic Frontier Foundation site. The article talks about various rights issues that the user should think about before buying a digital books.

Some of the issues covered by author

    Does it (your e-book reader/service/tool, etc.) protect your privacy?

    Does it tell you what it is doing?

    What happens to additions you make to books you buy, like annotations, highlights, commentary?

    Do you own the book or just rent or license it?

    Author points out the fact that when you buy these e-books you most of the time are just buying the license to the book

    Many readers expect that the same rules will apply to their e-book purchases. However, electronic books have often been treated as “licensed” content, subject to legal and technical restrictions (primarily, DRM) that block readers’ ability to resell, lend, or gift an e-book. More ominously, last year Kindle readers realized that their provider (Amazon) could actually reach down into their devices and pull books from their virtual shelves

    Is it burdened with digital rights management (“DRM”)?

    Does it promote access to knowledge?

    Does it foster or inhibit competition and innovation?

    Complete article here

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