Just recently, we wrote a review of the book Copycats
, and it appears there's already another book (a copy?) coming out that is also talking about copying -- but in a different context. Glyn Moody
points us to the news that there a new book, by Marcus Boon, called In Praise of Copying
, and to live up to that spirit, Harvard University Press is offering a free PDF download of the book (though, I just tried it and it wouldn't download for me). They've also placed the book under a Creative Commons license, but I'm somewhat disappointed to discover that the specific license
is not only non-commercial, but also they've put a "no derivatives" limit on it. That's a bit shameful, honestly. One of the reasons why copying is so prevalent and so important, is the ability for others to build on the work and do more with it. It's too bad that a license like this actually takes away from the book in question, and makes me question the overall premise.