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Google's Ebook Store To Use Failed DRM Strategy

from the really,-Google? dept

I've already expressed my concerns with the legal issues surrounding Google's book scanning settlement with various publishers and authors, but the news keeps getting worse. One of the few "good things" that many people pointed to in the settlement was that it would create something of a new "Ebook store" where you could purchase the digital versions of books. Except... not so much. Michael Scott points us to the news that you won't actually be able to purchase the books from that "bookstore." Instead, you'll only get to download a little bit at a time. You never get the full book at once, but bits and pieces -- while the rest remains on Google's servers. Thus... should Google ever change the program, you would lose access to what you had "bought." And, this isn't just an academic suggestion. Just three years ago, when Google launched its video hosting service, it included a similar DRM, which it ended up discontinuing. So, the legal details are troubling, and the technical details are troubling. What's actually good about Google's book agreement again?
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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2009 @ 12:32pm

    What's good about the agreement??? That would be nothing.

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    :Lobo Santo, 3 Mar 2009 @ 12:35pm

    Name a DRM...

    Name a DRM which has never been defeated; and I'll name one which was just created.

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2009 @ 12:36pm

    Angry Dude?

    Hey man, how come we haven't heard from your one-balled code-writing person??

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    Stuart, 3 Mar 2009 @ 1:35pm

    Seems true ...

    but I just can't ever really trust anything Mike writes. Its either true cause it proves his world view or twisted because the truth dose not prove his world view. 50/50

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      Mike (profile), 3 Mar 2009 @ 1:44pm

      Re: Seems true ...

      but I just can't ever really trust anything Mike writes. Its either true cause it proves his world view or twisted because the truth dose not prove his world view. 50/50

      This is a conversation. I link to the source materials, so you are free to go read through all the details you like -- and then I state my opinion. If you think I got something wrong, I'd appreciate you telling me. But no one is saying that you have to believe my opinion. If you disagree with me, I expect you to say so. That's how the conversation works.

      I can't respond to accusations claiming I twist stuff around when you don't provide an example.

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      some old guy, 3 Mar 2009 @ 2:33pm

      Re: Seems true ...

      but I just can't ever really trust anything Mike writes. Its either true cause it proves his world view or twisted because the truth dose not prove his world view. 50/50

      You seem to say that alot. Are you capable of saying anything else?

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    Grab, 3 Mar 2009 @ 1:48pm

    Mike twists things around

    I saw him using a twist-tie to reclose a loaf of bread! I am 99% sure he did the same with a package of hamburger buns last week.

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    • identicon
      Barg, 3 Mar 2009 @ 4:58pm

      Re: Mike twists things around

      Twist-ties for bread? How 1920s. Someone, please get Mike a Traco SS-18DS Deluxe Super Sealer Shrink Wrap Machine System W/Heat Gun.

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2009 @ 2:16pm

    Google DRM

    I would of never expected google to use DRM. Lost some respect for them

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      Killer_Tofu (profile), 4 Mar 2009 @ 7:18am

      Re: Google DRM

      I have been losing respect for them a lot over the last half year to year.
      They keep making lots of decisions these days that do not represent the public's interest.
      They are starting to fall in line with Microsoft in bending over and taking it in the rear from the copyright folks.

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    zcat, 3 Mar 2009 @ 3:16pm

    expect?

    I would expect google to do whatever is best for their bottom line. "Don't be evil" only goes so far. RMS has the best advice here; never buy DRM-restricted media unless you already know how to circumvent it. And always choose the same content on non-restricted media if you're given the option

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    Old Geezer, 3 Mar 2009 @ 6:36pm

    Print is always better

    So, what exactly are you paying for and how much would it cost compared to the same material in print? In order to be feasible, the electronic version needs to be greatly discounted due to the reduced value.

    I like having the book on a shelf, it's there when I need it. I can correct errors and make notes in it and if I do not need it anymore, I can sell it.

    The whole electronic book thing seems a bit like a product in search of a market - and here's the scary part, when the market does not magically appear they will try to shove it down your throat.

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      Trevlac, 3 Mar 2009 @ 7:28pm

      Re: Print is always better

      Out of everything I've read in this conversation so far nothing made me rage harder that seeing that you write in books.

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, 3 Mar 2009 @ 7:02pm

    Need a New Motto

    Like I said before, Google need a new motto. Instead of “Don’t Be Evil”, it should be “Don’t Be Bloody Stupid”.

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    Nick (profile), 4 Mar 2009 @ 12:01am

    The other parts of this program that are alarming are that the settlement grants Google the exclusive rights to sell access to orphaned works in this ebook format and that these terms were negotiated in secrecy. You can check out my post here.

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    Tom, 4 Mar 2009 @ 8:38am

    Who needs google books

    Who needs google books anyway? Check out this cool site that has recentlyh gone up. It is in the works (beta), but offer a great alternative to google!!! I found that it works best with firefox. http://www.kirtasbooks.com

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    Free Ebooks, 15 Apr 2009 @ 7:18pm

    It's really too bad. I expected more of Google. Should I sell my stocks?

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