by Mike Masnick
Wed, Dec 15th 2010 10:12pm
Jay Roberts points us to an increasingly common occurrence that we've been seeing lately. Rather than flipping out and going ballistic over file sharing, software engineer and author (of a book on iPhone game development) Steffen Itterheim discovered (as he expected) that his book was available on file sharing networks, but rather than freak out, he just posted a nice letter saying he totally understood why people were file sharing, and then asked politely for people who wanted to support his work to buy a copy of the book -- and provided easy links for them to do so. While I'm not convinced this strategy is as sustainable as focusing on giving people real scarce reasons to buy, it's still nice to see more folks not reacting in angry ways that tend to only make the problem worse.
If you liked this post, you may also be interested in...
- First Look At UK Piracy Alert System: Mostly Benign, Except ISPs Are Requesting Filesharing Software Be Removed By Clients
- Court Stays FTC's LabMD Injunction; No Deterrent In Punishing A Company It Helped Kill
- Gene Kelly's Widow Claims Copyright In Interviews Done By Gene Kelly, Sues Over Academic Book
- Techdirt Reading List: Free Books From Verso (Mostly)
- Angolans Turning Zero-Rated Wikipedia, Facebook Into Ad Hoc File Sharing Services