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.
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