Bit Torrent helps to take away artists rights, by making their work widely available without cost or constraint, often against their will and desire.
Dammit! You damn freetards out there! Why the hell am I suddenly so popular? My work was never distributed via a major publisher, so why.. WHY.. is everyone wanting to know about me?!!? I wanted to remain obscure and irrelevant!
In the US, you have to actually be driving the vehicle. I can be fall-down drunk, get in my car, start the engine, and just sit there with it in park. As long as I don't shift into reverse or drive, then I'm not driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence.
Glad I'm not in the UK, though. I don't think that would stick there as they would say you're still in charge of the vehicle, much like a pilot is still in charge of his aircraft even if it's on auto-pilot.
we fought extremely hard to get more ebook options...
That's the problem. The Art Institute did not allow any options. It was mandatory.
You may want to read the article again, but here's the relevant paragraph:
"Plaintiff had taught the course for more than a decade without the use of an officially published textbook. Plaintiff had never previously designated a textbook for the course because, in the rapidly and ever-evolving field of digital animation, which increasingly relied on cutting-edge technical developments in the larger field of computers and computer science, no published textbook adequately addressed the subject matter of the course. Available published textbooks often suffered from a lack of comprehensive teaching of the subject matter; a failure to remain relevant, containing out-of-date materials, techniques, or approaches, due to rapid and continuous developments in the field; or a failure to provide practical and/or theoretical educational content that would adequately prepare students for careers in the field. Thus, in plaintiff's professional and academic opinion, none of the available published textbooks for the course were productive, useful, or appropriate for the students."
I graduated from John Jay back in 1984. I'm glad the technology wasn't around then or I'd be in the same situation as Andrea is. (I would have either microwaved the ID card, or left it at home, or left it in my locker.)
John Jay are the Mustangs. You don't track Mustangs.
Unfortunately, the NISD only sees $$$$$$, so to hell with student privacy. Almost makes me wish I still lived over by Jay. I just hope the Comal district I live in now does't try this crap.
Since Borders went out of business, the only big store I know of now is Barnes and Noble. B&N is also overpriced on most everything, so how long they can last against Amazon or other online only sellers, who knows?
I also buy more hardcovers than I used to, but not because I prefer them more. The price of hardcovers has actually come down while paperback's have gone way up (for new books)
I can still go to Amazon and shop the used books and get most for $.01 (but don't forget the ridiculously high shipping charge.)
As for the ebooks, I still have not gotten an ebook reader, and I probably won't. I like holding a real book and not being restricted as to who I can let read it after I'm done. After all, it's really easy to just hand over a physical book for someone else to read after I'm done with it.