Will we ever be able to own digital things like ebooks or are we doomed to have companies suddenly not support what we paid to use?
- Anonymous1 year ago
Eventually. The protections currently in place exist thanks to rampant piracy. Go to any torrent site and you'll find millions of copies of ebooks are downloaded regularly. This is especially painful for authors, who are generally not paid very well. If and when the piracy problem is eliminated, then the protections will no longer be necessary.
As usual, a few sociopaths who believe they're entitled to steal whatever they want have caused huge problems for the rest of us.
- MsBittnerLv 71 year ago
And from the authors' perspectives, the digital book is easily stolen and given away for free at pirate sites. Getting your work removed from all such sites is like playing Wack-a-Mole. My books were never big sellers, but they're widely available without me seeing a penny.
When you buy a digital book, you presently get the lowest level of software to read it for free; you can download a program or app that lets you read on your PC, tablet/notebook, or phone. You don't have to buy a Kindle. If you keep another device functioning with such software, even if it becomes obsolete it will still be able to read those books.
The hard facts of business is that no business is too large to fail. Those lifetime warranties are for the lifetime of the company, nothing more.
- 1 year ago
What have we learned Dorthy?
That companies are not trustworthy.
That limited liability law means they can promise you forever and still go out of business.
At least you just lost your erotica collection and not your pension.
- 1 year ago
Probably not, unless the greedy sociopaths who run the big tech companies decide they can extract more money from us by selling stuff instead of licensing it. Either that, or we convince the government to pass a law that says if a company wants to stop selling or licensing something, they're not allowed to interfere with the ability of people who've already paid for it to carry on using it. I'll leave it up to you as to which of those is more likely...
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- 1 year ago
What are you talking about? We own what we own. If we need someone else's technology to use or access something that we own, then we should pay for that service. If you don't like that, there's always regular print books ---- or do you think bookcases should be given for free as well?