People: Why aren’t ebooks DRM free?

Because DRM, while flawed, is better than the current offered alternative, which is *no* money.

All books get pirated now. An author recently talked about how ONE torrent had 10x more downloads than book sales. And in a study of book pirates, most are affluent.

There is a pervasive culture of entitlement it writers’ free labor and you can’t be trusted because you are bad comrades.

That’s why.

I am not saying capitalism is good. Communism, if implemented, is obviously better.

But in reality, capitalism proposes to feed me *today* and leftists do not. 😬

Anyway: pay writers.

@some_qualia "labor is entitled to all that it creates" is nearly teh opposite of capitalism

pay writers

@vegetablegremlin Yeah, I'm just like... annoyance at DRM is nearly never accompanied by looking into non-profit publishers or proposals for mutual aid or communist versions of Patreon or anything like that. It's nearly all just something complaining about how inconvenient it is to have something, anything at all, in place to pay authors and other publishing workers.

@vegetablegremlin And I'm just really frustrated at this point because it's an industry with pervasive poverty wages.


The European Commission paid €360,000 (about $428,000) for a study on how piracy impacts the sales of copyrighted music, books, video games, and movies. But the EU never shared the report—possibly because it determined that there is no evidence that piracy is a major problem.

The Dutch firm Ecory was commissioned to research the impact of piracy for several months, eventually submitting a 304-page report to the EU in May 2015. The report concluded that: “In general, the results do not show robust statistical evidence of displacement of sales by online copyright infringements. That does not necessarily mean that piracy has no effect but only that the statistical analysis does not prove with sufficient reliability that there is an effect.”

@greenjon Like, seriously, publishing runs on absolute poverty wages. Authors make an average of 20k. Agents, editors, everybody but 1-2 people make sub-minimum and works more than 40.

And this is not a problem because you weren't gonna pay anyway, but you're gonna consume?

Fuck off and die.

@greenjon And take "left wing" out of your profile if you think "I was never gonna support you anyway, so it's okay if I exploit your labor" is anything but capitalism at its most entitled.

@some_qualia it's almost like we need a new business model or something

@lupine that new business model is gonna involve you voluntarily paying more, hon. But if you think what's gonna happen is you exploit labor and blame "the system," nah.

@some_qualia well, charitable models aren't going to move the vast majority of people. We need some way of successfully extracting money out of people thay isn't reliable on completely ineffective technology.

I like pay-to-produce models, personally, but there are lots of options
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