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Submitted by tandt
Posted Nov 03 2011 06:37 AM
I work for a small UK book publisher and we want to sell eBooks soon, but are concerned about piracy - so are considering offering eBooks with DRM. O'Reilly offer DRM-free eBooks and I was interested to learn about their experience with illegal sharing, etc. and whether DRM-free is a sustainable model for eBooks?
Any thoughts much appreciated.
Alternative solution by arjonesiii
Posted Nov 03 2011 10:36 AM
Here's how Tim O'Reilly answers this question: http://www.forbes.co...teal-this.html. But you should also read Andrew Savikas (http://blogs.oreilly.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=drm-free&blog_id=40).
But just from a practicial perspective: Do you really think you can create unbreakable DRM, or afford the legal costs and time you'll incur going after pirates? And of course, once your DRM is broken--and it will be, nearly immediately if your content is something people want--your content will be available for free anyhow, and you will have inconvenienced your paying customers for nothing.
So...if you can't stop piracy with DRM, and you can't stop piracy through legal takedown notices, then the only reasonable alternative is to find ways to take advantage of piracy. Today's pirates may be tomorrow's customers, after all.