A comment on a previous post:
The perfect example of what you're talking about was what happened to William Bright last month. Bright digitally shrunk the maps of the New York and San Francisco subway systems and made them available online so that commuters could download them for free onto their iPods.Both BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and MTA (Metro Transit Authority) demanded that he remove their maps from the Internet. They're claiming copyright infringement. Now, how the devil is this poor little guy hurting BART and MTA? He was doing a service for commuters that--at present--neither transit authority offered. It was one of the silliest things I'd ever heard.
So, the blogger took the novel and typed it onto her blog so readers could download it for free onto their coputers. Random House demanded the blogger remove the novel from the internet. They're claiming copyright infringement. Now how the devil is that poor little blogger hurting Random House? She was doing a service for readers that -at present- Random House doesn't offer.
Does it sound silly now?