April 27, 2000
Microsoft and Xerox team up

Microsoft and Xerox team up on digital rights. The rights of copyright holders to move all content to a subscription-based model, of course. I will not buy a single electronic book unless I am guaranteed the right to resell or give my ownership to someone else without having to inform the copyright owner. I don't want to have to worry about whether I'm entitled to loan a friend a copy of a great book. The market is still wide open for a digital protection scheme that actually respects the rights of the users of copyrighted works as well as the creators. I fully respect the desire of artists to get paid for their work, but I expect to be able to buy a copy of their work, not lease it, or rent it.

Posted by Bill Stilwell at April 27, 2000 12:00 AM
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