New Doctorow Article

Cory Doctorow posted on his BoingBoing blog today a message that said he’d written a new article for the Guardian (web link below).

Here’s the world’s shortest, fairest, and simplest licence agreement: “Don’t violate copyright law.” If I had my way, every digital download from the music in the iTunes and Amazon MP3 store, to the ebooks for the Kindle and Sony Reader, to the games for your Xbox, would bear this – and only this – as its licence agreement.

“Don’t violate copyright law” has a lot going for it, but the best thing about it is what it signals to the purchaser, namely: “You are not about to get screwed.”

Actually the closest I’ve seen came on a card in the box for an old style iPod Shuffle I bought four years ago. It said simply “Don’t steal music.”

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