Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Legal, but is it ethical?

From: AP McQuiddy (
Date: 23 Apr 2006

Well spoken, Charles.
  [This is my first Post on RARA-AVIS, after months of vicarious updates from at least one current member, and a couple weeks of Lurking -- I am a freelance journalist published since 1978, and have networked in the Publishing and Film industries since 1980. This included a fair stint writing about Collectibles of every stripe for an online magazine.]
  Charles eloquently described the dilemma posed for a Publisher when it comes to Public Domain writing, and while he is loathe to claim the mantle himself, I say he comes down on the side of the angels -- or the White side of the B&W argument.
  For fans -- esp the working-poor fans, like myself -- the dilemma is more grey.
  Do we deprive ourselves of reading a rare work of Art (or at least, Entertainment) that we would greatly like to experience?
  Or do we deprive the morally rightfull recipient of a couple shekels to satisfy our own desires to enjoy such art/entertainment?
  I have not researched the availability of the book in question over a long period (the best way to gauge it's true Rarity), but as of this day the only copies available for purchase online are of the Print-On-Demand version.
  Hopefully some other members of R-A *have* been looking keenly for this title and can thus judge it's Rarity more fairly.
  But if I were fan who simply wanted to read the darned thing, I'd only have one option.
  Is that fair to any and all parties? No.
  Is that Life As We Know It in our current economic predicament? Yes.
  You choose.
  Best an' all,
  AP McQuiddy

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