When discussing the topic of Copyrights & Ebook Publishing, you must first understand the basic definitions of a copyright and an Ebook. Copyright has been defined as "...laws that regulate the use of the work of a creator, such as an artist or author." (Miller) While an Ebook is basically just an electronic version of a printed book that can be downloaded. Ebook’s allow the user to carry several of their favorite books on a device rather than having to carry around a bunch of books. Throughout our wiki we will discuss the ways to prevent piracy of an ebook, advantages and disadvantages of publishing an ebook, e-readers, and relavant court cases.
Ebook’s seem to be making a great technological advancement to book reading, but they do have been a major concern for copyright infringements due to the ease of being pirated. Along with music, videos, and software, Ebooks are among the top for being illegally downloaded.
When researching Ebooks, one of the first things that come up is ways to download Ebooks for free. A screenshot of my browser is taken below to convey this better:
To protect Ebooks from theft, several steps need to be taken by these authors. The first would be to look in to Ebook anti-theft software. While doing research, I found that there is “...new software is now available that not only protects your pdf ebook files from website thieves and mavens, but also places them with an ID number in a data base specifically for keeping electronic files under lock and key.” (Alder) The most popular anti-theft software for Ebooks is called product padlock. This video should give you a better sense of the software and what it does:
The next step that should be taken is to make sure that your book has an ISBN number. ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number, which is a unique numerical ten digit book identifier. You should also register your ebooks with the U.S. Library of Congress Office of Copyright Registration. The fee is only $35.00 versus $45.00 for paper and postal registration.
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2. Burton, Elizabeth. April 19 2010 <http://www.teleread.org/2009/06/01/e-book-publishers-and-writers-vs-the-isbn-gouge-restraint-of-trade-for-small-pubs/>.
3. Miller, Eric. 19 April 2010 <http://graphicdesign.about.com/od/legalglossary/g/copyright.htm>.
4. Search Mobile Computing. 18 April 2010 <http://searchmobilecomputing.techtarget.com/definition/eBook>
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