How do we want our works protected on the Internet?

Dept of CommerceThe government wants to know…

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From the PDF on this page…

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force is conducting a comprehensive review of the relationship between the availability and protection of online copyrighted works and innovation in the Internet economy.

The Department, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) seek public comment from all interested stakeholders, including rights holders, Internet service providers, and consumers on the challenges of protecting copyrighted works online and the relationship between copyright law and innovation in the Internet economy.

After analyzing the comments submitted in response to this Notice, the Internet Policy Task Force intends to issue a report that will contribute to the Administration’s domestic policy and international engagement in the area of online copyright protection and innovation.

DATES: Comments are due on or before November 19, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties are encouraged to file comments electronically by e-mail to copyrightnoi-


  • Do you care if your work is sold by a pirate site?
  • What’s more important? That you are read or that you are paid for what people read? And is it really an either/or question?
  • Is your work being pirated and if so, what steps have you taken to address this?

I haven’t been affected by Internet piracy… yet, that I know of. So honestly, I don’t know what I’d do… I do think that impacting the lives of my readers is more important than getting paid… Hence all this blog writing.

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  • This is a concern and yes, I do want my work read, but I also want an income from the hours I spend writing. It shouldn’t be an either / or situation. If publishers ( not authors they get little enough as it is) can let themselves take less of the pie for ebooks ( their costs are considerably lower, after all), then the prices could be low enough that people aren’t so tempted to steal.

    It’s one thing for others to share stuff they’ve purchased for free, but what I find really immoral is pirating artists works in order to sell it for your own profit. That is simply stealing and the police have a duty to stop it one way or another.

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