Random House is claiming to own exclusive digital rights to books published in print decades ago. The old author’s contract specified print rights – which is bad enough. Now Random House claim that this applies to digital rights: so if you wrote a book twenty years ago, you do not enjoy the legal right to blog so much as a chapter of your own work, much less reuse it or publish it with some other publisher. Yes, your own work, words of the infinitely reproduceable sort or “owned” by a private monopoly even without contract. This is quite simply a violation of human rights, and authors have every reason to be outraged at the claim. This IP stuff gives capitalism as very bad name.
Source link: http://archive.mises.org/11241/speaking-of-human-rights-violations/