March 13, 2012
A Bit More "Grim News"
Salman Rushdie weighed in on the lawsuit against publishers by the Department of Justice. The Guardian is reporting:
"Seems that the US Justice Dept wants to destroy the world of books,"Rushdie wrote on Twitter. "Anyone who thinks that fair pricing that allows authors to make a living is a cabal or cartel system is deep in the grip of Napsterism – the belief (fostered by Napster in the music world) that it's OK to acquire people's work for almost nothing."
Maybe if competition were allowed to run free in legal distribution channels, the value of such works will be determined by the market. If that is less than an arbitrary higher price, well...? [MG]