Originally posted by mrgoat:
Take the energy and bitter hate you feel toward the pirates and use it for something positive...
I'll second that suggestion and ask that we pass the motion.
Sure we COULD spend time focusing on the behavior of those addicted to stuff,though until we address the basic underpinnings of our craft and our niche market, the war stories and hand washing will be ineffectual.
I'm pleased to see some of our classic literature made available in electronic format at www.lybrary.com,
a place where a hundred dollars can buy you a significant amount of magical knowledge. I'm also pleased to see RK reprinting some of K&G's works including CoinMagic
, and some time ago, Greater Magic
Will there be an underground where PDFs of books , AVIs or MPGs of videos are distributed. Yes, of course. It just used to be slower and involved physical copies. Now a good scanner and PC can copy a book to PDF without the fuss that a photocopier used to require.
From what I've seen, most folks who stay in the craft seem to have libraries of originals. Perhaps the larger demand is seeking its own supply? I strongly suspect there are market agenda issues regarding pricing, secrets, availability and political prestige involved that COULD be influencing people to seek copy-wronged documents (from print or video).
What to do? For most of us, just move on with our work and studies. For some of us, perhaps discussions about how to publish across tiers of the market to make the products available.