Neil Gaiman on Copyright, Piracy, and the Web
The Open Rights Group interviews Neil Gaiman about his experiences with online piracy:
Edit: Also, here’s a journal entry that Gaiman posted during his American Gods experiment, responding to the concerns of an independent bookseller:
I don’t see this as either they get it for free or they come and buy it from you. I see it as Where do you get the people who come in and buy the books that keep you in business from?
The books you sell have “pass-along” rates. They get bought by one person. Then they get passed along to other people. The other people find an author they like, or they don’t.
When they do, some of them may come in to your book store and buy some paperback backlist titles, or buy the book they read and liked so that they can read it again. You want this to happen.