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Makers - Cory Doctorow

Makers - Cory Doctorow

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Cory Doctorowdoctorow@craphound.comTor Books: 978-0765312792HarperCollins UK/Voyager: 978-0007325221Last modified 29 Oct 2009
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There’s a dangerous group of anti-copyrightactivists out there who pose a clear and presentdanger to the future of authors and publishing.They have no respect for property or laws.What’s more, they’re powerful and organized,and have the ears of lawmakers and the press.I’m speaking, of course, of the legal departmentsat ebook publishers.These people don’t believe in copyright law.Copyright law says that when you buy a book,you own it. You can give it away, you can lend it,you can pass it on to your descendants or donateit to the local homeless shelter. Owning bookshas been around for longer than publishingbooks has. Copyright law has
recognizedyour right to own your books. When copyrightlaws are made—by elected officials, acting forthe public good—they always safeguard thisright.But ebook publishers don’t respect copyrightlaw, and they don’t believe in your right to ownproperty. Instead, they say that when you “buy”an ebook, you’re really only
that book,and that copyright law is superseded by thethousands of farcical, abusive words in thelicense agreement you click through on the wayto sealing the deal. (Of course, the button ontheir website says, “Buy this book” and they talk about “Ebook sales” at conferences—no onesays, “License this book for your Kindle” or“Total licenses of ebooks are up from 0.00001%of all publishing to 0.0001% of all publishing, a100-fold increase!”)I say to hell with them. You bought it, you ownit. I believe in copyright law’s guarantee of ownership in your books.So you own this ebook. The license agreement(see below), is from Creative Commons and itgives you even
rights than you get to aregular book. Every word of it is a gift, not aconfiscation. Enjoy.What do I want from you in return? Read thebook. Tell your friends. Review it on Amazon orat your local bookseller. Bring it to yourbookclub. Assign it to your students (olderstudents, please—that sex scene is a scorcher)(
I’ve got your attention, don’t I?). AsWoody Guthrie wrote:“This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright #154085, for a period of 28 years, andanybody caught singin’ it without ourpermission, will be mighty good friends of ourn,cause we don’t give a dern. Publish it. Write it.Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that’sall we wanted to do.”Oh yeah. Also: if you like it,buy it (http://craphound.com/makers/buy) ordonate acopy(http://craphound.com/makers/donate) to aworthy, cash-strapped institution.Why am I doing this? Because my problem isn’tpiracy, it’s obscurity (thanks, @timoreilly forthis awesome aphorism). Because free ebookssell print books. Because I copied my ass off when I was 17 and grew up to spend practicallyevery discretionary cent I have on books when Ibecame and adult. Because I can’t stop you fromsharing it (zeroes and ones aren’t ever going toget harder to copy); and because readers haveshared the books they loved forever; so I mightas well enlist you to the cause.I have always dreamt of writing sf novels, since Iwas six years old. Now I do it. It is a goddamneddream come true, like growing up to be acowboy or an astronaut, except that you don’t getoppressed by ranchers or stuck on the launchpadin an adult diaper for 28 hours at a stretch. The
DOCTOROW/MAKERS/2idea that I’d get dyspeptic over people—
celebrating what I write is goddamned
 So, download this book.Some rules of the road:It’s kind of a tradition around here that myreaders convert my ebooks to their favoriteformats and send them to me here, and it’s onethat I love! If you’ve converted these files toanother format, send them to me(doctorow@craphound.com, subject MakersConversion) and I’ll host them, but before youdo, make sure you read the following:
Only one conversion per format, firstcome, first serve. That means that if someone’s already converted the file to aFemellhebber 3000 document, that’s theone you’re going to find here. I just don’tknow enough about esoteric readers toadjudicate disputes about what the idealformat is for your favorite device.
Make sure include a link to the reader aswell. When you send me an ebook file,make sure that you include a link to thewebsite for the reader technology as wellso that I can include it below.
No cover art. The text of this book isfreely copyable, the cover, not so much.The rights to it are controlled by mypublisher, so don’t include it with yourfile.
No DRM. The Creative Commonslicense prohibits sharing the file with“DRM” (sometimes called “copy-protection”) on it, and that’s fine by me.Don’t send me the book with DRM on it.If you’re converting to a format that has aDRM option, make sure it’s switched off.
A word to professors,librarians, and people whowant to donate money to me
Every time I put a book online for free, I getemails from readers who want to send medonations for the book. I appreciate theirgenerous spirit, but I’m not interested in cashdonations, because my publishers are reallyimportant to me. They contribute immeasurablyto the book, improving it, introducing it toaudience I could never reach, helping me domore with my work. I have no desire to cut themout of the loop.But there has to be some good way to turn thatgenerosity to good use, and I think I’ve found it.Here’s the deal: there are lots of professors andlibrarians who’d love to get hard-copies of thisbook into their students’ and patromns’ hands,but don’t have the budget for it.There are generous people who want to sendsome cash my way to thank me for the freeebooks.I’m proposing that we put them together.If you’re a prof or librarian and you want a freecopy of Makers, email freemakers@gmail.comwith your name and the name and address of your school. It’ll be posted below by my fantastichelper, Olga Nunes, so that potential donors cansee it.If you enjoyed the electronic edition of Makersand you want to donate something to say thanks,check below to find a teacher or librarian youwant to support. Then go to Amazon, BN.com,or your favorite electronic bookseller and order acopy to the classroom, then email a copy of thereceipt (feel free to delete your address and otherpersonal info first!) to freemakers@gmail.comso that Olga can mark that copy as sent. If youdon’t want to be publicly acknowledged for yourgenerosity, let us know and we’ll keep youanonymous, otherwise we’ll thank you on thedonate page.Check http://craphound.com/makers/donate for
DOCTOROW/MAKERS/3profs, librarians and similar people seekingdonations.
This file is licensed under aCreative Commons USAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license:
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/  You are free:to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit thework to Remix — to adapt the work Under the following conditions:Attribution — You must attribute the work in themanner specified by the author or licensor (butnot in any way that suggests that they endorseyou or your use of the work).Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes.Share Alike — If you alter, transform, or buildupon this work, you may distribute the resultingwork only under the same or similar license tothis one.With the understanding that:Waiver — Any of the above conditions can bewaived if you get permission from the copyrightholder. Other Rights — In no way are any of thefollowing rights affected by the license: Your fairdealing or fair use rights; The author’s moralrights; Rights other persons may have either inthe work itself or in how the work is used, suchas publicity or privacy rights. Notice — For anyreuse or distribution, you must make clear toothers the license terms of this work.
For “the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things.”
Suzanne Church almost never had to bother withthe blue blazer these days. Back at the height of the dot-boom, she’d put on her business journalist drag—blazer, blue sailcloth shirt,khaki trousers, loafers—just about every day,putting in her obligatory appearances at splashypress-conferences for high-flying IPOs andmergers. These days, it was mostly work at homeor one day a week at the San Jose MercuryNews’s office, in comfortable light sweaters withloose necks and loose cotton pants that she couldwear straight to yoga after shutting hercomputer’s lid.Blue blazer today, and she wasn’t the only one.There was Reedy from the NYT’s Silicon Valleyoffice, and Tribbey from the WSJ, and thatdespicable rat-toothed jumped-up gossipcolumnist from one of the UK tech-rags, andmany others besides. Old home week, blueblazers fresh from the dry-cleaning bags that hadguarded them since the last time the NASDAQbroke 5,000.The man of the hour was Landon Kettlewell—the kind of outlandish prep-school name thatalways seemed a little made up to her—the newCEO and front for the majority owners of Kodak/Duracell. The despicable Brit had alreadystarted calling them Kodacell. Buying thecompany was pure Kettlewell: shrewd, weird,and ethical in a twisted way.“Why the hell have you done this, Landon?”Kettlewell asked himself into his tie-mic. Tiesand suits for the new Kodacell execs in the room,like surfers playing dress-up. “Why buy twodinosaurs and stick ’em together? Will they mateand give birth to a new generation of less-endangered dinosaurs?”

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