"Home is where the Frito Pie leaks." -- StinkyLulu

Textbook Sharing vs. File "Sharing":

Bob Frankston (via Dan Bricklin) muses on the apparent disparity between the crackdown on file "sharing" on college campuses and the absence of a similar crackdown on textbook sharing. In fact the publishing industry isn't cracking down because they've already litigated this issue to death and won; see Basic Books, Inc. v. Kinko's Graphics Corp., 758 F. Supp. 1522 (S.D.N.Y 1991); American Geophysical Union v. Texaco, Inc., 60 F.3d 913 (2d Cir. 1994); and Princeton University Press v. Michigan Documents Services, Inc., 99 F.3d 1381 (6th Cir. 1996). In plain English, you just don't have a legal right to make and distribute copies of copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder. You can legally share a textbook in the sense Bob uses because you're not making a copy.

I have no particular aversion to file "sharing" (I miss Audiogalaxy something fierce), but whatever your position is on the issue there's still no excuse for not understanding that it's against the law.


It doesn't take much imagination to suspect The Falcon's Nest of being the online equivalent of a numbers station -- hidden among all the apparent random noise and cruft might be detailed instructions for the assassination of a diplomat in the men's room of a disco in Munich.

Not surprisingly, there's also a site that follows the fellow's antics. Oh my.

I made some minor tweaks tonight

, mainly to fix the hundred or so links I broke when I started using a server-parsed home page. The url changed from .html to .shtml but being the bright fella I am I neglected to update most of the rest of the site to reflect this. I also added an RSS feed and'll get a link for it up after I post this message.