Stealing books isn’t a basic human right!

There’s been a big drama in the publishing world recently, involving an “internet archive” that has been lending pirated books to readers:

The lawsuit, filed June 1, does not just object to the National Emergency Library but to the way Internet Archive has long operated. Traditional libraries pay publishers licensing fees, and agree to terms that restrict how many times they can lend an e-book. Internet Archive, by contrast, takes books that have been donated or purchased, scans them and posts them online.

Now they’ve finally been stopped the internet has exploded …

… with people who are FURIOUS they can’t get all their books for free. Well I’m also furious.

STEALING MY WORK AND MY INCOME ISN’T OKAY.

STEALING ANY AUTHOR’S WORK AND INCOME ISN’T OKAY.

The outraged book pirates on Twitter are trying to frame this as a human rights issue. It’s not. Arguments like this are beyond selfish and stupid:

book piracy defenders 1

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