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  • Crud! My original response got eaten by my browser, after I accidently pressed a bookmark. Typing a different one:

    I never claimed that an author should be forced to "open-source" his work. For example, the CC-by-nc-nd licence is anything but open-content, but is still a valid and acceptable copyright licence, that permits non-commercial redistribution of works under it (and other digital and tangible fair use). In my older article [] I made the claim that it should be illegal for anyone to prevent non-comme

    • I would agree that making available != open sourcing but I would lean towards it being a moral decision by the author but not a Kantian Moral Imperative.

      I think making a text available is very nice thing an author can do for the text and the audience.

      • OK, based on what Wikipedia says about "Kantian Moral Imperatives" [] , I think I understand what you mean. I never claimed that an originator of an artwork must make it available online for free distribution. He may also try to prevent people from doing so by using copyrights protection (which I find undesirable and bad, but not unethical) or by not providing an electronic copy.

        However, what he must not do is try to harass the people who redistribute it non-commercially by using such measures as DMCA takedown notices, RIAA-like witch-hunts against fileswappers, or worse or better. They'll just have to accept the fate that their work was non-commercially redistributed.

        They are still free to restrict it in other ways.

        I think making a text available is very nice thing an author can do for the text and the audience.

        That was the entire point of my "Closed Books" essay. I tried to demonstrate why it was beneficial for all parties involved.