I agree with Sandrider, what's wrong with sharing the DE?(my downloaded PDF copy, uploaded my someone else before me.) An out of print, very difficult to get book? I think that it was the HLP that asked scribd and other servers to delete it, because it's a source of contradiction and conflict with the new Dune canon. The reasons given me by scribd are laughable, they have thousands of copyrighted books (i.e. very useful "for Dummies" books.), Take a look. Then i wonder, why don't they delete those books (yes, yes, I understand and clearly reject the illegal reproduction of copyrighted material. For instance my collection of classic Doctor Who is all original, even though I know where I could download the episodes from)
You gave me an idea, to print and sell t-shirts with the legend "I was banned from Dune Novels" (I'm just kidding, I imagine the looks of the people: "What is this nerd referring to?")
BTW (now that this SL group was closed down) I wonder if we are not endangered...
SandChigger wrote:Did the HLP purchase the copyright for the Encyclopedia from McNelly or his widow? Do they own it? They aren't specifically named in the message. You're assuming something that may not be true.
Either way, whoever owns the rights, it isn't you, Carlos. Sorry, but I don't see much similarity between what you did and what this Second Life group was doing. You simply uploaded content which you hold no rights to. But the SL group put a lot of effort into creating original secondary content based on primary material which they had no rights to. So I don't think you have much basis for your indignation.
Anyway, the message quite clearly states what Scribd can do to you: if you continue to upload material you don't own the copyright to, they'll delete your account and most likely try to block you from creating a new one.
If you're just printing up a few T-shirts using copyrighted images for your own personal use, you probably won't get caught, but if you start selling them, you could get into some real trouble.