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Primo Levi explains the importance (and the absence) of ebooks in Public Libraries

67 years ago Primo Levi was deported to Auschwitz. 64 years ago he published a book about that experience titled If this is a man. 24 years ago Primo Levi died. Today Primo Levi reminded me of the absurdity of certain laws and wastes of public money, and how the technology could help culture. Today I met a high school student who, having to read If this is a man to write a report, borrowed in the closest Public Library the copy that you see in these photos.

When DRM on ebooks works like a bewitched, terribly broken bookshelf

Personally, I believe that copyright has a reason to exist (1) and that copying and sharing online 247 every file you can lay your hands on, “just because I can”, makes it easier to pass things like ACTA and therefore is

The need to control the future

(this page is part of the Family Guide to Digital Freedom, 2007 edition. Please do read that introduction to know more about the Guide, especially if you mean to comment this page. Thanks)

“He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.” George Orwell, 1984