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Pirating textbooks isn’t just against the law, it’s a good idea, too

Here’s a recent story from the Washington Post, informing us that More students are illegally downloading college textbooks for free.

Shared Article from Washington Post

More students are illegally downloading college textbooks for fr…

Students upload them (also illegally) to help others save money.

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It’s hard (if not impossible) to know just how prevalent this practice is, but some college students around the country are uploading their expensive college textbooks onto the Internet so other students can download them for free and avoid the hefty fees that are sometimes more than $200 a book.

Vocativ.com has a story titled “Why College Students are Stealing Their Textbooks,” which notes that some students are even downloading them for ethics classes.

The cost to students of college textbooks skyrocketed 82 percent between 2002 and 2012, according to a 2013 report by the U.S. General Accountability Office, the research arm of Congress. As a result, students have been looking for less expensive options, such as renting books — and, now, finding them on the Internet, uploaded by other students.

In August, an organization called the Book Industry Study Group, which represents publishers, retailers, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, librarians and others in the industry, released a survey of some 1,600 students and found, according to a release on the data, that “students continue to become more sophisticated in acquiring their course materials at the lowest cost as illicit and alternative acquisition behaviors, from scanned copies to illegal downloads to the use of pirated websites, continue to increase in frequency.”

–Valerie Strauss, More students are illegally downloading college textbooks for free
Washington Post, 17 September 2014.

Well, good. The textbook industry is an obscene racket, predicated on extraordinary costs and a maze of perverse incentives, controlled by a tightly organized cartel of copyright-monopolists, gargantuan institutional sellers and gargantuan institutional buyers, throwing every ton of their incredible weight onto the shoulders of students, tollgating and massively hampering the dissemination of knowledge.

Pirating textbooks isn’t just a good idea. It’s a mitzvah. Burn the domming industry to the ground. Knowledge can and should be free.

See also.

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<li><p><a href="http://alliance.rationalreview.com/2010/11/opportunities-announcements%E2%80%A6/">Opportunities &amp; Announcements… James Tuttle, <cite>On ALLiance</cite> (2010-11-02)</a>. <q>Dear Friends, ALLies and Fellow Workers, Enrollment for C4SSdotorg’s Stateless University is open until November 8th.  I will be the ombudsman for Introduction to Anarchism, Bravo Section.  Check it out! If you are a member of Students for Liberty, then you have the opportunity to earn a Stateless U. scholarship. ...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-11-04.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://eyeofthestorm.blogs.com/eye_of_the_storm/2010/11/just-one-more-time-people-likeben-bernankeandbill-clintonhave-no-place-as-writers-on-an-op-ed-page-the-first-thing-id-ask-f.html">just one more time: people like ben bernanke and bill clinton. Captain Capitulation, <cite>eye of the storm</cite> (2010-11-04)</a>. <q>just one more time: people like ben bernanke and bill clinton have no place as writers on an op-ed page. the first thing i&#39;d ask fred hiatt or david shipley: are you satisfied that the person whose name is on the article actually wrote it? and second, if you want their point of view...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-11-04.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://marjaerwin.livejournal.com/15950.html">He ordered the torture. <cite>Marja Erwin</cite> (2010-11-04)</a>. <q>He quibbles about whether the word applies, but brags about giving the order. All this shows that when the rulers commit atrocities, they have impunity.The ruling class is above the law.The scapegoat classes are below the law.The system creates corruption. It creates monsters. And it deflects anger away from itself...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-11-04.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.modestoanarcho.org/2010/10/evictions-or-occupations.html">Evictions or Occupations? lilprole, <cite>Modesto Anarcho</cite> (2010-10-13)</a>. <q>People in Merced Protest eviction of homeless squatters.In Merced today, police and city workers began the eviction process of a homeless encampment that has existed for several years. Where will these people go? Many will simply go to other camps, or find shelters to go into. According to the City...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-11-04.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/archives/2010/11/01/the-media-arent-liberal">The Media Aren't Liberal. Radley Balko, <cite>Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2010-11-01)</a>. <q>For the last few months, my colleague Matt Welch has been tracking the positions of California&#39;s newspapers on Proposition 19, the ballot measure that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. At last count, 26 of the state’s 30 largest dailies (plus USA Today) had run editorials on the issue, and...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-11-04.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://c4sif.org/2010/11/comic-book-pirated-on-4chan-author-joins-discussion-watches-sales-soar/">Comic Book ‘Pirated’ On 4Chan, Author Joins Discussion… Watches Sales Soar. Stephan Kinsella, <cite>Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom</cite> (2010-11-01)</a>. <q>A TechDirt post by Mike Masnick: Comic Book ‘Pirated’ On 4Chan, Author Joins Discussion… Watches Sales Soar from the connect-with-fans dept Paul Watson points us to yet another example of how engaging with fans of your work (even if, technically, they infringed on your copyrights) can lead to pretty happy...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-11-04.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2010/11/02/customs-officials-protect-amer">Customs Officials Protect America from Wealthy Canadian Who Wanted to Spend Money Here. Radley Balko, <cite>Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2010-11-02)</a>. <q>Canadian poker pro Terrence Chan has twice been turned away at the U.S. border by customs officials. He describes the first time, a week ago Thursday. After an hour of waiting, I made it to the front, where I was asked the usual questions. Where do I live? What do...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-11-04.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.modestoanarcho.org/2010/11/sacramento-police-kill-as-more.html">Sacramento Police Kill As More Information on Modesto Police Brutality Comes Forward. lilprole, <cite>Modesto Anarcho</cite> (2010-11-03)</a>. <q>In a situation mimicking police murders in Stockton, Modesto, and Bakersfield, Sacramento police are coming under fire for the shooting death of a 28 year old man on October 28th. Officers stopped a man on parole, and when he "reached into his waist band," officers claim he was reaching for...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-11-04.)</em></p></li>