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Date: 2015-04-15 02:51 am (UTC)
merrily: Mac (Default)
From: [personal profile] merrily
Of course I care that theft happened! Look at my post! Look at the capslocks and the rage!

I just disagree with you that this happened because there's a download button on AO3. I think this happened because some people were assholes. And I think _that_ because I've seen variations of this occur maybe four times before, since I joined fandom 20 years ago. There's a reason so many folks used to have a "do not archive without permission" line in their author notes.

I mean, the other incidents were much more innocuous - early Harry Potter archives with particular 'shipping themes scooping stuff up to pad out their content offerings, for example. This run-in with ebooks-tree has the dubious honor of being the first time in my memory that someone tried to put fanfic behind a paywall without asking first.

I guarantee we're going to have another round of this sometime in the future, with or without downloads on AO3.

If you want to direct your energy towards lobbying to make downloads opt-out, go for it. I don't think adding that feature is going to be helpful, but maybe I'm wrong.

(PS - I can't read the subject line on your comment. What's it supposed to say?)
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