Paul Carr has just released his recent book, "Bringing Nothing to the Party", for free, online. Wanna download the book? Is this great PR? Of course, people who wouldn't buy or haven't heard of Paul's book can now access his ideas. Is this link-bait? Of course, Paul's getting thousands of links to PaulCarr.com or the TC article. Don't think that Paul's decision is anything but a PR move, but that doesn't change the outcome. Think of Leo Babatua, of ZenHabits.net. Leo has released all rights and claims for copyright to all his work. His calculation is that people that want to buy his work will pay for it and people who want to steal his content weren't going to pay for it anyway.
Virginia Quarterly Review. What really bothers me, and this is probably fodder for a much longer future post, is that the author and some of the commenters seem to diminish the dishonesty of this plagiarism. Towards the bottom of the article, Chris Anderson responds via email and make a few statements that are unbelievable, such as:You can check out the full story over at the
- As you’ll note, these are mostly on the margins of the book’s focus, mostly on historical asides, but that’s no excuse. If it's not an excuse, don't try to make it one. Don't try to diminish the dishonesty by noting that the plagiarized content is "historical asides."
- I think what we’ll do is publish those notes after all, online as they should have been to begin with. The real question here is, if VQR or another site didn't find this information, would you be publishing the full notes?
- All those are my screwups after we decided not to run notes as planned, due to my inability to find a good citation format for web sources… WTF? Couldn't find a decent citation format?
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