'Crats nix Internet Bookmobile effort at Walden Pond

David Rothman writes "Oh, the Thoreauvian irony. Massachusetts officials so far won't let Eric Eldred give away free copies of public domain books on the shores of Henry David Thoreau's famous pond. Might jeopardize on-site bookstore sales at Walden, some fear. This man Eldred is up to something dangerous--using an Internet Bookmobile to promote the idea of making one's own books from net.downloads. Hello, Garry Trudeau? Have fun drawing this up. Oh, and while you're at it, how about doing something about John Kerry's wimpiness toward the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act--likewise of interest to Eric Eldred? (Boston Globe via Larry Lessig's blog.)"

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No permit should be necessary

I should add that Eldred could apply for a permit for his Internet Bookmobile to do its thing. But (1) one might not be granted because of the fear of competition for the on-site bookstore and (2) asking for a permit most certainly would be outside the spirit of Thoreau.

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