Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Internalize forever

Following up on Ken's post...

It's a small advance for society, I suppose, that Ms. Viswanathan didn't merely throw it all on the anonymous packager. And she did contribute some original material. She and her publisher have announced that future editions of her novel will offer more of it in place of the stolen bits. In software terms, that means that "Opal Mehta" was a beta version pawned off as a finished product, requiring patches and additional work that the consumer should have gotten in the first place. I was rather hoping that the practice wouldn't catch on elsewhere. (And I should know, since I Ken Nightfly ran a blog carnival that blew up in my Ken's his face some months back. Yes, it was my Ken's his fault.)

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