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  •  Yes, but DRM isn't the issue (1+ / 0-)
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    the license is the issue. In this case, I can't recall if Baen explicitly says that you get perpetual unrestricted use.

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    by eparrot on Wed May 08, 2013 at 01:42:02 PM PDT

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    •  yes you do, that's why they're DRM free so there's (3+ / 0-)

      no way to actually restrict what you do with them.

      Plus the Baen free library is a great source forfree sci-fi....it's under reconstruction so many books aren't in it yet,  but the archived copies on the internet archive have the entire old library still available....

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      by buddabelly on Wed May 08, 2013 at 02:35:31 PM PDT

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      •  Just took a look at it (4+ / 0-)

        The free ebooks are clearly no strings attached.  The paid ebooks do not say that, they merely say:

        "All of Baen's Ebooks available on its Baen Ebookstore are DRM-free and available worldwide. Once you purchase one of our Ebooks, you can download it as many times as you would like, in as many of the seven formats we provide, for as many Ereaders as you'd like."

        They also say that Baen may lose the rights to host books you've already purchased, so please download copies.

        I'd have to see something more explicit before assuming that I legally had perpetual rights to them and could give copies to whomever I wanted.  That said, it is certainly the least restrictive ebook site I've seen, including Smashwords.

        As a side note, I would guess at least 25% of the top 1000 books on Kindle at any given time are DRM free. Doesn't mean it's legal to keep using them if Amazon tells you you can't but if you copy the files to your computer there's not much they can do about it.

        Want a progressive global warming novel, not a right wing rant? Go to www.edwardgtalbot.com and check out New World Orders

        by eparrot on Wed May 08, 2013 at 05:52:09 PM PDT

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