Textbook license demands that you live a good life

The license agreement for Eugene Blanchard's 2007 textbook "Introduction to Data Communications," is a rather extraordinary document: Mr Blanchard will let you do whatever you want with his book provided you live a fairly ethical and honest life. I like the idea, and it's quite a cute provocation in light of the abusiveness of your average EULA.

Introduction to Data Communications since Revision 2.0 has the following licensing agreement. You are allowed to use it, view it, modify it without permission of the author Eugene Blanchard, provided that you agree to the following:

* That you will try to be a better person today than yesterday. * That you will exercise your body as well as your mind. * That you will tell the persons dear to you that you love them. * That you will defend the rights of those who are unable to defend themselves. * That you will not hurt your family members emotionally or physically. * That you will respect your elders and care for them in time of need. * That you will respect the rights of others in their religious beliefs. * That you will respect the rights of others in their sexual orientation. * That every man, woman and child has the right to be here and is equal regardless of race, creed or color. * That you will act honorably in all aspects of your personal and business life. * That your family is first and foremost the most important thing in your life. * That when you make a mistake, that you admit it and make amends.

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Consumer's Dilemma: a polemic about economic disparity disguised as a copyright license

Simon Phipps sez, "As an adjunct to creation of its report 'Media Piracy In Emerging Economies', the Social Science Research Council has devised a license that tries to show people in rich economies what it is that makes people in emerging economies use torrents rather than pay the author. Thir paywall and outrageous commercial pricing only apply if your IP address is in a rich country. They say: 'The resulting consumer dilemma is a ubiquitous experience in medium and low-income countries but one that confronts the American or European reader (or the media company employee conjured up by the commercial reader license) much less frequently and with much less intensity.'"

Not unexpectedly, our Consumer's Dilemma license for the report has generated some controversy. To recap, the CD license creates different paths to acquiring the report: first, we have an IP address geolocator that sends visitors from high income countries toward an $8 paywall when they download the report; all other resolvable IP addresses get free access. Second, and separately available, a 'commercial reader' license that costs $2000. There's also a $28 book, but I will assume that's not at issue here.

The Consumer's Dilemma

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