Is printing an ebook a form of piracy?

Stanlei Mclaggen June 20, 2011
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Consider this scenario:
I have bought an ebook online. I would like to print that book (using a printer of course) as I sometimes prefer reading it on a printed paper. Is printing that ebook considered piracy?

  1. Jma
    June 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    you can sell a regular book, why not a printed first copy? like college textbooks, for example.  since they've become as expensive as a printed copy, at least one printed copy sounds  reasonable. It will probably cost more to print than the printed version. 

  2. Osama
    June 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    no it's not piracy , u can print to read it and let others read it (without selling it to them)

  3. Mark O'Neill
    June 22, 2011 at 9:38 am

    If you own the book, then what you do with it in the privacy of your own home, provided you don't share that book with others, is entirely up to you.  Who's to know if you don't tell anyone?  

    When you start sharing with others, that's when you may start encountering problems.

  4. Gustavo Ibarguengoytia
    June 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    It depends on the license the book was published under.

    Some licenses prohibit any and all reproduction of the digital content, others don't care and some other even ask you to do so with proper recognition and credit to the authors.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_Commons_licenses
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright

    So depending on the license that ebook was created with you might be infringing a copyright law. But then you get into all the technicalities, if you are in a country that doesn't have the term Copyright in their legal vocabulary and laws, that a simple book won't be a problem.

  5. Anonymous
    June 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Well its some sort of piracy if you are sharing it with thousands, but also we buy books and we sell them again? then where is the limitation. If the author has no objections then you are free to go. DRM has never worked, will never work.