I recently stumbled upon one of these sites. Assuming
it was legit, I answered a perlmonk question by linking to
a relevant Cookbook recipe. I included a "p.s." asking
if the site was really authorized to use the bookshelf
that way. After learning that it was indeed *NOT* sanctioned usage by O'Reilly, I promptly removed the links.
I'm a fence sitter on this one as well... Perhaps because
it is so similiar to the IP battles that the music industry
is currently going through. I certainly wouldn't give up
my copy of the Cookbook even if the entire contents was
available online for free. Perhaps it would even encourage
more people to buy the book (cause it is a damn good book!!!)
It's hard to compare O'Reilly with the IP Warlords of the
music industry, so perhaps that isn't really fair. I suppose its immaterial either way. O'Reilly doesn't want
you to do it, and it was their dime (and authors' sweat) that
made the book a reality. If they discourage that type of
usage, who am I to disagree.
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