Avast, Digital Mateys!

Ursula Le Guin, Stephen King, Harlan Ellison and Cory Doctorow all had something to say to the New York Times about digital piracy.

“The question is, how much time and energy do I want to spend chasing these guys,” Stephen King wrote in an e-mail message. “And to what end? My sense is that most of them live in basements floored with carpeting remnants, living on Funions and discount beer.”

And we know Cory Doctorow doesn’t follow Harlan Ellison’s policy of eternal vigilance and legal retribution, for this very simple reason:

“I really feel like my problem isn’t piracy,” Mr. Doctorow said. “It’s obscurity.”

[Thanks to Andrew Porter and Gary Farber for the link.]

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