The same issues I have blogged about in relation to academic file sharing site have been (predictably) arising elsewhere, including most recently — and a little less predictably — in the world of online Buddhism.

This particular discussion got started by an announcement at Buddha Torrents that they have been asked (rather politely) to stop sharing files of books online. In reply, Justin Whitaker at American Buddhist Perspective posted a thoughtful rumination on the ethics of downloading dharma books, with a call for a new business model and a nod to the experience of the music industry. A further post goes into more depth.

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