"A lot of things that we used to own, we now lease or rent, according to the terms of whoever is renting them to us,” Cindy Cohn, the legal director of Electronic Frontier Foundation, told me in an interview via Skype. “That’s a huge shift. You can use [a bound book] as a doorstop, you can give it to someone, you can read out loud from it, and you could do all sorts of things. But when you rent an e-book—when you license an e-book—you don’t own that copy. And it is subject to whatever terms are in the terms of service, and if the terms say that they can take it back any time, then they can take it back any time.” (If documentation is at all a measure of complication, then compare a receipt from a bookstore to a license agreement of, say, Amazon.)"
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