..is different somewhat
from a paper book. And so is its copyright. Yet in many ways
it is the same or similar. Weeding through this can be daunting.
People wonder if they
can buy the eBook and sell it later. Some wonder if they can
run off copies for their friends and give them away for Christmas
Still others have decided
that they can do anything with this material that they darn well
Not surprisingly, we have
our own view. You're hearing it from the source:
Q: Can I print it?
A: Yes, and we encourage you to print
the portions that you wish to refer to on paper. For some kinds
of reading, paper is handier. It doesn't allow animated images,
web links or richly detailed images, but you may not need all
that if you have read it earlier on the computer.
We do not impose any printing
restrictions on the PDF files. Our goal is to make it as convenient
and pleasant an information gathering process as possible.
Q: Can I copy it?
A: You can--and should--copy the eBook
files to your computer hard drive. No sense accessing the CD
with every page jump. Chances are that your hard drive is much
faster than your CD player.
You may copy it to all
of your own personal computers that are under your personal,
direct control. That way, you can read it at home, on the road,
at your office or wherever you maintain a computer.
You can't copy it and
sell the copies. The penalties for that--when we hear about it--are
severe. A dentist in Louisiana nearly lost his license over that
very idea; he decided to go into business for himself reproducing
our work. We nailed him--and others--over this issue.
Copyright law--and in
particular Digital Copyright law--forbids this practice and puts
teeth in the law that makes it abundantly painful to those who
get caught being pirates of copyrighted works.
We offer rewards to those
who detect and alert us of software pirates. The pirate will
never know it was you who turned them in...
Q: Can I sell it?
A: Yes you can, as long as you do four
if you sell it in a public forum such as eBay) then you can sell the eBook original with
its package intact when you have outgrown it or no longer need
it. Here is the list of things you MUST do, otherwise you have
not lived up to the law:
1. (Only if selling it on a public sales
site such as, but not limited to, eBay.) Inform the publisher
that the sale will be appearing on days x through y. That will
alert them of your legal sale and prevent you from looking like
a software pirate. You'll get no hassle from them if you simply
let them know what's going on.
eBay has had a policy
for years of not allowing CDR materials to be sold through their
site unless the seller is the original copyright holder. Both
eBay and we know that software pirates are plentiful and eBay
knows that they cannot legally be a willing party to software
piracy. Now eBay allows resale of original material if the seller
has permission from the copyright holder to do so.
Permission costs nothing.
2. Remove every shred
of eBook software and files from all of your computers. All of
3. Destroy every hard
copy print-out you have made from any and all of the files.
4. Trash all of your iNovaFX
5. Destroy all traces
of the original serial number that you may have kept as a record
for upgrades and sidegrade purchases at a discount, and inform
the recipient that upgrade privileges do NOT transfer with the
transaction. Upgrade and sidegrade privileges only are granted
to the original first recipient of each eBook.
Q: Can I give it away?
A: You may give the original away as
long as you have completed steps 2 through 5 above. If you sell
your camera, throwing in the eBook as part of the sale is a good
incentive to the buyer.
You may NOT copy it and
give the copy away. You have no right to copy it for purposes
of giving it away. You can't run off print copies and give those
You may not sell a computer
that includes it while keeping a copy for yourself. But you can
include it in a computer sale as long as you do not keep a copy
(or the original) for yourself.
Q: Can I lend it to a friend?
A: Yes, under certain conditions. As
long as your "friend" does NOT make a copy of any of
the materials on the CD onto their computer and trashes any files
related to our work when they return the CD to you.
But if they do keep anything
on their computer after returning the CD to you, then YOU are
the primary copyright violator and we would come after you for
damages. Damages start at $5000 plus all attorney's fees.
Better yet, lend your
whole computer to your friend. Not happy with that? Perhaps you
can see our point of view on this issue through that suggestion.
Copyright in the digital
age is evolving. Perhaps some future system can be developed
without onerous conditions that would allow you to sell it and
not have to live up to today's conditions.
But for now, our eBooks
are the legal equivalent of an object. You can buy a book, then
sell it when you're finished with it. But if you were to run
off a copy of it--just for reference, mind--then you could NOT
sell the original without destroying your copy. Nor could you
sell that copy to a friend.
We endeavor to only expect
the same equivalent procedures from buyers of our eBooks. We
want you to buy it and enjoy it and learn from it and use its
included software and example files to your great benefit.
But we are merciless with
people who steal it.
Of course, that isn't
you, so this whole discussion is academic.