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National publishers restricting international books

Publisher X publishes ebooks of an author in country X.  Publisher Y publishes ebooks of the same author in country Y.  Can Publisher X pressure the author over the terms of their contract with Publisher Y -- in particular, if Publisher X insists on all of its books having DRM, and thus wants Publisher Y to use DRM?

Publisher X's argument is that if Publisher Y sells the same ebook without DRM, then pirates will make the book easily available over the Internet and nobody will buy the book from Publisher X.  The problem is, that doesn't seem to be true, insofar as the DRM is not actually keeping pirates from accessing Publisher X's books and putting them on the Internet.
It’s hard to say what’s more shocking to me: the temerity of Hachette to attempt to dictate terms to its rivals on the use of anti-customer technology, or the evidence-free insistence that DRM has som...
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The goal is not to protect intellectual property rights. The goal is to slow down the growth of ebooks. The dominance of the publishing industry by the Big 6 depends on barriers to entry, which disappear with e-publishing. With e-publishing, any start-up small publishing company, any self-published author with a little competence, can compete with them on a level playing field. There's no way they can stop that and it means the end for them, so they're doing everything they can to delay the inevitable, even if it costs them money in the short term.
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